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New Dates for Sensory Awareness (Sight Loss and Hearing Loss Awareness) Training in 2023

North East Sensory Services (NESS) is delighted to announce the 2023 dates for its highly acclaimed Sensory Awareness Training, which provides a comprehensive overview of the practical and emotional impact of sight loss, hearing loss, Deafness and deafblindness. The training is suitable for anyone working in Health and Social Care, anyone working in a customer facing role, and anyone who is exploring ways of making their services more accessible to people living with a sensory loss.

Having moved the training online during the pandemic, NESS is now delivering a blended training program, offering choice and flexibility. The training is split into two parts, the first part being e-learning, which provides all the knowledge and theory about sight loss, hearing loss, deafness and deafblindness, and introduces some of the ways that someone with a sensory loss might maintain their independence. The e-learning should where possible be completed before the second part of the training, which is an interactive part, either on Microsoft Teams or face-to-face. Participants can select which they would prefer to attend when they book their place.

A number of face to face sessions will be available throughout the year in Aberdeen, Moray, Angus and Dundee. These will take place in our Resource Centres in each area, and at Friockheim Hub in Angus, and will run from 9.30am-2.30pm. During the face to face sessions, participants will take part in a number of activities to explore the practical and emotional impact of sensory loss, focusing on sighted guiding skills and communication, as well as exploring ways people might maintain their independence in particular scenarios. The face to face sessions will also include a sensory lunch, which is integral to the training.

For those not able to attend the longer face-to-face sessions or who prefer to attend remotely, there is the option of attending a two-hour Microsoft Teams session. This session will involve discussions about the practical and emotional impact of sensory impairment in relation to everyday scenarios, exploring the barriers that someone with sensory loss might experience and how they might overcome these barriers. There is a variety of dates and times available throughout the year.

You can see the dates for the face-to-face and Teams sessions by downloading this Dates for Training 2023 document.

You can view all of the training dates by opening this document Dates for Training 2023

Further information about NESS’s training is available on the NESS website, and places on the training can be booked by completing this booking form. Please contact Libby Hillhouse, Training and Information Officer, if you would like to find out more about the training by phoning 0345 271 2345 or emailing

If you would like to discuss the option of having your own training session with your team rather than attending the programme of training, please get in touch.

If you would like to discuss the option of having your own training session with your team rather than attending the programme of training, please get in touch.

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