North East Sensory Services
North East Sensory Services
The new operational name for Grampian Society for the Blind

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.

Formerly Grampian Society for the Blind (GSB), North East Sensory Services (NESS) works with over 4,200 people with a sensory impairment in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross.

You can find out more about the range of services and support we provide in our Social Impact Report and Social Accounts.

*Latest News*

Deaf School Spring Fayre

Aberdeen Deaf School are holding their Spring Fayre at NESS 21 John Street Aberdeen on the morning of Thursday 2nd April from 9.30am - 12pm.  Come along and purchase some of the crafts and cakes they have made - all welcome!

NESS Holiday Closure Dates

The NESS resource centres in Aberdeen and Elgin will be closed on Friday 3rd April and will reopen on Monday 6th April.  The cafe at 21 John Street will be closed from Friday 3rd April and will reopen on Monday 13th April.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Fundraising Events

Find out more about upcoming NESS events - including cycling events, a clairvoyance evening and the return of our Drive of Your Life event!  Click here for more info.

Sport Aberdeen Focus Group 

Sport Aberdeen are looking for people to take part in a focus group to give their thoughts on how to best communicate what's happening in both disability and inclusive sport.  The focus group for participants with a physical disability or sensory impairment takes place on Thursday 2nd April from 2.30-3.30pm at Westburn Outdoor Centre, Westburn Park Aberdeen.  To confirm your attendance or to find out more please contact: Andrinne Craig, Inclusion Development Officer on or 01224 578718.  Click here for more info.

Bus Use Survey 

The Research Unit at the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce is conducting research in partnership with First Group and NESTRANS to understand the barriers to the use of buses in Aberdeen.  The aim of the research is to identify what the existing barriers are and to identify the factors that might encourage increased usage in people travelling to work.  This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete - click here to access the survey.

Young Peoples' Sensory Service Easter Activities Timetable

Click here for our Easter Activities Timetable, including ten-pin bowling and horse riding!


contactSCOTLAND is a new free online interpreting service that lets Deaf people throughout Scotland who use BSL to make contact (webcam/signing) with public services such as their Doctor, Police Scotland, 101 (NOT emergency 999 services), Council services and NHS24 etc.  Click here for more information or to access the service.

To find out about our services in each area, click on the links below:


NESS Spring Ball 2015
NESS Spring Ball 2015
Hands-on signing in Elgin
Hands-on signing in Elgin


*North East Sensory Services ACHIEVES INVESTORS IN PEOPLE BRONZE ACCREDITATION - click here for more info*


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North East Sensory Services is the operational name for Grampian Society for the Blind, a charity  registered in Scotland  SC009537

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