About Us



In aid of North East Sensory Services

Total raised to date by this event: £22,357!

Thank you to everyone!




North East Sensory Services (NESS) exists to promote the needs of people with a sight or hearing loss.

NESS supports people with serious sight or hearing loss to overcome practical and emotional challenges and achieve independence.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) works with over 4,500 people with a sensory impairment in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross.

Founded in 1879 as 'Aberdeen Town & County Association for Teaching the Blind at their Home', Grampian Society for the Blind is a charity that provides advice and support to over 3000 people with sight loss, hearing loss and the Deaf community in the North East of Scotland.

Having been a provider of services to people with a visual impairment for over 125 years, we changed our memorandum of association in 2008 in order to be able to become a provider of sensory services.

From August 2009 we have been providing a sensory service on behalf of the local authority in Moray and in August 2010 we started our sensory contract with Aberdeen City Council.

In December 2010 we formally adopted the operational name of North East Sensory Services.

Since April 2013 we have provided Social Work, Information and Equipment Advice Services to people who are Deaf or hearing impaired living in Angus, Dundee or Perth & Kinross.

Our charitable services are also available to people in Aberdeenshire, where the statutory work is carried out by Aberdeenshire Visual Impairment Team and Deaf Action .

NESS provides statutory social work and rehabilitation services on behalf of councils in the North East:

NESS holds the register of people registered as partially sighted or blind for Aberdeen City and Moray

NESS holds the contract for the provision of services to deaf people (hard of hearing, deafened, deafblind and Deaf community) on behalf of Aberdeen City, Angus, Dundee, Moray and Perth & Kinross Councils

NESS provides a guide communicator service for deafblind people in Angus and Dundee

NESS can help people to access benefits and services from other organisations

NESS offers an expert social work, mobility and rehabilitation service to enable people to increase their independence and safety

Resources for the Deaf and hard of hearing


NESS's voluntary services:

social and activity groups throughout Aberdeen and Moray

in-house magazines and newspaper recordings on memory stick or CD

transcription service into audio, braille and BSL DVD formats

quarterly newsletter

ICT demonstration and training facilities in Aberdeen and Elgin

extensive library of audio books, also available by free postal service

resource centres of aids for daily living in Aberdeen and Elgin

fully accessible meeting facilities at John Street, Aberdeen and Victoria Crescent, Elgin

employment support and advice service for Aberdeen

opportunities for volunteering

Young Peoples' Sensory Service - support and social events for people aged 0-18

Connect-Inform-Support Service (CIS) supports people aged 65+ in the Grampian area


North East Sensory Services welcomes referrals from ophthalmology and audiology departments at local hospitals, individuals, professionals, carers and family members.

Grampian Society for the Blind is a charity registered in Scotland (SC009537) and a company limited by guarantee (SC155630).

North East Sensory Services is a charity  registered in Scotland  SC009537.

All images courtesy of Ray Smith raysmithphotography.com

For more info please contact:

E-mail: neil.skene@nesensoryservices.org