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Published on Wednesday, 18th October 2017 in Health and social care news

A new service designed to make a difference to the lives of deaf and/or blind residents was officially opened earlier this week.

Cllr David Roche, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Mayor Cllr Eve Rose Keenan and the Rt. Honourable Earl of Scarbrough attended the opening ceremony of Rotherham Sight & Sound, along with representatives of service providers and users.

Rotherham Sight & Sound provides support such as lip-reading classes, activities and employment advice, and is funded by Rotherham Borough Council who have partnered with Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) to run the centre.

The service was commissioned following consultations with service users which found that, whilst they had access to basic services in Rotherham, they were travelling to Sheffield to receive the ongoing support they required.

SRSB were identified as being able to successfully provide sustained support to increase independence for the hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted and deafblind.

The service moved into its premises on Ship Hill during the summer, and the Earl of Scarbrough, patron of SRSB and Rotherham Sight & Sound unveiled a plaque to mark its official opening on 16 October.

Cllr David Roche said: “The focus of the sensory impairment service will be to achieve outcomes which make a real difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with sensory impairment. 

“It will play a significant part in overcoming the barriers, including societal attitudes, experienced by people with sight and hearing loss. 

“It will also increase life opportunities and choices by facilitating appropriate information and support that will promote a good quality of life for the service users.”

Rotherham Sight & Sound now offers technology training, specialist equipment advice and demonstration, employment support, BSL interpreting, benefits advice and support, and a range of social, leisure and sports activities and groups, along with a café for exclusive use by service users.

Call Rotherham Sight & Sound: 01709 722420

Textphone Rotherham Sight & Sound: 01709 722437

Visit the Rotherham Sight & Sound website

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