Timeline 2009 - Present

2009 - 553 people registered


Ilkley INSIGHT Group comes under the umbrella of the Keighley and District Association for the Blind.


Frank Wells Chairman of the Association for nearly nine years steps down.  Keith Trott, Vice Chairman for four years becomes Chairman.


Patricia Durdey left as Craft Class Tutor


Launch of Digital Library

2010 - 540 people registered


Visit by Mrs Anita Reynolds FRCOphth, Mmed Sci.  The first Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon to visit the sight centre.


Gillian Davies started as Craft Class tutor

2011 - 534 people registered


Name of the orgaisation changed from Keighley and District Association for the Blind to sight airedale

2012 - 526 people registered


Launch of Braille Learning Service


Withdrawl of Arts and Craft Class due to economic downturn

2013 - 517 people registered


Launch of Mobile Phone and Tablet Demonstration Service



Cross Hills Centre merge with Silsden Centre

Work starts on refurbishing the bunglow in Oakworth


Works on bungalow in Oakworth completed at a cost of £15,000 funded by £3,000 from a Trust and £12,000 from reserves


Trustees decided to extend the criteria to include non-registered people subject to providing a letter of visual impairment (LVI)


Launch of Connor Wrighton Humpty Fund

2014 - 490 People Registered



Decision made to close the Skipton Social Centre (Skipton Blind Club) (last meeting will be on 22 March 2016)



Kevin Baldwin 1956 - 2017

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our Chief Executive Kevin Baldwin on Sunday the 10 September 2017 following a long illness. Kevin joined the then “Keighley and District Association for the Blind in October 1988” as Administrator of the charity.

Kevin was born in Keighley on the 8 February 1956 along with his twin brother Ian. He was educated at Ermysteads Grammer School in Skipton before gaining employment at Airedale General Hospital from 1974 to 1982 when he took up the role as Materials Manager at the Yorkshire Clinic.

In 1988 the then “Keighley and District Association for the Blind” had 600 registered members and 2 residential care homes in Bingley and Keighley (now the Keighley Healthy Living Network). Faced with increased government legislation the charity took the decision to advertise for a full time administrator to co-ordinate its activities and promote it to the local community.

Following an interview in June 1988, Kevin commenced work at the Charity on the 3 October 1988. During his time at sight airedale the following achievements were made

• 1992 - The formation of the Silsden Social Centre
• 1992 - The launch of the quarterly large print newsletter ‘Insight’ now seefact
• 1995 - The introduction of Art Classes
• 1996 – Successfully applied for a £90,000 grant from the National Lottery to fund a talking lift and the widening of a staircase.
• 1996 – 1997 A major refurbishment of the charities Scott Street premises to create the Vision Resource Centre
• 1998 – Launched computer studies classes
• 2000 – Introduced the Mary Arnold award in memory of Mary Arnold, a volunteer and Keighley Centre Organiser since 1947.
• 2002 – The conversion attic space of 31 Scott Street into a UK Online Centre.
• 2004 – The refurbishment of the 5 flats in Keighley
• 2005 - The Charity Commission granted permission for the communities of Ilkley, Burley-in-Whafedale and Menston to be included in the Association's beneficiary area.
• 2006 – Launch of the Braille Transcription service.
• 2007 – Organised programme of events to celebrate the charities 100th Anniversary including a Royal Visit by HRH Duke of Gloucester to open the newly refurbished Lena Anderton Meeting Room
• 2008 – Introduced the Edith White Achievement Award in memory of Edith White who had been Director and Trustee for 24 years.
• 2009 – Launch of the Go Digital Audiobook Library
• 2011 – Charity name changed from “Keighley and District Association for the Blind” to sight airedale
• 2012 – Launch of the Braille Learning service
• 2013 – Launch of the Mobile Phone and Tablet demonstration service
• 2014 – Refurbishment of the charities Bungalow in Oakworth
• 2017 – Installation of a tactile map in the Lena Anderton Meeting Room to commemorate the Charities 110 anniversary.



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