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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or learning difficulty

If you have difficulty with words and numbers, we've got a range of services designed to help.

  • Visiting us in a branch

    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

  • Audio cash machines

    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 funneled entry point for your card.

  • Braille, large print and audio communications

    You can ask us for anything we send you in Braille, large print or audio formats – from brochures, account statements, letters, mortgage information, cheques, credit books, PINs and passcodes.

    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 53451.

    Or, to get information about our products in an alternative format, you can visit any branch, call us on 0800 169 30911.

  • Changing your card PIN

    You can create a PIN (personal identification number) for your debit or credit card that find easy to remember.

    You’ll need a PIN for each card that you have, and we can send a new one to you if you don’t know what one of them is.

    You can change your PIN at any of our cash machines by inserting your card, selecting ‘PIN Services’ from the menu and following the instructions. You’ll need your original PIN code in order to get to this screen, but that’s the only time you’ll need to enter it.

    You can also get advice on changing your PIN at any of our branches or by calling us on 0345 734 53451. PIN advice slips are also available in Braille, large print and audio formats.

  • Chip-and-sign cards

    If you find it difficult to remember a PIN, a chip-and-sign card allows you to use your signature when using your debit or credit card, or use PINsentry to identify yourself in branch.

    Instead of entering a PIN, you’ll be asked to sign a receipt that will be checked against the signature on your card.

    You can order a chip-and-sign card from any of our branches or by calling us on 0345 734 53452.

  • High-visibility debit cards

    As part of our debit card personalisation service, we offer a free high-visibility option to make the card easier to use.

    There are 12 designs available – 4 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 8 others come in a range of high-contrast colours that make it easier to locate and read the text on your card.

    Our high-visibility debit card designs have won a Technology 4 Good Award for accessibility. All high-visibility cards contain 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.

    You can order your free card by visiting our card-designer page and following the on-screen instructions. You can also order one in any of our branches, or by calling us on 0345 734 53452.

  • Online banking

    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 1, 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.

  • Telephone banking

    Telephone Banking allows you to safely pay bills, transfer money, order statements and get statements read to you over the phone, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Call 0345 734 53451

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

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

  • bPay by Barclaycard

    bPay is a range of contactless payment devices that may be helpful id you have dexterity problems, sight loss or dyslexia. They use pre-paid accounts that link to most major credit or debit cards – you don’t need to bank with us or have a Barclaycard.

    You can choose a wristband, fob or sticker,which all work just like a contactless card, so you can pay for anything up to £30.

    You can also use the bPay mobile app with your contactless device. It lets you track your spending and top up yor account on the go. You can choose your device on the bPay website. If you’d like your bPay welcome pack and chip ID in Braille, large print or audio, please email your full name, phone number and order number to help@bpay.co.uk.

  • Accessible statements

    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 Barclays Mobile Banking, changing the accessibility features on your device can help you read your statements in the app, like inverting the colours on the screen3.

    Get more information on how to adjust your device settings.

  • Care indicators

    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. For example, you can let us know if you have speech impairment and need extra time when talking to us, or if you have sight impairment and need us to send your information in a certain format.

    Our care 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 shows how we use care indicators to tailor our service to you.

    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’d like to add a care indicator and we’ll take care of the rest. You can also ask us to remove it at any time.

  • Our mobile banking app

    Our Barclays Mobile Banking app3 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 the Barclays Mobile Banking help menu.

    Get our app

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

  • Ways to contact us

    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.

    SignVideo
    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.

  • Audio-accessible PINsentry card reader

    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.

  • Coloured overlays

    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.

Other ways we can help you

Changing your settings

If you want to make your computer or device easier to use, we’ve created a site with disability charity AbilityNet to show you how to do so.

Our latest developments

Keeping you up-to-date

We’re committed to inclusive design and accessible services – using new technology to make banking easier for you.