The Forth Valley Sensory Centre has dramatically changed the life of one of it’s volunteers.
David Black (35) was born with a degenerative eye condition that gradually worsened throughout his early life.
David eventually lost his sight completely.
“It was incredibly hard knowing that you are losing your sight. Watching the world as you know it slowly disappearing from view.”
The Haggs resident stayed at home and said he became depressed and very closed off from the outside world.
However at the age of 22, David decided it was time to start enjoying life again.
With the help of his social worker, he attended the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford. There he enrolled in a one year IT and ceramics course.
“It was a massive culture shock. I had never travelled before and now I had moved to Hereford.”
David enjoyed the ceramics side of the course, having always made sculptures from an early age. He said: “I was taught to go out and feel buildings, ceramics became more touch than see.”
David completed the course and moved back home. “I started feeling forgotten again. I didn’t have much to do, until my social worker informed me of the sensory centre.”
The centre offers help for partially sighted and registered blind people in the community. David describes it as a one stop shop, for anyone needing help.
The centre teaches people skills and recently enjoyed its first ever Summer Jamboree, during which David showcased some of the models he has created.
David says the centre has had a massive effect on him: “Over the past few years this place has given me the confidence to show people what I can do. At this year’s Christmas show I will no longer hide in the back. I am walking taller than ever before.”
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact centre manager Marc Bozza on (01324) 590888.