PEOPLE wanting to find out more information about Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind can go along to an open day this Thursday, October 14.
The event will take place at the charity on Earlsdon Avenue South from 10am to 4pm on what is ‘World Sight Day’.
Those who go along will be able to find out about activities put on to help visually impaired people across the city, aimed at helping them live with sight loss.
The charity’s general manager Hugh Sorrill said: “I often hear people say either ‘I didn’t know you were here’ or ‘I pass you all the time but don’t really know what you do’,
“Well this year we want people to come and satisfy their curiosity.
“There is so much going on here, and so much good work, I think people will be amazed.”
The Resource Centre hopes to attract not only visually impaired people and their families to the Open Day but also potential volunteers and anyone who just want to have a look around.
Hugh added: “We will be demonstrating the full range of our activities here – everything from how blind and partially sighted people can learn to use computers and smart tech, how they are learning braille, doing craft and yoga.
“We will invite people to try out computers using Sim Specs, which simulate some eye conditions.”
The music group will be entertaining visitors and there will be tours of the extraordinary allotment.
Throughout the day, there will be live expert sessions on subjects like eye health – the theme of World Sight Day this year is Love Your Eyes – as well as about macular degeneration, the leading cause of sight loss. An advice session from the council’s rehab team will also take place.
And the charity will be welcoming the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to the Resource Centre at 2pm.
One of the aims of the event will be to encourage new volunteers to join in, especially anyone who might be interested in becoming one of our much valued and much needed minibus drivers.
In the evening our Creative Writing group will be launching its new book of collected poems and writing called Who Turned Out the Lights.
Hugh added: “We’re really pleased that members of the Criterion are going to perform some of the pieces – there are limited tickets available, but if you can get one, you should.”