Local MP Jo Swinson visited Deafblind Scotland’s head office in Lenzie to mark Deafblind Awareness Week from 23rd-29th June. Jo met staff and volunteers to hear about the services provided by the charity and experienced first-hand some of the challenges faced by deafblind adults.
Deafblind Awareness Week aims to improve understanding of the challenges that people with a combined sight and hearing loss face on a daily basis.
Commenting after the visit, Jo said:
“Deafblind Scotland provide invaluable services for individuals suffering from hearing and sight loss. During my visit I experienced some of the challenges faced by people with deafblindness, and listened to ways the charity wishes to improve the quality of life for deafblind people, including regular clinics offering support and advice.
“I also had a chance to hear an update on Deafblind Scotland’s exciting ‘Field of Dreams’ project in Lenzie, which will create a £1.3million learning and development centre purpose-built for deafblind people, with access to information, support and the chance to learn new skills. This will provide a comfortable environment for local people with disabilities, and will be a fantastic resource for the community.
“Finally I want to add my congratulations to all those who took part in the first 5K Ladies’ Midnight Walk in Milngavie last weekend, and the impressive fundraising they achieved for Deafblind Scotland”.
For more information on the charity’s work please visit www.deafblindscotland.org.uk/