The fourth Peterborough Low Vision Day, held on 26th September at the Bull Hotel Conference Centre in Westgate, was a huge success. There were fewer exhibitors than previous years as there was less space for them, but this year over 300 visitors took advantage of the central location of the hotel and the better weather than we had last year! It was a very busy day and exhibitors were very pleased with the level of interest in the products and services they were promoting.
Events like this are vital. Not only can hundreds of blind and partially sighted people get an opportunity to socialise, but they can also learn about the services and equipment available to help them maintain their independence and keep active in the community. It was wonderful to see so many people at the PAB stand and we hope to be able to talk to many more new members next year.
During the day, visitors were also invited to two seminars to discuss with service providers (statutory and charities) what is good in Peterborough and what could be better. Several positive points were made – hospital transport schemes, input by voluntary groups, the difference a guide dog can make, useful technology and volunteers at the hospital. Suggestions about how things could be improved were also noted, including better information and signage at the hospital, improved employment opportunities and better awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people through training of anyone providing customer services – particularly bus drivers. The need for improved partnership working was also raised – the Low Vision Forum will be working on this over the next few months.
The venue was not ideal for all the visitors and the Peterborough Low Vision Forum (a group of local organisations providing services for blind and partially sighted people in Peterborough – including PAB) will be looking for a venue for next year that combines the advantages of the previous venues but hopefully closer to the city centre.
Please click here to see more photos of the event on our gallery page and we hope all our visitors and exhibitors can join us again at the 2014 event!