Festive fun for all at local sensory loss charity
Forth Valley Sensory Centre is bringing festive cheer to all this Christmas.
The charity, which supports thousands of people with sight and hearing loss in the Forth Valley, has been holding special events to spread the festive spirit.
Centre users got into the festive spirit with a trip to the panto in Edinburgh. The group enjoyed a performance of The Adventures of Peter Pan at the Festival Theatre. As well as a BSL performance, the theatre provided a touch tour before the show, with access to the stage, set, costumes and props, which gave them a better understanding of the performance by being able to feel different aspects of the show. Theatre goers were also given a set of headphones with an audio description of what was happening on the stage.
Laura Cluxton, Sight Loss ambassador at Forth Valley Sensory Centre
“The performance was absolutely hilarious, my face hurt from laughing. The touch tour brought the set and costumes to life, it’s brilliant to have it. The trip was a huge success and everyone had a great time.”
The charity’s Sensory Singers choir brought the festive spirit to shoppers with a performance in Tesco in Camelon with traditional carols as well as Christmas classics. It follows a hit performance at FVSC’s Christmas Fayre last month.
The Sensory Singers meet every fortnight and sing a wide range of musical styles, proving that sensory loss is no barrier to enjoying music and singing together. Lyrics are provided in different formats for those who need them including large print or braille. The group raised £353 total from the performances, which will go towards the charity’s work to help people who have a sensory impairment live as independently as possible.
Married couple Lawson and Chris Eades come along together and love being part of the group.
“I love singing and enjoy our practices and public performances. It’s good to meet up with like-minded people at our fortnightly rehearsals, where we have some fun, laughter and sing our hearts out. Singing is good for everyone and always lifts my spirits.”
FVSC has supported people in Forth Valley with sensory impairment and their families for more than 15 years. The Centre acts as a Community Hub, offering support, advice, practical help and social opportunities.
Jacquie Winning, Chief Executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre
“Christmas is a time of joy and celebration and we are here to make sure that people with sensory loss don’t miss out on the fun. Sensory loss can be an isolating experience, leading to loss of confidence and people not doing the things they enjoy. That’s why we provide so many different support services and activities so people can live their lives to the full. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who have given so generously throughout the year and a very merry Christmas to our clients, staff and everyone connected with the centre.”