Cardiff Institute for the Blind

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Cardiff Institute for the Blind is Cardiff's oldest charity, founded in 1865 and offering support to visually impaired residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

History of CIB[edit]

Cardiff Institute for the Blind was founded in 1865 by Frances Batty Shand, the daughter of a Jamaican plantation owner.

After moving to Cardiff, Shand set up a small workshop employing four blind men to make baskets for coal ships. After employing ten more men, the workshop was relocated to Byron Street in Roath, later moving to Longcross Road - near the Institute's current home on Newport Road.

By 1900, around 100 blind men and women were employed making baskets, brushes and mats.

The Longcross Street building was destroyed during WWII and made way for Shand House - a plot of land situated on Newport Road and donated to the charity in 1949 - completed and opened in 1953.


CIB offers support and services for visually impaired people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Music Club CIB has recently launched a Music Club which is open to all.

Computer Club The Institute's Computer Club has been running for over 10 years, providing around 30,000 training sessions for visually impaired people.


Working alongside RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), CIB is campaigning to gain equality for the visually impaired in receiving Disability Allowance.