See and Hear exhibition for people with sight or hearing impairments returns for eleventh successful year
Shropshire’s See and Hear Exhibition will again be hosting a fantastic range of events and activities for people with sight and hearing loss at Shrewsbury Sports Village on Wednesday 16 May 2018.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Inspiration’ and will be opened by John Churcher and his guide dog, Daisy. John was the first deafblind person to climb The Eiger.
Now in its eleventh year, the free event has gained national recognition bringing together the very best in hearing and sight support from across Shropshire and the UK.
Shropshire’s See and Hear attracts over 800 visitors each year who come to see the latest in technology, equipment and services for people with a sensory impairment. This year’s sees over 70 exhibitors taking part and will showcase equipment and information from national companies, national and local charities, as well as public, voluntary and private sector services.
See and Hear 2018 exhibition will include:
- Over 70 exhibitors offering information and advice, and demonstrations of the latest technology
- Boccia tournament – hosted by Shropshire Disability Network, with the awards presented by National Gold Medallist Specialist Olympian Jessica Hiles
Seminars and workshops:
- Blind veterans; brief presentation 10.30am – 11am
- Rethink mental health, supporting each other 11.15am – 12.15pm
- Access to Work – learn what support is available for people with disabilities through Access to Work 12.30pm – 1.30pm
- Connecting with deafblindness 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book onto one of the free seminars
- Blind Veterans UK, Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) – hosting an all-day advice and support session: this will be of interest to everyone who has served in the forces or done national service. This session is not just for those with sensory impairment, it is for family and friends who may also have served or anyone else who may be interested, you can just drop in.
- All-ability cycling organised by Shropshire RCC
- Hearing aid maintenance clinic, run by Shrewsbury and Telford’s Audiology Department, sponsored by Salop Leisure, Go Explore
- Sports taster sessions to promote health and well-being
- BSL, deafblind interpreters and sighted guides will be on hand to assist those with sensory impairments during the event, and light refreshments will be also be available to purchase throughout the day.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:
“Our See and Hear Exhibition is a fantastic event and open to everyone to try out equipment and learn more about the support on offer to help improve the quality of life for those with sensory impairment, such as hearing or sight loss. It’s a great opportunity for peer support, networking, gaining knowledge and sharing information with others.
“If you, or someone you know or care for, has a sensory impairment, I would strongly recommend taking the opportunity to come along, as it really is a great opportunity to see the support and information that’s available. We look forward to seeing you.”
Pauline Rose, manager for Vision Technology and Training Shropshire and organiser of the See and Hear event, added:-
“It’s amazing to see how our See and Hear event has gone from strength to strength.
“We hope plenty of people take the opportunity to come along, as it really is a great opportunity to see the support and information that’s available. There is no need for people to book – just come along any time between 10am and 4pm, unless you wish to attend a seminar, for which you do need to book.”
Shrewsbury Sports Village, in Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, is fully accessible, with a free car park. A free shuttle bus will run from Shrewsbury train station every 30 minutes starting at 9.30am.