Supporting and empowering the people of Hertfordshire with a visual impairment

About Herts Vision Loss

Herts Vision Loss (formerly Herts Society for the Blind) exists to support the county’s estimated population of 38,900 people with sight loss in 2022 according to latest available data from RNIB. This number is set to rise to 45,800 by 2032, according to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.  Our aim is to support any person, living in Hertfordshire with a significant sight impairment.

Our frontline team offer a wide range of services, information, advice, outreach as well as social and support groups and practical help.

You can call us on 01707 324680 or email us at for more information.

Herts Vision Loss is a UK registered charity, charity number 1047148. 


Our Front Line Services

    • We help reduce social isolation and loneliness by home visiting and befriending as well as through our social clubs

    • We provide help, support and advice to patients and clinical staff at a number of low vision and hospital eye clinics across the county.

    • We provide coaching and training for those who come into contact with blind and visually impaired people whilst providing opportunities to help and support some of our younger working age clients back into the workplace.

    • We also support people in finding routes into employment or volunteering.

    • We have our Herts Vision Loss minibus and take people on trips and outings.

Our Mission


To ensure the people of Hertfordshire know how to look after their eyes and their sight. 


To provide everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and, if permanent sight loss occurs, there are early and appropriate services and support. 


To build a society where people with sight loss can fully participate. 

Support & Services

Between 2023-2028, HVL’s strategy has been one of Growth and Outcome. We will reach and support thousands more blind and partially sighted people who most need our help. We will work to ensure that people who are experiencing loss of sight receive the support that they need to rebuild their lives.

We aim to make sure that blind and partially sighted people get advice, support, and access to services to make the most of their lives. We will work to change our local community so that it fully includes blind and partially sighted people as equal citizens and consumers. We will continue to monitor the prevalence of sight loss and ensure that our accessible services meet the demands across Hertfordshire.

Sight Line

Call 01707 324680

Mon - Thurs, 9:30 to 16:00

Our Values

Our values describe our ethos. They underpin our behaviour and help us to judge our actions.

  • Sustainability – We use all resources effectively and efficiently
  • Inclusive – We include and value people with diverse experience, abilities, and backgrounds.
  • Giving – We give our help and support to those who need it in a non-judgemental way, ensuring that blind and visually impaired people are in the heart of all that we do.
  • Health – We promote good health and wellbeing amongst our service users, volunteers and staff alike.
  • Transparent – We are open and honest in all that we do.