We are a Wolverhampton based community group for people who are visually impaired or severely visually impaired, sometimes called blind or partially sighted. The group is relaxed and informal and  provides training in Braille and a range of technologies that support people to be more independent.

VITALBAT is open to anyone from Wolverhampton and the surrounding area who is blind or visually impaired. People are expected to make their own way to the group, current group members  use  Ring and Ride, public transport, use canes and have guide dogs.

Speech synthesisers and screen readers are  used to turn the written word on computers into speech and Braille

VITALBAT offers one to one support to  learn Braille,  and the range of technologies that  go hand in hand with using Braille, which can be a useful skill to have to improve  independence.

The group is also able to support people to learn to use a range of other technologies, including how to use screen reader programmes such as JAWS, document scanning programmes and M=Power Braille note.

                             VITALBAT is welcoming and friendly and has a wealth of experience of living positively with sight loss.

                             The group meets on a Tuesday at The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton city centre,. The morning session is from 10-30-12.30 and focuses on computer technology, many people then stay and have lunch together  and the afternoon session which starts at 1.00pm focuses on Braille.

                             Transcription Service

                              In addition  VITAL BAT provide a transcription service, we have previously provided this for The National Trust  and Wireless for the Blind and we are currently working with West Midlands Police.


                              Contact Tom Buckley regarding transcription A donation is requested to cover expenses.  

The group  is supported by City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. For more information please contact Simon Kimberley at  or

 Click here for a braille demonstration.