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Julie Smethurst

Photograph of Julie with the Olympic Torch

Julie has been a Trustee at SRSB since 1990 and is an inspiration to so many people. She has been registered blind since childhood, and is passionate about blind people being enabled to be as independent as they aspire to be in order to reach their full potential.

 In 2012, Julie was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer and carried the torch at Parson's Cross along its route through Sheffield. She relished the role and has spent a lot of time since the event visiting many places to show people the torch, giving them the chance


to have their moment holding it. She spent a week attending our Activities Centre each day having her photograph taken with our clients, staff and volunteers so that they can keep a memento of the occasion.

Julie currently chairs SRSB's Services Development Group which reports to the Board of Trustees and oversees the strategic direction of SRSB's services to its clients. She has run her own Braille transcription business since 1985 and champions the teaching and use of Braille as a very effective and empowering communications medium.

She has been active over the past twenty years in promoting access for disabled people via various community groups in the city, including chairing both the City Council's Access Liaison a Transport4All Groups, which champion the interests of disabled people in using public services and facilities.

Julie has been active in her church over many years, and as part of this led a weekly soup run for homeless people between 2000 and 2010.  She also loves travelling and singing and has been Chairman of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus since 2006.







Photograph of exterior of Weston Park

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