Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Press Releases

Below are our recent press releases in date order. If you would like any further information on any of the stories, or would like a comment, quote or article on disability and helping people with visual or hearing impairment, please contact Martin Allen ( or call 01324 590 888

Getting around Falkirk when you can’t see

20th November 2018

Mr Matheson is pictured with a number of Centre Users and Centre Manager Jacquie Winning. He, Mr Cox and Mr Hackett are all wearing a pair of ‘sim specs’ to replicate different eye conditions.Bus users from Forth Valley Sensory Centre met with local MSP Michael Matheson, First Midland Bluebird Operations Manager Jason Hackett and Chris Cox, Falkirk Council Sustainable Transport Manager, this week to talk about improving accessibility to public transport for people with sight loss and disabled people in general.

The meeting followed feedback from blind and partially sighted people about the issues they now face accessing buses in Falkirk Town Centre following the closure of the bus station a few months ago.

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Malvina’s Garden to open for the final time

20th June 2018

Malvina Dwyer, Centre Manager Jacquie Winning and Lip reading tutor Jill Bradshaw with large cheque showing the £776 amountMuch loved horticulturalist Malvina Dwyer is to open her garden in aid of charity for the final time this year. The annual event has raised over £9,000 for good causes in the area and is a chance to see inside one of Falkirk’s best gardens.

The event will take place on 5th August, 1pm-4pm and admission is just £3 or £2 concessions with all money raised going to Forth Valley Sensory Centre.
Malvina has been battling ill health for the past few months but is determined to open the garden one final time.

Read the full release here (PDF download)

Former Students Revisit Restored Donaldson’s

9th May 2018

Sitting at one of the old Donaldson’s School desksStudents who attended Donaldson’s College when it served as a specialist school for deaf pupils returned to their old classrooms last month.

The visit, arranged by Forth Valley Sensory Centre and City & Country, was an opportunity for the former students to see how the building has evolved since it has been transformed into a range of new apartments.

Formerly Donaldson’s Hospital, the building’s first use was as an orphanage, before being turned into a specialist school for deaf children. Read the full release here (PDF download)

‘Falkirk Hero’ John Celebrates 4000 Volunteer Hours

5th April 2018

Provost Buchanan, John Ormsby and Caroline Storey with the certificate, medla and bottle of wine to celebrate John's 4000 volunteer hoursFalkirk’s Provost and former Provost came together this week to thank local resident, John Ormsby for his fantastic service to people in Forth Valley with sensory loss. He was presented with a ‘Falkirk Hero’ Medal by Provost Billy Buchanan.
John (76) has been volunteering at Forth Valley Sensory Centre for 11 years and has helped various partners in the building. He currently hosts drop in sessions and advice for Action on Hearing Loss and supports NHS Forth Valley by welcoming people to the Low Vision clinics. Read the full release here (PDF download)

Taste Sensations at Forth Valley Sensory Centre

15th February 2018

A table laid for last year's pop-up restaurantFollowing on from last year’s highly successful trial, Forth Valley Sensory Centre will once again be hosting a pop-up restaurant featuring organic, locally sourced produce. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 22nd March, 6pm for 6:30pm start.
Taking place in partnership with Forth Environment Link, the pop-up restaurant aims to showcase the bounty available on our doorstep in Forth Valley with all produce coming from local suppliers and farms. Read the full release here (PDF download)

Charity Shop Returns 5th March 2018

20th January 2018

Margaret from Asda helping in the 2017 charity shopForth Valley Sensory Centre will once again have use of the charity shop in Grangemouth for one week, courtesy of Falkirk Council. This year, the store will be open from 9am to 4pm from Monday 5th March, closing 1pm Saturday 10th March.
The Charity Shop will be staffed by volunteers, Sensory Centre staff and managed by local fundraiser, Barbara Macdonald who has offered to help reach the hoped for £2000 target. Read the full release here (PDF download)


Sensory awareness on the map for First Bus

5th December 2017

Driver Rebecca Notley undergoes sensory training and wears glasses simulating Retinitis Pigmentosa

First Midland Bluebird bus drivers in Falkirk recently had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges their customers overcome each day by undertaking sensory awareness training with Forth Valley Sensory Centre. The aim was to supplement existing training by giving drivers the chance to experience what it is like to board a bus with hearing or sight loss. The event was a huge success with many drivers taken aback by just how difficult it can be for people who have a sensory loss to use public transport. Read the full release here (PDF download)


First Bus drivers get up to speed with sensory loss

17th November 2017

First Midland Bluebird Team and Forth Valley Sensory Centre Users and Manager outside the Centre with a bus. in the picture left to right: Alan Anderson – Driver and volunteer at Forth Valley Sensory Centre Kenny Burt – Staff Manager Sandy MacKay – Driver Gordon McNeil with Guide Dog Riley Errol Grant with Guide Dog Piper Jacquie Winning – Forth Valley Sensory Centre Manager Jason Hackett – Operations ManagerFirst Bus drivers in Falkirk will be getting up to speed with sensory loss on November 30th as local deaf and blind people help them understand what it is like to use public transport without being able to see or hear properly.
Organised by Forth Valley Sensory Centre and the First Midland Bluebird team from the nearby depot in Larbert, a stand at Falkirk Bus Station is to be closed off between 10am and 12pm so that drivers can come along and experience sensory loss for themselves. Read the full release here (PDF download)


Stirling effort as bingo raises £700!

14th November 2017

Members of thCentre Manager Jacquie Winning holds up a cheque with Roberta Smith from the Stirling Blind and Partially Sighted Groupe Stirling Blind and Partially Sighted Group recently raised over £700 for Forth Valley Sensory Centre with a charity bingo night at the Masonic Hall in Bannockburn. The event was organised by Roberta Smith from Stirling who is a regular attendee at the Mayfield Centre where the Stirling Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The event was a real family affair as Roberta enlisted the help of her daughters; Senga, Anna, Sandra, Debbie and Janet and her twin nieces Agnes and June, her brother even took on the role of bingo caller! Read the full release here (PDF download)


Malvina raises another £776 for the Centre!

12th September 2017

Malvina Dwyer, Centre Manager Jacquie Winning and Lip reading tutor Jill Bradshaw with large cheque showing the £776 amountForth Valley Sensory Centre has received a donation of £776.20 from Malvina Dwyer as a result of her recent garden open day.
A Centre User herself, the money raised by Malvina will go towards the cost of the very popular lip reading group run at the Centre by tutor Jill Bradshaw. This is the second year in a row that Malvina has supported the Centre by opening up her award winning garden in Avonbridge and in the process she has raised almost £2000. Read the full release here (PDF download)


Sensory Centre Tackles Taste with Pop-Up Restaurant

23rd August 2017

A salad on a rustic table to illustrate our pop up restaurant on 21st Sept. 2017 with Forth Envronment LinkForth Valley Sensory Centre in partnership with Forth Environment Link (FEL) are putting on an event to stimulate our senses; a pop-up restaurant! Taking place at 6pm on 21st September, the restaurant will feature home cooked food made with seasonal local produce. The menu will come without a fixed price tag as diners will be asked to ‘pay as you feel’ . Just 35 places are available for the event which is expected to be a sell-out. The pop-up restaurant is being hosted in the Café at the Centre which will have been refurbished just a few weeks prior. Tickets are available online at Read the full release here (PDF download)

Volunteers thanked after £2000 raised by charity shop

31st July 2017
Our volunteers with the shop total of £2121Forth Valley Sensory Centre, has held a thank you event for volunteers who help the Centre raise an amazing £2121 in their recent pop-up charity shop. The total just beats the amount raised last year by just £100 but still represents a great achievement and the culmination of weeks of work by all those involved.
The shop, in Grangemouth’s La Porte Precinct, was managed a team of volunteers and staff from various partners within the Centre, including NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk Council, RNIB Scotland and Scottish War Blinded. Read the full release here (PDF download)


New Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Forth Valley Sensory Centre

1st June 2017

New Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Storey stabds next to our tinman for Volunteers Week

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Caroline Storey

Forth Valley Sensory Centre is marking the start of Volunteer’s Week with the appointment of a new Volunteer Co-ordinator. Caroline Storey is looking forward to continuing the recruitment drive for new volunteers and helpers at the Centre which supports people with a sensory impairment across the Forth Valley. A former diversity officer, Caroline is a BSL speaker which has already proven popular with the deaf community who use the Centre. She has a great deal of experience in working with people who have a range of different needs, not only managing sensory conditions, but looking to be independent, learn, try new things and live as independently as possible. Read the full release here (PDF Download)

The personal safety class with the blind instructor

18th April 2017

David Black's personal safety class

David Black’s personal safety class

Forth Valley Sensory Centre in partnership with The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety is launching a new personal safety class with a difference; the instructor, David Black, is registered blind. Classes begin on May 5th and will be weekly at 2pm.
The aim is to provide a class where people who have a sensory impairment or who would otherwise feel afraid to join a martial arts class can learn important tips and techniques to protect themselves, in a safe environment. Sadly, 47 per cent of disabled people in Scotland have experienced hate crime because of their disability. Read the full release here (PDF Download)


Give us a Round Pound!

24th March 2017

Donate your old style coins to the Sensory Centre (please!)

With the new 12 sided pound coins in circulation from 28th March, Forth Valley Sensory Centre is inviting people to donate a ‘Round Pound’ to help provide equipment for sensory groups and classes.
The old style pound coin which has been in service since April 1983, will become obsolete in October and the Centre is urging everyone to check jam jars, rainy day funds or piggy banks to make sure that their coins are not left unused. Read the full release here (PDF download)

New carers support and programme launched

17th January 2017
Health and Wellbeing Café aims to help Falkirk Carers
Two people making a heart shape with thier hands to signify the new Care with Confidence carers support programmeUnpaid carers who provide support to friends, family members, neighbours and other relatives will be able to access a new support programme from this February.
A partnership between Forth Valley Sensory Centre and Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre will see a nine week programme of health and wellbeing workshops for carers from the Falkirk Council area. Planned topics include; managing stress, getting effective nutrition and coping with change. Read the full release here (PDF download)


Sensory Garden to Flourish with £1000 donation

17th January 2017
Briggs Equipment UK provide uplifting funding
Richard Docherty, Contract Manager, Lynne Frail, Fundraising Coordinator, Jacquie Winning, Centre Manager, Billy Allison, Divisional Director and Lesley Campbell, Regional Administrator for Scotland.Visitors to the Sensory Garden at Forth Valley Sensory Centre will benefit from a £1000 contribution from Briggs Equipment UK following a generous donation.

The company has offices in Cumbernauld but counts many Falkirk businesses amongst the customer base and plenty of Forth Valley residents amongst the staff. Divisional Director Billy Allison was keen to find a local charity to support and settled on the Centre after hearing about the recent vandalism from fundraiser, Natalie Cliff. Read the full release here (PDF Download)


Get artistic with Delta!

13th January 2017
January art festival open to all but book quickly!

Lawson reviewing wall art at DeltaThe Centre has teamed up with Delta Art Studios to offer a fantastic Art Workshop in January.

Taking place on Saturday 28th January, from 2pm the ‘See You – Are You Listening To Me?’ workshop is designed to be a fun, interactive and inclusive event featuring music, dance, poetry and sculpture amongst other activities.

Tickets are just £10, representing a real saving on any similar experience available elsewhere and light refreshments will be served. Spaces are limited so if you are interested, please contact the Centre on 01324 590 888 or email Read the full release on getting artistic with Delta (PDF Download)


Sensory Garden scoops £12k funding!

20th December 2016
Tesco Bags of Help bid success

Bags of Help vertical logoForth Valley Sensory Centre will be able to completely refurbish and rebuild the Sensory Garden following a £12,000 funding win through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The scheme sees community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. greenspace scotland are working with Groundwork and Tesco to support Scottish communities. Read the full release on our funding win (PDF download).

Scottish War Blinded Join Sensory Centre

Soldier being treated for gas inhalation8th November 2016
Free WW1 Exhibition to be held 11th November
Scottish War Blinded is the latest organisation to provide services from the Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Camelon, Falkirk. To announce the arrival of the charity, which helps all veterans, no matter whether they lost their sight during or after service to the Centre, a special, free exhibition into the effects of chemical warfare on soldiers in the First World War will be held at the Centre on 11th November.
Titled ‘Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights: The Foundation of Scottish War Blinded’, the exhibition describes the development of chemical warfare in World War One, trauma care on the Western Front as well as attitudinal change in the UK and the rehabilitation and training provided to visually impaired soldiers by Scottish War Blinded. Read the full Scottish War Blinded Release (PDF download)

Time for Afternoon Tea at the Sensory Centre

A happy group of attendees at the Afternoon Tea20th September 2016
Forth Valley Sensory Centre is celebrating after the Afternoon Tea event on 18th September raised over £1000.
The event saw guests partake in sandwiches, cakes and drinks as well as enjoy a fashion show courtesy of Next at Falkirk Retail Park. Other local companies, chipped in to make sure the day went with a bang, with Findlays providing cakes and crockery, Tesco donating food, The Park Hotel supplying tablecloths and Camelon Church for crockery and chair covers. Read the full Afternoon Tea release (PDF download).

Strictly Sensory as dancers prepare to take to the floor

Dance Group practising12th August 2016
Fundraising dinner dance sees some early practise
Ahead of a fundraising dinner dance to be held at the Park Hotel this November, several members of staff and users of Forth Valley Sensory Centre took some time out this week to learn a few shapes for the dancefloor. Read the full Fundraising dinner dance release (PDF download).


Charity shop for Forth Valley Sensory Centre raises £2000

2000 image FVSC charity shop8th August 2016
Huge thanks to everyone who supported the event
Forth Valley Sensory Centre, which has been supporting people across Forth Valley area who have a sensory impairment for over 10 years, has announced that the recent pop up charity shop in Grangemouth brought in £2000, double the anticipated target. Read the full pop up charity shop release (PDF download).


Forth Valley Sensory Centre boosted by Waitrose Donation

Recieving a £500 cheque from Waitrose in Stirling22nd July 2016
£500 investment made from ‘Community Matters’ initiative
Forth Valley Sensory Centre, which has been supporting people in the Forth Valley area who have a sensory impairment for over 10 years, has been awarded a £500 donation from the Waitrose store in Stirling as part of the Community Matters initiative. Read the full Community Matters release (PDF download).




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