Charities team up for Grantham open day on sensory loss

Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith officially opens the new South Lincolnshire Blind Society premises in Finkin Street, Grantham, with Chief Executive Malcolm Swinburn.
Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith officially opens the new South Lincolnshire Blind Society premises in Finkin Street, Grantham, with Chief Executive Malcolm Swinburn.
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Two charities a teaming up for a one-off open day event, inviting local people to learn about all aspects of sensory loss.

Action on Hearing Loss and South Lincolnshire Blind Society are combining for the event on Tuesday, October 27, from 10am to 2pm at the Blind Society’s premises in Finkin Street.

One in six people in Grantham have some form of hearing loss and 100 people in the Uk are diagnosed every day with serious sight loss. The two charities will be providing free information and advice for local residents on all areas of deafness, tinnitus, hearing loss and sight loss. Friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide demonstrations on a wide range of assistive equipment to help reduce the impact of sensory loss.

For those who wear NHS hearing aids, there will also be the chance to get support with hearing aid maintenance, including providing battery replacements and re-tubing.

Action on Hearing Loss’ Regional Information Officer Rachel Timson said: “We are delighted to be working with South Lincolnshire Blind Society at this event in Grantham. We’ve been working hard to develop partnerships with health, social and voluntary organisations in the local area to come together in one place so that local people can access a full integrated service and get the advice they need. We would like to encourage the people of Grantham to come along and take advantage of this unique event.’

Susan Swinburn, Operations Manager at South Lincolnshire Blind Society added: “Our charity has been working to support people with all kinds of sight loss for 98 years in the local community. We aim to help them stay independent and maintain normal lives that most of us with sight take for granted. Losing your sight is life changing but it’s not a journey you or your carers have to face alone. We can help you identify equipment that can be used to live a normal independent life and stay safe in your own home and still enjoy doing the things you used to do.

“More recently it has become apparent that the people we support who have sight loss also have hearing loss too and, by working closely with Action on Hearing Loss, we can start to bring in to Grantham support for local people who have hearing loss enabling them to feel supported and know how to access additional help they may need.”

The event will be held at South Lincolnshire Blind Society, 14 Finkin Street, Grantham. No appointment is necessary. For more information about the event, contact Rachel Timson on 0808 808 0123.

The Blind Society is also hosting a drop-in day on Thursday, October 29, which will showcase the latest magnifying and reading aids. These will include reading machines, computer software and hardware, and mobile phone and tablet software. The event takes place between 10am and 2pm.