New project for people in Dumfries and Galloway with sensory loss

By Stephen Temlett

Working-age people in the region living with sensory loss will benefit from a new community-based project.

The Dumfries and Galloway Community Sensory Support Services for Working Age project is funded by the the region’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

It aims to enable people with sight and or hearing impairment to adapt to life with sensory loss and maintain and build independence.

Visibility Scotland will provide both emotional and practical support at what can be a very challenging time to help individuals find practical solutions to living with sight loss.

Allison McCourt, community worker for Visibility Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to continue working with younger people across the region who are living with sight or hearing impairments and finding ways to support them to reach their goals and maintain independence.

“Sensory loss impacts people in different ways, and we are dedicated to working closely with each individual to provide them with support to help them reach their own goals and maintain their independence.

“The project will provide a service that is personalised, offers flexibility and choice and work towards outcomes to enhance and improve social inclusion, focusing on any employment, training or education opportunities available to them.

“This funding will enable us to build on our existing services for people with vision and hearing impairments across the region and build connections within communities.”

The service is available to anyone with sight and/or hearing loss aged 16 to 64, and their families and carers. Staff and volunteers will provide support to develop skills for carrying out day-to-day tasks like cooking independently and engaging with leisure activities; and training in utilising equipment and digital technology for independent living.

Laura Walker, chief executive of Visibility Scotland, added: “Visibility Scotland have designed and delivered services for people living with sensory impairment across Dumfries and Galloway for more than a decade and we are very excited to continue this work.”


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