A NEW service will soon be available in Cornwall for people with sight and hearing difficulties.
The Sense Cornwall branch will be officially launched during a family weekend at the Sands Resort Hotel in Newquay on February 1 and 2.
Charity leaders say the move means local deafblind people will be able to meet up regularly in their local area, find out about the support available and exchange useful information and ideas.
There will be no fixed location for the branch, although all meetings will be held in Truro.
Branch PR officer Emma Allison said: “The Sense Cornwall branch will be a friendly group open to people with sight and hearing problems of all ages and backgrounds and their families.
“We hope to offer practical tips about technology, equipment and services and the chance to meet people with similar experiences, make friends and have fun. There will also be the opportunity to take part in campaigns, consultations and research involving issues related to sight and hearing loss.”
The launch event in Newquay will also include workshops, entertainment and refreshments.
Sense is a national charity that has supported and campaigned for children and adults who are deafblind for over 50 years.
There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK.
Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. More information can be found at www.sense.org.uk