Forth Valley Sensory Centre
The Forth Valley Sensory Centre exists for the benefit of the Centre Users and they are at the heart of what we do.Below you can find a number of Centre Stories, personal accounts, written or related by the Centre Users themselves, which give an insight into the benefits the Centre delivers and some of the personal challenges they have faced.
We hope you will agree, reading the Centre Stories, the Centre performs a vital role for the visual and hearing impaired communities as well as their families. Get in touch if you would like to support our work so we can continue to help our Centre Users.
What the Centre did for us – Keith and his Mum Emma
Keith is 26 and lives a Care Home. A wheelchair user, he has partial sight loss and mitochondria disorder stage 3. His mother who is also his carer has Mito 1 & 2. They joined our Carers’ group a few months ago and have both benefited enormously from the support the group has provided and they have made some great friends. Read Keith and Emma’s story here (PDF Download)
A Personal Plea – Colette Irvine
A diabetic who became blind after ignoring doctors’ advice, Colette Irvine, 24, blames herself for the devastating consequences of not managing her condition properly. Here Colette Irvine has bravely told her story (PDF Download) in a bid to warn other young sufferers…
A Day to Remember – Christine Moroney
A few years ago I attempted to learn Braille. It seemed a good idea at the time but, I had not taken into consideration my lack of patience. I did, almost certainly test the patience of my admirable teacher. I think it was fair to say that we were both relieved when I finally packed it in. Countless Braille users have however been successfully taught the secrets of the dots by that remarkable teacher; Christine Moroney… Click here to read Christine’s story (PDF download)
Not Just a Blind Guy – David Black
Thursday morning in Cafe Tiki and the staff are getting organised for the usual busy day ahead…In the training kitchen is David. David works as a Catering Assistant in the cafe and his job includes planning menus for the week ahead and cooking the main meals, soups and other dishes. David is registered blind… Click here to read David’s story (PDF download).
The Sensory Centre and Me – Nancy Aitken
I come to the Centre every Friday for computer lessons with Tom. I started coming to the Centre five years ago. “They make you feel so able because you are so restricted with your sight. Supernova is fantastic. Pity it’s not cheaper as I’d have it at home.”… Click here to read Nancy’s story (PDF download).
Next Steps – Jill Hendry
So if you asked me before I went blind what my next steps would be, I wouldn’t have been sure, but now I have such a full agenda with something to do every day with friends’, family, sports and activities. It has proved to me that it’s not always the disability that holds you back, it can be yourself… Click here to read Jill’s story (PDF download).
The Sensory Centre and Me – Lawson Eades
I was born & brought up in Argyll, where as a child I could not have foreseen that one day l might need to use the services of a Sensory Centre. As a child, the only clue I had that something may be wrong with my sight was that I was never able to see in the dark. To me this was not really unusual, as both my father & sister could not see in the dark either… Click here to read Lawson’s story (PDF download).