On Tuesday 24th March 2015, PAB volunteers Liz Ebbage, Lisa Dickman and Carol Abell returned to Peterborough School to meet with first year pupils who were learning about sight loss. As expected, Liz and Lisa’s guide dogs Bobby and Yvie were a big hit and were a great way to get the children’s attention! The teachers had done a great job at making pupils aware of some of the problems blind and partially sighted people face, but more importantly, some of the solutions to sight impairment too.

The day started with a meet and greet with Bobby and Yvie having plenty of strokes and pats.  Lisa and Liz introduced themselves and talked about their lives and what life can be like living with sight loss. The children showed lots of interest and asked questions such as how they got dressed, how they got to the shops and where their guide dogs could go. We also took along some different adapted games and activities for the children to try, so the visit finished with games like Braille snakes and ladders, dominoes, and attempts to read Braille books! Click here to see more images from the day on our gallery page. At the end of the visit the children presented us with a donation of £80 which was very generous and warmly received.

“It’s always very enjoyable to visit the school and the children are always interested in all aspects of having a visual impairment; from Braille reading to the guide dogs. A lot of children don’t come across anyone with a visual impairment so I think it is always good to teach them early on so that they are more aware later in life. I took my new guide dog Yvie [pronounced Evie] this time. She is still quite young and I have only had her for 10 months, but she settled really well and was a big hit with the children! It’s always a pleasure to visit the school.” Liz Ebbage

Interested in a visit from us?

The PAB’s Living with sight loss programme aims to educate people on all aspects of life with a sight condition, from the problems blind and partially sighted have to overcome in their everyday lives, to everything that can be achieved. Many people may not realise they have had contact with someone who has sight loss and are simply not aware of the issues faced and how they might be able to make a difference to hundreds of lives. The PAB aims to change this by providing first hand accounts by our members through talks and question and answer sessions.

The talks are tailored for the audience – from young children to teenagers and adults. They usually last for around an hour (including question and answer sessions) and a typical talk might include national and local sight loss statistics, personal accounts of life with sight loss from the speaker, demonstrations of some of the aids and equipment available, equipment such as adapted glasses that simulate the different types of sight loss that the audience can try, and a question and answer session where we are happy to answer any questions. We can also talk about ways you can get involved with the PAB or just how to become more aware of people with sight loss.

If your community group, organisation, business or school would like a visit from one of our members, please contact the office.

Posted April 2015