the Western Isles Sensory project was officially launched on Friday with the new centre opening in Stornoway.
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan spoke at the event and praised the work of those involved in the new centre in Esplanade Court, Stornoway, which provides a wide range of services to people with either sight or hearing difficulties.
Commenting after the event, Alasdair Allan said:
“This centre is long overdue - it comes some 135 years after Sight Action and its predecessor organisations started to provide services from the mainland to people with sensory impairments. Now, finally, they have a base in the islands, and they intend to make sure that they continue to take that work to all parts of the Western Isles.
“As well as providing advice and assessment, and materials such as audio books, the centre will, crucially, provide a much needed interpretation service for users of sign language, to allow them to access a wide range of services.
“I commend the work of many organisations, including Sight Action, the Comhairle and NHS, who, with funding from the Scottish Government, have made this new service a reality.”