Blindfold walk helps Darlington MP understand challenges facing blind and partially sighted people

Post date: 
Monday, 14 April 2014
Campaigning news
Social care
North east
RNIB volunteer campaigner Adele Waterfall-Brown invited Darlington MP, Jenny Chapman to take part in a blindfold walk and bus journey around Darlington on 21 March. 
The walk was held in order for Ms Chapman to get a better understanding of the difficulties people with sight loss face on a daily basis. The event also aimed to show how important it is that blind and partially sighted people receive the care and support they need to get out and about, as well as managing at home on a daily basis. 
Adele said: "Blind and partially sighted people are being let down by the social care system. Our needs are often not identified due to inadequate assessments. We want to ensure that services are available from local authorities to help people who have lost their sight to live independently."
Ms Chapman told us: “I am grateful that Adele asked me to take part in this walk because I wanted to experience for myself the problems encountered on a daily basis by my constituents who are blind or partially sighted. I want to help ensure that people with sight loss are able to live as independently as possible."
Well done to Adele and thanks to Ms Chapman for taking part! 
Tags Campaigning, Social care, North east