Sight Support For Northamptonshire

About Us

As Northamptonshire’s local sight loss charity, NAB provides advice, support and products to help visually impaired people live life to the full. We do this through our empathy, experience and expertise.


Our Mission

We are the only local sight support charity that will visit you in the comfort of your own home, providing emotional and practical support, helping you adjust to living with sight loss.

Sight is a remarkable gift but in 2019, there are an estimated 22,500 people with some degree of disabling sight loss in Northamptonshire. By 2030, as the County’s population grows and ages, this number could rise to over 32,000. We need your help to meet this growing demand for our services.

Our Impact

We’ve recently had an official piece of research conducted by the University of Northampton’s Social Institute for Social Innovation and Impact.

It concludes that our services are “clearly effective and impactful”.  So impactful in fact that every £1.00 spent on our home visiting service generates £4.00 of positive Social Impact. 

Based upon the indicative social impact data collected and reported on as part of this research project, it is estimated that NAB has had a social impact worth £2,496,789.70.

We’re really pleased with it as it confirms what we’d always thought but didn’t know for a fact – that not only are we quite good at what we do, what we do makes a positive difference to the lives of the people we are here to support, their family and friends.  

This, we hope, will give confidence not only to our funders and those who run our public services – investing in services for the visually impaired clearly makes sense and more to the point saves money – but to our wonderful staff and volunteers who make it all possible and last but not least, our beneficiaries – the very people we are here to support.

Meet The Team

Our team of specialist staff are here to help you, a loved one or a friend adjust to living with sight loss. We do this through our empathy, experience and expertise.

Laura Desborough

Support Worker
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I have worked for NAB for 19 years in different roles. I have done my current role as a Community Support Worker for the last 11 years enabling visually impaired people to stay independent in their own homes.

Likes: Anything relating to cats
Dislikes: Any seafood
Super power: Be the invisible woman

Allison Burton

Northampton Sight
Centre Officer

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I started work for NAB in July 1991 as an activity assistant but was often called in to help with selling the aids and gadgets that help visually impaired people. I learnt as I went along and eventually became the Northampton Sight Centre Officer.

Likes: Jigsaws and doing Cross Stitch and oil painting
Dislikes: Meat or fish.
Superpower: To eradicate all homelessness and poverty.

Stephen Pascoe


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I started working for NAB in 1999 as a volunteer. After a couple of months I was offered a position as a staff member. I’m still here.

This year is my 20th anniversary of working for NAB. I’m an administrator responsible for our talking newspaper, database and transcription service amongst other things.

Likes: Cake
Dislikes: Lack of cake
Super Power: Super-lovable, super-diligent, super-enthusiastic. Take your pick.

Diane Dove

Community Team

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I have been working for NAB since 1989, my role is answering telephone queries, database work and helping the Community Team where I can.

Likes: Sunshine and Spring days
Dislikes: Ice cream and custard
Superpower: To be Stretch Armstrong (because he’s tall)

Education & Training


We deliver free iEducation talks aimed at children in years 5 and 6 in particular. Call us today to find out more.

Primary Schools in Northamptonshire are also supporting out #ShoutOutForShades campaign, raising vital money for NAB.

Find out more

Work place

How accessible is your work place for people with visual impairments (VI). We can help. Book an “VI Accessibility health check” today.

Please call us today to find out more on:

01604 719193

Our Supporters

We would like to say thank you to the following supporters who have made our work more possible

Our Services

For more than 125 years we have been working with blind and partially sighted people throughout Northamptonshire helping thousands of individuals transform their lives.

Find out how we can help you today – phone our confidential helpline on 01604 719193 or send us an email