Edinburgh is to host Scotland’s first ever ‘Sensory Mela’

Press Release


Edinburgh is to host Scotland’s first ever ‘Sensory Mela’, a free one-day event promoting sight and hearing loss services to ethnic minority communities this Wednesday [May 21].
The city’s Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Lothian MSP Sarah Boyack will speak at the event. There will be a range of workshops, presentations and exhibition stalls on the day, as well as free snacks and refreshments.
Tariq Mahmood of Edinburgh and Lothians Joint Sensory Partnership, which is organising the event, said: “People from some ethnic minority communities can be more vulnerable to certain sensory loss conditions. But things like language difficulties and cultural concerns can sometimes prevent them accessing the services that can help them.
“Whether you are from an ethnic minority and have sight or hearing loss, or if you care for or support someone who has, this event is an ideal opportunity for you to learn about the range of help available through RNIB Scotland and Deaf Action, which make up this partnership.
“We would also encourage support services including community groups and organisations to attend this event to build links and to explore partnership opportunities.”
The Sensory Mela will take place from 11.30am to 4pm at Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh. You can register online at http://sensory-mela.eventbrite.co.uk, by e.mail to tariq.mahmood@rnib.org.uk, or by phone to 0131 652 3155.
The Sensory Mela 2014 is being supported by Diabetes UK Scotland, iWomen Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, Living It Up and the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equalities Council.
For further information, please contact Tariq Mahmood on 0131 652 3155.