North east Scottish businesses invited to dine in the dark to learn about sensory loss

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A north east Scottish charity is hosting a ‘dine in the dark’ event to help local businesses gain an insight into the social and emotional impact of sensory loss.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) is holding the sensory ‘lunch and learn’ event on Wednesday 1 November 2023 in Aberdeen. Guests will be invited to eat their lunch while blindfolded or wearing ear defenders to help them explore and understand how sight and hearing loss affects daily activities.

As well as lunch, there will be a short talk about how NESS supports people with sensory loss throughout the north east, helping them overcome some of the challenges associated with visual and hearing impairments. A booking form for the event can be found here.

NESS supports thousands of blind and deaf people, and those with visual and hearing impairments, across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Angus and Moray. The charity’s main objective is to help people with sensory loss to live as independently as possible.

Support from the community means that the team can do more to help people with sensory loss live life to the full. There are lots of ways that the community can support NESS’s work, including supporting fundraising activities through sponsorship, attending events, and donating raffle prizes.

“The sensory lunch and learn event has been designed to help people understand what sight and/or hearing loss is like, so they can better support colleagues, clients and friends. It will also raise awareness of the services we offer to those with sensory loss and how people can support NESS. We want to ensure that anyone living with sensory impairment in the north east is given the support they need to live as independently as possible and have confidence to fully participate in society. But as a charity we rely on fundraising activities including legacies, donations and sponsorship to enable us to provide the wide range of services that we deliver. Building closer relationships with the business community is another way that we are seeking to do more for the people who rely on us, and we hope that as many businesses as possible are able to join us for this fun and insightful event.”

Lorriane Middleton, community fundraising and events coordinator for NESS


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