What's it like to be blind? Pioneering sensory experience in Huddersfield town centre will give people chance find out

The Guide Dogs for the Blind have organised the September 3 event in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police

Guide Dogs for the Blind to offer Huddersfield residents glimpse into what it is like to be blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind to offer Huddersfield residents glimpse into what it is like to be blind

Even the simplest of every day tasks can provide a daily hurdle for people who have lost their sight.

Going to the shops, pouring a cup of tea and reading the morning newspaper are all thrown into question for those who struggle to see what is before them.

And now a pioneering sensory experience is coming to Huddersfield to help sighted residents understand what it is like to be blind.

The event, which will take place on September 3, will enable people to experience the town centre in a whole new way, as they are led on a tour unlike any they have experienced before.

Guide Dogs for the Blind and West Yorkshire Police are behind the forward thinking project, which has been backed by Kirklees Council and will be held in Albion Street from 10am to 4pm.

There they will unveil their sensory tunnel, which they will lead participants along, encountering walls and tackling different surfaces under foot along the way.

The charity’s community Engagement Officer, Deborah Lingford, said: “Guide Dogs is delighted that Kirklees Council have allowed us to bring our sensory unit to the town.

“We would like as many people as possible to take part in this unique experience. As you walk through it you will experience different noises, textures and obstacles.

“The tunnel is pitch black and alters the senses used in everyday life and gives individuals a small glimpse of what daily struggles one might come across if visually impaired.”

The charity, which gives guide dogs to those who are partially sighted or have total sight loss, has already worked with Cleveland Police, who took on this challenge last year.

Cleveland Police Chief Constable, Jacqui Cheer , said: “This was a great opportunity for our staff to put themselves in the shoes of people with a visual impairment.

“Only when you do this can you start to fully appreciate the obstacles that people face on a daily basis and how it may impact them as a victim or witness in an investigation.

“Experiencing a world without sight, though only for a short time, better equipped staff to understand the challenges faced by people with little or no sight.”

Entry to the sensory tunnel is free and donations will be welcome.

 
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