Charity gives insight into world of visually impaired

UNDERSTANDING ... Sight Service's Matthew Johnson tries on a pair of glasses simulating tunnel vision.

UNDERSTANDING ... Sight Service's Matthew Johnson tries on a pair of glasses simulating tunnel vision.

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SOUTH Tynesiders will be able to experience what it is like to suffer from sight loss at a charity’s open days.

Sight Service, based in Gordon Street, South Shields, is hosting two events to hopefully attract more visually-impaired members through its doors.

However, it’s also giving families the chance to understand the difficulties their loved ones face though simulation spectacles or “sim specs” as they are more commonly known.

Linda Rose, one of the organisation’s volunteers, said: “The sim specs enable the wearer to gain a bit more of an understanding as to what life is like for a visually-impaired person.

“The specs can demonstrate a range of different sight conditions and it gives them an insight as to the challenges people face.

“They will be able to realise just how little, or how hard it can be for a visually-impaired person. ”

The open days will be held on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22 and will run from 10am-4pm.

People can drop in throughout the day to find out more about the charity, which covers the borough and Gateshead.

They will be able to make new friends and discover the range of courses and services on offer.

Ms Rose said: “We want people to find out more what we get up to. They can come along by themselves and meet other people, or they can bring their friends and families.

“We will be explaining the different work that we do and the courses that we offer.

“We also offer support, not only for visually-impaired people but for their families too.”

The charity is also hosting a fundraising evening on Tuesday, August 26 at St Jude’s Church in St Jude’s Terrace, Laygate, South Shields, from 7pm.

Voices Together, a four-part harmony choir, will be performing. Tickets cost £6.

To book a ticket, or for more information, call 456 0546.

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