Last Friday I took part in a blindfold walk around Hadleigh with the Royal National Institute for the Blind. The walk really highlighted the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face when getting out and about in Castle Point.
The RNIB have recently published the results of their "Who put that there?" campaign which revealed that a third of blind and partially sighted people across the UK had injured themselves when walking around their local area. In total, 95% of those surveyed said that they had collided with an obstacle.
Obstacles regularly encountered by blind and partially sighted individuals include bins, advertising boards, bollards, and cars parked on pavements. People with sight problems in Castle Point should be able to walk to the shops or visit friends with the same ease as everyone else.