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RSS Update 2024

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We have some exciting news about Rotherham Sight & Sound! After months of work on our Centre in Rotherham, we will be in a position to move our office staff back to the building on Ship Hill (we have been in temporary office space on Moorgate while the work was carried out). Our staff will move back in from 1st February 2024 and we’ll also be offering the hearing aid service from that date.

Initially we won’t be fully operational, as we need to get back in the building to plan and prepare. Our café will open and our activities will resume in due course, and we will keep everyone updated. We anticipate this may be some time in March and will let everyone know as soon as possible when everything is up and running.

As you can appreciate, building work presents a lot of challenges and this has been a big project for a small charity, especially given the complications from the impact on building work after Covid. Everything needs to be done properly and this takes time. We want to say a big thank you to our clients for their patience during the refurb and while we re-establish ourselves back in the Ship Hill Centre.

In the meantime, we continue to offer transport to SRSB to access the RSS groups that were temporarily moved to our Mappin St Centre in Sheffield. Our Community Advice Officers Team and Deaf/Blind Coordinator continue, as they have done throughout the refurb, to visit clients in Rotherham.

When we took over the Centre in Rotherham back in 2017, we had no clients on our database. We now have over 1,200 Vision Impaired clients and over 1,000 Hearing Impaired clients and we’re delighted that RSS now has a more accessible building with a lift installed and that it has been reconfigured to enable us to offer a wider range of services and meeting space to support our clients with vision and/or hearing impairments. We are excited for the future and look forward to you joining us for this next stage.

Our heartfelt thanks to our volunteers who have continued to support our services, and to the many individuals and organisations who have supported this project with donations. Finally, we want to thank our staff who have adapted to the many challenges that this project has presented and who have worked hard to ensure we still offer our services to our clients. We couldn’t have done it without you all! More updates soon.  

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