With a history of helping blind and visually impaired people in Ipswich for nearly 150 years, the Ipswich Blind Society is one of the oldest Societies in the town, and I am proud to be their Patron.â€ David Sheepshanks.
The Ipswich Blind Society (IBS) is the oldest of three voluntary organisations set up in Suffolk to provide services for the blind and visually impaired. The Mission Statement of the Ipswich Blind Society is simple: To help the blind and visually impaired people of Ipswich live full, independent and active lives. The principle objectives of the Society are:
The Society supports all blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Borough of Ipswich and those in the surrounding areas who choose to make use of these services.
The Ipswich Blind Society has historically operated as a not-for-profit exempt charity, registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1893 on the 30 March 1950 under registration number 13826 R. Suffolk. However the Society has recently begun the process of conversion to a Registered Charity, and on 13 January 2011 registered under the Companies Act 2006 as a Company Limited by Guarantee, company number 7491559.