Saturday, 2 March 2024
Saturday, 2 March 2024

Scottish Parliament visit sees MSPs learn about sensory centre services

MEMBERS of the Forth Valley Sensory Centre team visited the Scottish Parliament recently to tell politicians about the challenges faced by those with sight and hearing loss.

The charity’s Sight Loss Ambassador Laura Cluxton, Making Sense of Climate Change project coordinator Sara Burns, volunteer coordinator Hannah Wilson and employability project coordinator Duncan McPhee hosted an exhibition stand at Holyrood over three days.
MSPs from all parties stopped to chat and to hear more about the services offered by the centre, including sensory awareness training.

Sara informed them of the work she does to help people with visual and hearing impairments access information on climate change, energy bills, and energy-saving measures, while Laura shared her lived experience as a blind person.

Copies of the centre’s Climate Comic – which was created in partnership with pupils from Windsor Park School – were also handed out.

The exhibition stand was sponsored by Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson. The team, who were joined by Laura’s guide dog Sadie, informed members of the challenges faced by deaf and blind people, and those with sight or hearing loss, and told them about the support they can offer in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

FVSC’s Making Sense of Climate Change project offers free advice to people with sight or hearing loss on the ways they can reduce their energy use, food waste and carbon emissions.

MSPs who stopped to chat included Pam Duncan-Glancy, Graham Simpson and Evelyn Tweed.

Sara Burns, Forth Valley Sensory Centre’s Making Sense of Climate Change project coordinator, said:

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss with MSPs the important work we do to help blind and deaf people remain independent, which is the overall objective of Forth Valley Sensory Centre.

“This was an excellent opportunity for us to share more about the services we offer, the challenges faced by those with sight or hearing loss, and our individual roles at the centre.

“We also spoke about the social environment the centre provides to combat loneliness and isolation.

“We are grateful to all of the MSPs who stopped to speak to us, and to Michael Matheson for sponsoring the exhibition stand.”

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