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Volunteers needed for See Hear exhibition

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Shropshire Council’s sensory impairment team are looking for volunteers to work as sighted guides for visually-impaired visitors to this year’s See Hear exhibition on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at Shrewsbury Sports Village in Sundorne Road.

The team will be holding a training session for volunteers to gain guiding skills during the afternoon of Tuesday 23 April 2013 at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury.

See Hear is an exciting and popular event which attracts around 600 visitors each year to see the latest in technology, equipment and services for people with a sensory impairment.

This year the event will include a complimentary eye-screening facility using the very latest OCT scanner by Topcon, which can detect early signs of potential problem in a way not possible before.  Visitors will also get the chance to experience life with sight loss inside the sensory tunnel, as well as experiencing an interactive presentation on how the ear works at The Bionic Ear show.

Pauline Rose, manager for Vision Technology and Training Shropshire and organiser of the See Hear event, encouraged people to come forward to volunteer on the day:

“The See Hear exhibition has been growing in popularity since we first held it in 2008.  We need around 20 volunteers to assist visitors with sensory impairments around the exhibition.  This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to help us on the day and contribute to enhancing our visitors’ experience.”

If you are interested in giving your time and becoming a volunteer for the day, please contact Debbie Smith, sensory impairment team on 01743 277698 by email to debbie.smith@shropshire.gov.uk.