Get Outdoors for Deafblind Awareness Week 2019
Thursday 20 June 2019
Did you know, nearly 400,000 people in the UK are deafblind, meaning their sight and hearing are reduced to the point that communications, accessing information and getting around are impacted.
Deafblind Awareness Week runs between 24–30 June and we’re encouraging everyone to make the most of the great outdoors during the week!
Why? Because it’s good for us – especially for those with deafblindness.
Living with combined sight and hearing loss can be difficult and the everyday challenges can leave people feeling a little low. Fresh air and gentle exercise can help us to reduce stress and anxiety, sharpen short-term memory and concentrate better. Extensive research has revealed that getting outdoors can help us to:
• Improve our cardiovascular health and fitness
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Sharpen short-term memory
• Concentrate better.
What’s more, getting outside is particularly beneficial for people with visual and hearing impairments as they can experience multi-sensory sensations, from the smells of local woods to feeling the sand running through your fingers. Socialising outdoors can also help to combat isolation and reduce anxiety.
What can my company do for Deafblind Awareness Week?
We’re encouraging all local businesses to get involved in Deafblind Awareness Week, either to raise awareness of dual sensory loss or to raise money to support people who are deafblind. Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Hold a lunchtime picnic or garden party, selling cakes and drinks
- Run a corporate fundraising day
- Book a deafblind awareness talk from the experts at Deafblind UK
- Get involved with corporate volunteering to support people with deafblindness
- If you’re feeling more adventurous then take part in our tandem skydive, Wing Walk or The Great East Swim?
Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell everyone that you’re supporting Deafblind Awareness Week using the hashtag #DeafblindAwarenessWeek.
Deafblind UK supports people with combined sight and hearing loss, enabling them to have the life they want. It is estimated that nearly 400,000 people in the UK are deafblind, and that figure is increasing as our population ages.
For more information or to arrange your fundraising event, visit www.deafblind.org.uk/deafblindawarenessweek, email email@example.com or call 01733 358100.