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Blind or visual impairment

Practical ways to make banking easier if you’re blind, have sight impairment or difficulty reading.

  • Our app1 has been designed with accessibility in mind, and has been awarded the AbilityNet Accessibility kite mark. This means it’s compatible with most accessibility features, like inverting screen colours on your device and voiceover technology.

    If your device uses fingerprint technology or face recognition, you’ll be able to log in using your unique fingerprint, so you won’t have to use your passcode every time.*

    In the app, you can check your balance, view your statements, make payments and view your cards. You can also contact our team using our live instant-messaging service or Direct Call.

    Find out how you can change your device settings to make it more accessible.

    You can also chat to us face to face wherever you are in the app using our video-banking service. To do this, you'll first need to download and install the separate Barclays Video Banking app. Once you have, you can make a call from your main Barclays app help menu.

    Get our app

    * For your security, we'll still ask you to enter your five-digit passcode for the app from time to time.

  • Online Banking lets you do your banking in your own time, without having to visit a branch or phone us. It’s safe and it gives you complete control of your accounts with us. It’s been awarded the AbilityNet Accessibility kite mark.

    You can adjust the size of text and screen contrast when you’re logged in, as well as change your computer settings to give you a better experience.

    It’s free to register for Online Banking, and once you have, you can do almost everything you can in a branch, with clear guides to help you at any point. Just register online or call us on 0345 600 2323 2, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use our Text Relay service if you prefer.

    Find out how you can change your device settings to make it more accessible.

    Passcode and memorable word

    You can use a passcode and memorable word to log in to Online Banking, instead of PINsentry. Just choose that option on your Online Banking homepage we’ll ask you to enter your code and 2 random letters from your memorable word. You can also save this as your preferred log-in method.

    For security reasons, some features of Online Banking are only available if you log in with PINsentry. See our PINsentry FAQs  for more information.

    You can choose your own passcode and memorable word in 2 ways:

    1. Selecting ‘I’ve forgotten my log-in details’ on your Online Banking homepage.
    2. Logging in and selecting ‘Change my passcode & memorable word’ under ‘Customise my site’.

    Then just follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Call us on 0345 734 534512 and we’ll send you a membership number and five-digit passcode within five working days.

    If you find it difficult to use your telephone keypad, press star when asked for your membership or card number, and then again when asked for your account sort code. You’ll then be connected to an adviser who can help you.

    You can also access Telephone Banking using Next Generation Text relay service, or create your own Telephone Banking passcode that's more memorable to you.

    Call us from your app

    Our app lets you contact us using our Direct Call service. This means we already know who you are, so you don’t have to go through the steps to identify yourself again. Get the app

  • Most of our branches have private meeting rooms and accessible quiet areas, so you’ll have a comfortable space to talk to us.

    We also offer longer appointments, so we have plenty of time.

    If you’d like these, just let us know when you book your appointment.

  • If you have a personal or business current account with us, you can do much of your day-to-day banking at a Post Office 

  • Our audio cash machines (also known as audio ATMs or talking cash machines) can help you safely and independently withdraw cash and use other services, such as getting your balance, topping up a mobile phone and ordering statements. They’re also useful if you have dyslexia or learning difficulties. More than 98% of our cash machines provide this service.

    We designed them with people who have visual impairments and other access requirements, and they’ve won a Technology 4 Good Award for accessibility and were recognised by the Royal National Institute for Blind People with an Exemplar Service Award in 2013.

    Just insert your own headphones (any with a standard 3.5mm jack plug, like the one on a phone or MP3 player, will work) into the audio output socket on the front of the cash machine and listen to the options. An audio guide will then talk you through the available transactions.

    The cash machine panel includes Braille labels, as well as raised numbers on the keys and a funnelled entry point for your card.

  • If coming to see us in branch or speaking to us on the telephone isn’t convenient for you, we have several other ways you can get in touch that might be more suitable.

    If you use BSL (British Sign Language), talk to us safely and easily through our SignVideo service.

    Secure messaging
    You can use our secure messaging service in Online Banking to get help with your banking when it's convenient for you. Just log in to send us a message.

    Direct Call
    Our app lets you contact us using our Direct Call service. This means that we already know who you are, so you don’t have to go through the steps to identify yourself again. Get the app.

    Live chat
    Our app also has a live instant-messaging service, to get help with your banking anywhere, anytime. Get the app.

  • To help us tailor your banking to your needs, you can let us know if you have any specific requirements. We’ll then add a discrete and confidential note to your account, so we’ll know about this whenever you want to speak to us or visit a branch. 

    Our indicators include


    • Dexterity
    • Reading, or understanding words or numbers
    • Hearing
    • Hearing – lip reader
    • Hearing – sign language
    • Mobility
    • Memory
    • Speech
    • Speech and hearing
    • Speech – synthetic voice
    • Visual – audio letters
    • Visual – large-print letters
    • Visual – Braille

    Our video featuring a customer with Dyslexia, shows how our tailored services might be useful.

    We’ll never use this information for any reason other than to improve our service and tell you about new services that you might find useful.

    Just let us know if you feel that any of these categories reflect your requirements and we’ll take care of the rest. You can also ask us to remove this information at any time.

  • Our audio-accessible PINsentry card reader is larger than a standard device, so it’s easier to hold, has a bigger screen and an easy-to-use key pad, to help you log in to Online Banking.

  • You can choose to receive your statements from us in standard print, large print, audio CD, Braille or online.

    If you use Online Banking, you can adjust the text size and screen contrast when you’re logged in, to make your statements easier to read. You can also download them as PDFs on a computer or smartphone.

    If you use the Barclays app, changing the accessibility features on your device can help you read your statements in the app, like inverting the colours on the screen1.

    Get more information on how to adjust your device settings.

  • You can ask us for communications we send you to be in Braille, large print or audio – like brochures, account statements, letters, mortgage information, card details, PINs and passcodes. We can also offer large print cheque books.

    Once you’ve chosen the format that’s most suitable to you, everything we send you will be that way from then on. You can request your account information and communications in an alternative format from any branch or by calling us on 0345 734 5345 2.

    Or, to get information about our products in an alternative format, you can visit any branch, call us on 0800 169 3091 2.

  • We offer coloured overlays in a range of colours that can help to make text clearer and more comfortable to read. They can be used both to change the colour of paper and a screen.

    To order, simply ask us to when you next speak to us.

  • We offer templates to make writing cheques, filling out credit slips and signing your debit or credit cards easier.

    Use the spaces and Braille instructions on the relevant template to show you where to write the amount, payee, date and signature for cheques and slips and your signature for cards.

    You can order templates from any of our branches or by calling us on 0345 734 5345 2.

  • We offer cheque and credit books written in large print so they can be read more easily. You use them as you would any other cheque or credit book.

    You can order a book from any of our branches or by calling us on 0345 734 5345 2.

  • There are 12 designs available – four feature a bright stripe and arrow to indicate the leading edge of the card that you insert into a cash machine or chip-and-PIN reader, while eight others come in a range of high-contrast colours that make it easier to locate and read the text on your card.

    All high-visibility cards have a larger security number on the back of the card (CVV) and a notch to show which end to insert into cash machines or chip-and-PIN readers. Then you just use it as you would any other debit card.

    To order one, use the Personalised Debit Card site, choose “High Visibility” from the drop down list from Image gallery and follow the details on-screen. 

Other ways we can help you

Changing your settings

If you want to make your computer or device easier to use. Explore AbilityNet’s ‘My Computer My Way’ site.

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