Work on the new Galloway’s Society for the Blind Morecambe hub, to be sited in the old Visitor Buildings on Victoria St, is now well under way.
The local charity supports over 7,000 people throughout Lancashire and Sefton. Although the charity has had a centre on Balmoral Road in Morecambe for some 50 years, the current building is no longer deemed fit for purpose and there is a buzz of excitement about the new development. Galloway’s aims to create positive change for blind and partially sighted people living in a sighted world.
A local group made up of visually impaired people are working together to document the move to the new building. Tony Kimpton, Galloway’s Trustee and service user said “the project will give us the opportunity to capture this exciting point in Galloway’s history.”
The group will regularly post updates in the local media and on the Galloway’s facebook page to keep the community informed on the progress of this exciting new project.
The new building is ideally located in Morecambe town centre in the former Visitor Newspaper building. Kay Saunders, Galloway’s service user and local resident says “I am delighted that Galloway’s is moving to a new site that will be conveniently situated for public transport, making it more accessible for people living with sight loss.”
This regional centre of excellence for visually impaired people will help Galloway’s to achieve their aim of making their services available to the whole community.
The new facility will feature two new and exciting developments for Galloway’s: an Ideas Store – displaying state-of-the-art resources to assist visually impaired people in everyday living show-cased in a real-life setting such as mock-up kitchen, living rooms etc; and a Social Enterprise Café – offering training and work placement opportunities for blind and partially sighted people, giving them much needed work experience. The centre will also house a recording studio, letable office and meeting spaces, rooms for social and creative activities, and much more.
The development is costing Galloway’s in the region of £1.2 million. A substantial grant has already been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund in relation to the historical frontage of the building and two other private grant-makers have also supported the project.
Galloway’s is still fundraising towards the cost of this new development through its ‘Build a Brighter Future Appeal’. To donate or to find out more please call 01524 414846 or visit www.galloways.org.uk <http://www.galloways.org.uk> or www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/Galloway’s <http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/Galloway’s>
Photo Opportunity or attached: Galloway’s Vision Service Coordinators, Helen Aunger & Nia Coleman, on a recent visit to the site of the new Galloway’s building.
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