Southampton Swap with me event

Post date: 
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Category: 
Campaigning
South east
Bus campaigning

As part of RNIB’s “Stop for Me, Speak to Me” fortnight of action, blind and partially sighted people from across Southampton and surrounding areas took part in a Swap with Me event held in the city on 18 July. The event was jointly organised by RNIB and First Group and was attended by drivers, members of the local Customer Panel as well as Romsey and Southampton North MP, Caroline Noakes.

The local MP and drivers wore simulation spectacles and experienced what it’s like trying to board a bus, getting a ticket and finding a seat. Blind and partially sighted people were able to sit in the cab and learn of the difficulties drivers have when communicating with customers on a noisy and busy bus and behind the perspex screen.

Southampton Volunteer Campaign Coordinator, Brian Anderson brought along a selection of white canes and spoke to drivers about the difference between them all. Many of those who attended had little knowledge about what each cane represented so it added a further dimension to what people learnt on the day.

Everyone enjoyed the day and all those who took part felt that they had learnt a lot about ways to support blind and partially sighted customers travelling on their routes in the future.

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