Wee County residents with sight and hearing loss invited to sensory hub open day
Clackmannanshire residents are invited to an open day for a new hub to learn about the services and social groups it offers to people with sight and hearing loss.
The Wee County Hub, based at Tullibody Civic Centre, is run by Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) and is open to anyone in Clackmannanshire who has sensory loss and their families. It will open on Thursday August 10 for residents of all ages to drop-in and learn more about the services and activities on offer. Information stalls will be set up from 10am, allowing members of the community to attend for coffee, cake and a chat. There will also be a youth group pizza making class and games, Boccia with Scottish Disability Sport, and an art class taking place. Anyone with an interest is invited to visit the hub, which opened its doors this month.
FVSC is based in Falkirk and is available to people across central Scotland including Stirling and Clackmannanshire. However, the new hub means the charity now has a physical presence in Clackmannanshire and can bring its services directly to residents in the area who need it.
Weekly drop-in sessions began last Thursday and a taster youth programme has been taking place. The hub provides replacement hearing aid batteries for NHS users as well as information about local audiology services. Free community ‘Voices Off’ conversational British Sign Language classes will start at Hawkhill Community Centre on Wednesday August 2 from 6.30pm-7.30pm. Those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance by phoning 01324 590888.
FVSC plans to offer a range of social activities and opportunities as part of its work to tackle isolation associated with blindness and deafness. The charity’s main objective is to build confidence and independence in those with sensory loss.
Anyone living in Clackmannanshire who would like more information about the hub or the open day should email Linsey Stocks.
Jacquie Winning, chief executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre
“Our new Wee County Hub is now up and running and delivering services to people with sensory loss in Clackmannanshire. We are pleased to be holding an open day next month to spread the word further to anyone who could benefit from our support. This hub brings our services directly to those who may not previously have been able to visit our Centre in Falkirk. Having hearing loss or a visual impairment can be extremely isolating and we want people to know we are here to support them and improve their lives. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to our open day.”