Release date: 25 May 2017
Are you or someone you know living with a visual impairment?
Bognor Regis Library is holding a question and answer drop-in session for friends, relatives and those having suffered from sight loss early next month.
On Tuesday 6 June, from 10am-12pm, visitors will be able to seek advice on adjusting to life with reduced vision from one of the county’s sight rehabilitation specialists.
West Sussex County Council Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired (ROVI), Richard Jones, will be on hand to answer questions from individuals on issues including mobility, managing domestic needs and accessing communications.
Richard will be joined by outreach worker Dan Batchelor from non-profit organisation 4SIGHT, a local charity set up to prevent social isolation and provide individuals with the tools to maintain an independent lifestyle.
County Council Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities, Debbie Kennard, said: “We hope the event will encourage our residents to talk openly about their day to day struggles, no matter how simple they seem, and not suffer in silence.
“Despite being tough to come to terms with, it is vital to talk to someone about the difficulties you or a loved one may be experiencing.
“The day will provide a relaxed atmosphere with people who may share a similar situation to yourself, and even ask a question that’s been weighing on your mind."
The event coincides with the nationwide campaign, ‘Make a Noise in Libraries’, run annually by the National Institute of Blind People. It aims to bring blind and partially sighted people together in public libraries, enabling them improved access to books and technology.
The drop-in is also suitable for people with queries relating to ROVI assessments and the potential benefits to them.
4SIGHT West Sussex manages three public resource centres based in Bognor, Shoreham and Midhurst in addition to running activities for members of its 35 social clubs around the county.
If you have a question about the event, please contact Bognor Regis Library in London Road on 01243 382470.