Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Knit and Natter Comes to Stirling!

Knit & Natter for people with sensory loss comes to Stirling! New group meeting fortnightly at the Engine Shed from 13th April…

Forth Valley Sensory Centre is launching a new Knit and Natter Group for people with sight or hearing loss in Stirling. Starting on 13th April at 10:30am, the group will meet each fortnight and be based in the fantastic community space at The Engine Shed.

The group is open to all ages and levels of sensory loss. British Sign Language interpreters will be available to make sure that the conversation flows along with tea, coffee and biscuits.

The group has been made possible thanks to funding from Foundation Scotland under the Stirling-wide grant scheme.

Brenda Whyte, Groups and Activities Co-Ordinator at Forth Valley Sensory Centre said:
“We have been running a similar group in our Centre in Falkirk for a while and it has been amazingly successful. Initially we were looking at a monthly group in Falkirk but the demand was so high we had to make it a fortnightly group.

“It really has been a huge benefit to the attendees because it allows Deaf people to enjoy an activity with blind people via an interpreter. Normally, these two communities, linked by sensory loss are kept apart by a communication barrier but we break this down and new friends are very quickly made.

“We welcome everyone with any form of sight or hearing loss, from partially sighted to completely blind, hard of hearing to profoundly Deaf, if you like knitting, nattering and tea, you will really enjoy this group.

“The existing group has knitted all sorts of items and shared patterns. They have created blankets for premature babies and refugees affected by violence. Even if you haven’t knitted for a long time, or have given up because of your eyesight, come along and join in, you will be surprised what you can do and inspired to try.”

Meetings will take place from 10:30am to 12pm and The Engine Shed is easily accessible by public transport and is right next to Stirling Bus and Train Stations. There is no parking at the Engine Shed itself but accessible parking is located at Forthside very nearby and there is paid parking, just £1.50 for the whole day, 300 yards away.

For more information, or to sign up, email sensory@forthvalleysensorycentre.org or call 01324 590 888.

Rochelle McDonald, Front of House Officer welcomes Knit and natter Stirling group Member Janette scott and Guide Dog Esme to The Engine Shed

Knit and Natter member Janette with Guide Dog Esme and Rochelle from the Engine Shed

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