Support for people with hearing and sight problems

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AN awareness day for people with hearing and sight problems will include visits from some special guests.

Durham County Council’s Sensory Support Awareness Day, on Thursday, will include a demo by Goalball UK.

Originally developed as a form of rehabilitation for soldiers returning from the Second World War, goalball is played around the globe and proved popular during last summer’s Paralympic Games.

The event, at County Hall, will include a visit from Lee Curry, from County Durham, who was chosen to carry the Paralympic Flame from London in recognition of his success in inspiring other people with disabilities to get involved in sport.

Free hearing screenings will be available throughout the day and there will be workshops covering subjects such as deaf awareness, welfare rights, daily living tasks and iPad technology training.

The awareness day runs from 9am to 4pm. For details visit www.durham.gov.uk/sensorysupportteam. To book sessions call 03000 263 940.