About Us

Our History

Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service is a local charity based in the North East of England. We support people living with blindness or a visual impairment.
Operating out of our two Resource Centers, we provide vital services including:


Low Vision Clinic

Staying Mobile

Staying Independent

Visual Impairment Awareness Training VIAT

My Sight, My Future
Benefits and Advocacy Support
Vision Support Project
Employment Support
Peer Support
Social and leisure activities
Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service, formally Northumbria Sight Service was established in 1996 following a national research project named Northumberland Tyne and Wear Initiative, funded by RNIB, Guide Dogs and local authorities across Tyne and Wear.
The research showed that the figure of people living with sight loss was three times higher than originally thought.
Findings also highlighted that the majority of people living with sight loss had received little of no training or support.
As a result of this research three new organisations were formed: Northumberland County Blind Association, The Blind Society of North Tyneside and Northumbria Sight Service.
In 2002, it was identified that Gateshead and South Tyneside local authority areas were without a voluntary sector presence. With permission from the Charity Commission, NSS became Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service.