Shropshire Council

See and Hear Shropshire Exhibition 2018

See and Hear Shropshire is back for the 11th year and is bigger and better than ever!


10am - 4pm, Wednesday 16 May 2018.


Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Harlescott, SY1 4RQ

Getting there

Entrance is free, and there will be a free dial-a-ride shuttle bus every half an hour from Shrewsbury Train Station to the Shrewsbury Sports Village, starting at 9:30am. Parking at the Sports Village site will also be free.

Who should attend?

The event is free and open to everyone to try out equipment and learn more about the support on offer to help improve the quality of life for those with sensory impairment, such as hearing or sight loss. It's a great opportunity for peer support, networking, gaining knowledge and sharing information with others and is important to all.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Inspiration’ and it will be opened by John Churcher, the first blind person to climb The Eiger.

We aim to promote avoidable sight and hearing loss, increase awareness of the issues people with sensory impairment face in their daily lives, and to enable those living with sensory impairment to discover more about the technology and support available to help them.

It has become the biggest event of its type in the country. In 2017 over 70 organisations displayed information and equipment. Over 800 people attended the event in Shrewsbury to discover more about the technology and support available to help people with sensory impairment.

The exhibition will showcase a great many national and local companies, charities and services available to you.

Companies, charities and local services: have you booked your stand for the next exhibition on Wednesday 16 May 2018?  If you haven't already received an invitation, please contact Pauline Rose at for a booking form

Features for 2018

  • Exhibitors offering information and advice, and demonstrations of the latest technology
  • Our 3rd annual Boccia tournament, hosted by Shropshire Disability Network, with the awards presented by National Gold Medallist Specialist Olympian Jessica Hiles
  • Seminars and workshops covering mental health, access to work, deafblind and more (BSL and deafblind interpreters available with prior booking – Please email
  • Blind Veterans UK, Royal British Legion and SSAFA will be running a Support For Visually Impaired Veterans drop-in session
  • Beacon Bus - support and information outreach vehicle
  • All-ability cycling organised by Shropshire RCC
  • Hearing aid maintenance clinic, run by Shrewsbury and Telford’s Audiology Department
  • BSL and deafblind interpreters will be available throughout the day
  • Light refreshments will be available throughout the day

... plus lots more to announce!

Seminars and workshops

Timetable of seminars and workshops for the day:




10:30am – 11am

Support For Visually Impaired Veterans

Blind Veterans UK, Royal British Legion and SSAFA will provide a short talk on the support available for ex-forces veterans and their families, and an opportunity for individual consultations throughout the day.


11:15am – 12:15pm

Rethink Mental Illness - Supporting Each Other

Rethink Mental Illness supports a network of voluntary groups across the country, run by and for people with mental health issues and their families. This workshop, run by Mark Woodward, will explore what Rethink support groups do, and what benefits they bring to their members


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Access To Work

Presented by Jane Touil

Find out about the Access to Work programme which helps fund equipment and supports disabled people in the workplace. This interactive session will give an overview of the scheme and answer your questions.



1:45pm – 2:45pm

Connecting With Deafblindness, An Under-recognised Impairment

Presented by Christine Hardy – advocacy, rights and awareness manager.

This insightful and engaging talk will explore what deafblindness really is and why so many people don’t realise they are experiencing it.

We will consider ways of recognising sight and hearing loss in ourselves and others, and think about the coping strategies that so many subconsciously use. We will discuss the power of touch and its role in everyday communications, and finally some useful and practical advice on how to communicate with those who have a combined sight and hearing loss at any level showcasing deafblind manual, clear speech and other forms of communication.

Christine Hardy has worked in the deafblind field for over 15 years. As a child of a deaf adult, she has first-hand experience of the impact of a sensory impairment. She has grown up in, and remains an active member of, the deaf community, and is fluent in British Sign Language (BSL). As advocacy, rights and awareness manager for Deafblind UK, Christine travels the country to provide deafblind awareness training and supports Deafblind UK’s large membership base with deafblind specialist assessments, advocacy and support.

Support From Forces Charities Workshop

Come and talk to our combined team of forces charities: Blind Veterans, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA will be there with support on general or specific issues and provide you with a comprehensive joint response and practical help. Experienced practitioners from each charity will provide face to face advice and support.

It's essential to book for the seminars to ensure your place (workshops however are on a drop-in basis); to book you can phone Pauline Rose on 01743 257746 or you can send an email to with “See and Hear Bookings” as the subject. Please include your name, the name(s) of the seminar(s) you wish to attend and the number of places you wish to reserve in the body of the email. You'll receive a confirmation email to confirm your places have been booked.

This page will be updated regularly up to 16 May 2018 as we progress towards what we hope will be another successful event. Please check this page for updates on coverage of our popular workshops and seminars, and our ever increasing list of exhibitors for 2018. You can also follow us on our social media accounts: 

Use the hashtag #SeeHearShrop to see our latest updates on the event.

Thank you!

We'd like to thank all those who attended the 10th anniversary of See and Hear Shropshire Exhibition on Wednesday 10 May 2017. Take a look at the video of the day.

The exhibition is planned and organised by the See and Hear Shropshire Partnership, which includes Shropshire Council’s Vision Technology and Training Shropshire and the Sensory Impairment Team, Sight Loss Shropshire, Shropshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum and the Guide Dogs Association.