Somerset Sight organised a two-night trip to Teignmouth packed full of fun activities for an enthusiastic group of sight impaired service users. The getaway provided an opportunity for participants to socialise, make new friends, and enjoy a late summer break along the beautiful Devon coast.
Heidi Linegar, Rehab Officer said “I feel very proud that Somerset Sight was able to provide such a wonderful opportunity. To embrace the smells and sounds of the seaside was a magnificent experience for the group in a safe and inclusive environment. Most of the group had never met anyone with a sight impairment before. It felt as though we were facilitating the process towards acceptance and adjustment, and the opportunity to form friendships with people who have a mutual understanding of sight loss was the icing on the cake!”
Activities included a visit to Dartmouth, a cruise accompanied by seals, walking on the beach and paddling in the sea, sightseeing in Dawlish, and plenty of ice cream and fish and chips.
Anna says: “It was the most wonderful, happy few days away. I felt like it was a much longer trip, we packed so much in. All the staff and volunteers were so kind and didn’t stop caring for us the whole time. It wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable without them. All of us are in the same boat with our sight loss, so you don’t have to keep explaining things, everyone understands. I can’t wait until the next trip!”
If you would like to be hear about future trips, please contact 01823 333818.