Deafblind Awareness Week 24-30 June 2019
We'd love you to get involved in the next action day which is Deafblind Awareness Week. It's run by Deafblind UK and the theme is get outdoors!
Going outdoors to get some fresh air and gentle exercise is good for everyone, especially for those with deafblindness. At times, the everyday challenges of deafblindness can leave people feeling a little low, and getting out and about can help to reduce stress and anxiety, sharpen short-term memory and concentrate better.
What can you do?
It would be great if you could raise awareness of the week within your organisation and the work that Deafblind UK do, as well as getting out and about yourself. A poster is available to download to help you get the message out there.
Deafblind UK has a few suggestions how you can get involved and these are:
- go for a walk in your local park
- have a picnic
- do some gardening
- visit the beach
- go fruit picking
- go birdwatching
- hold a garden party
- go camping.
You can also request a sponsorship form and a collection pot from Deafblind UK if you would like to raise money for them. More information is available on their website.
Please let us know what you do and send your photos to PSWnetworks@skillsforcare.org.uk so that we can feature them on the website, at the next network meeting and on Facebook and Twitter. You can share your photos and posts on social media using #DeafblindAwarenessWeek
Deafblind awareness ebook launched
We've been working in partnership with the Local Authority Deafblind Workers Interest Group (LAWDIG) to produce an ebook titled 'Personal accounts of living with sensory loss in 2019'. The ebook was launched on 25 June by Marsha De Cordova MP at a fantastic evening reception at Portcullis House and we're delighted that we can now share this with you. It's a fantastic collection of stories about the experiences of those who are living with deafblindness and we hope the ebook will influence and enlighten decision makers, commissioners and the wider public on what it means to live with sensory loss.