See and Hear Exhibition 2018 – This Week!

Shropshire’s See and Hear Exhibition will again be hosting a fantastic range of events and activities for people with sight and hearing loss at the Shrewsbury Sports Village this Wednesday 16th May 2018.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Inspiration’ and will be opened by John Churcher and his guide dog, Daisy. John was the first deafblind person to climb The Eiger.  National Gold Medallist Specialist Olympian, Jessica Hiles, will also be at the event and will be presenting the awards for the See and Hear Boccia Tournament, hosted by the Shropshire Disability Network. The event will also be attended by Julian Jackson, who will set off from the Sports Village on stage 18 of his 55 stage Big Blind Walk, a 1000 mile walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Now in its 11th year, the free event has gained national recognition bringing together the very best in hearing and sight support from across Shropshire and the UK.

Shropshire’s See and Hear attracts over 800 visitors each year who come to see the latest in technology, equipment and services for people with a sensory impairment. This year sees over 70 exhibitors taking part and will showcase equipment and information from national and local companies and charities, as well as public, voluntary and private sector services. There will also be seminars and workshops.  If you wish to book on to one of the free seminars email pauline.rose@shropshire.gov.uk.

British sign language, deafblind interpreters and sighted guides will be on hand to assist those with sensory impairments during the event, and light refreshments will be also be available to purchase throughout the day.

See and Hear is a great way for people with sensory impairments to try out equipment and learn more about the support on offer to help improve their quality of life. It’s also a great opportunity for peer support, networking, gaining knowledge and sharing information with others. I would strongly recommend taking the opportunity to come along, as it really is a great opportunity to see the support and information that’s available. We look forward to seeing you there.

Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, is fully accessible with a free car park.  A free shuttle bus will also run from Shrewsbury train station every 30 minutes starting at 9.30am.

For more information about the event visit shropshire.gov.uk/seehear2018.

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