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Visionary day as we promote awareness for sensory service

17 August 2018

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with council staff.

We showed our feeling for sensory issues as people from across the borough flocked to our adult care team's annual awareness day.

Attractions at the popular event included carers' assessments, free hearing screenings, displays from guide dogs, free sensory equipment and a range of specialist help and advice.

There were stalls packed with information from partner organisations including Action for Blind, Libraries, Blind Veterans, Action on Hearing Loss, NHS Audiology Team, Deafblind UK, NHS Eye clinic liaison officer, Guide Dogs, Possibilities and the community learning disabilities team.

Experts from the council's hard working sensory team were on hand throughout the day to answer questions about how people can access the range of sensory services provided by adult care.

It underlined our commitment to delivering a sensory awareness service to be proud of

Councillors in attendance included Iftikhar Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, his assistant councillor Billy Sheerin and council deputy leader Councillor Daalat Ali.

We regularly hold a range of free sensory events at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre. Anyone wanting further information should contact the sensory team on 0300 303 8886.

Tracey Little, Team Leader in Adult Services, said: "It was a successful and well attended which underlined our commitment to delivering a sensory awareness service to be proud of. Many thanks to our partners for the information, help and advice they provided to people. It was great to see such a range of organisations in attendance.

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: "We are committed to providing a comprehensive sensory service that ensures people can access a range of free services. These include a braille class, sign language support group, book club and much more. The event showed adult care at its best, working with partners to deliver a sensory service to be proud of."