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News > Visit from Shadow MP for Disabilities

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabilities, visited NCW as part of a tour of Worcester, to highlight the issue of sight loss and see the range of services for visually impaired people located in the City.

During her visit, Kate took part in an Independent Living Skills lesson. Tasked with peeling and chopping, spreading butter on bread and making a hot drink, Kate wore ‘Sim-Specs’ which simulated various eye conditions, giving her a real insight into what NCW students need to learn to complete every-day tasks.

Kate was led on a tour of the college by students and met Principal Mrs Mardy Smith to discuss the challenges facing students and their families, particularly in relation to securing local authority funding to study at the College.

During her visit to Worcester, Kate also visited Dolphin Computer Access, a world leader in assistive technology and Sight Concern, a local VI charity, where she met representatives of a range of disabilities groups.

Joy Squires, Labour Candidate for Worcester, who organised the visit, is keen to highlight the issue of sight loss and the services and organisation in Worcester that provide services and support for people affected by what can be a devastating disability for so many. She said:

”Sight loss affects thousands of people of all ages in Worcester. People are often left afraid, lonely and isolated once they start to lose their sight. Good support services are vital and can make a huge difference to day to day life for so many. I am pleased to be able to show the wonderful work of three excellent organisations based in Worcester to Labour’s Shadow Disabilities Minister who shares my concern about the often ‘hidden’ disability of visual impairment.”