We recently received a set of 10 headsets which will be kept at SRSB and will be used to enhance our clients' experiences on a variety of trips and visits.
They were sourced by Sheffield Caption Support Group and Philip Timms from the group explains, "Last Christmas Sheffield Caption Support Group managed to hire audio described equipment to be used at the Sheffield City Hall's Pantomime, Peter Pan by Manor Operatics for the first time. This enabled 10 blind and partially sighted children to be part of the pantomime. I will never forget the look of surprise and delight on their faces as they experienced the brilliant show.
"After this, and seeing the equipment in operation, I started thinking about how audio described equipment could be used in lots of other venues, museums, art galleries, walks, tours, practically anywhere that people would benefit from hearing details/information on what they are experiencing. This is the reason why I decided our group should approach funders.
"We were delighted when Sheffield Town Trust gave us enough money to be able to buy the equipment. This now allows up to 10 people to benefit from audio-description.
"We have handed the equipment to SRSB where it will be kept, and we hope that it will be beneficial for lots of people and gets lots of use in all sorts of different venues making a difference and enhancing the experience for everyone."
Joanne Ardern, who runs the Culture Club at SRSB adds, “We recently received training to use the headsets by Sue from Sheffield Theatres. They will be a valuable asset, enabling a guide to audio describe trips and outings. We can see lots of different opportunities to use them with several groups from SRSB, and we are looking forward to trying them out.”