Working together to combat sensory loss

2711042 SSFF sensory impairment 'L - R: Ben Conway (NHS Fife Board), Alan Suttie (CEO, Fife Society for the Blind), Sue Gibson (Deaf Action), Cllr Tim Brett - at the launch of the Dual Sensory Services - at the Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, Kirkcaldy
2711042 SSFF sensory impairment 'L - R: Ben Conway (NHS Fife Board), Alan Suttie (CEO, Fife Society for the Blind), Sue Gibson (Deaf Action), Cllr Tim Brett - at the launch of the Dual Sensory Services - at the Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, Kirkcaldy
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Two charities have joined forces to launch a new service supporting people with sensory loss across Fife.

The new service was launched by Deaf Action and Fife Society for the Blind on Monday at Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, Kirkcaldy.

The launch was attended by over 30 people including local councillors, health representatives and clients.

Sensory support

The initiative aims to help people come to terms with sight or hearing loss and is keen to find new ways to deliver services to people with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

It also marks the beginning of a working relationship between Deaf Action and Fife Society for the Blind.

Between them, the charities have over 320 years of experience in working with sensory impaired people and providing services to promote independence.

Quality of life

A recent report found that 75 per cent of residents in Fife Council residential care had measurable deficits in both hearing and vision leading to a significant impact on their quality of life. The Fife Sensory Impairment Centre aims to address these concerns.

Liz Scott Gibson, chief executive of Deaf Action, said: “We look forward to extending our services in Fife and in working with Fife Society for the Blind to ensure people with a sight or hearing loss are included within their communities, and maintain a high quality of life.”

Alan Suttie, chief executive of Fife Society for the Blind, added: “We believe the challenge of delivering services to people with a dual sensory impairment will be met by working together.”