Blind Veterans enjoy the delights of Sheffield

12 February 2014 13:30

Sam Ewart, a Support Worker based in Sheffield, speaks about the Blind Veterans UK experience week.

Support worker, Sam Ewart speaks to us about the Blind Veterans UK experience week which took place 3rd - 7th February 2014.

4 Blind Veterans members who were accompanied by their partners, first started their exploration of Sheffield with a night out at a local Pub, The Crosspool Tavern. The group were joined by other Blind Veteran members who were also training that week, at the pub where they had their own pub quiz.

As Sam Ewart describes, "a few drinks at the local really helped the whole group to gel together, not forgetting to mention that we were by far the noisiest table in the place."
On Tuesday, the group visited the Winter Garden and The Millennium Galleries. The relaxed visit offered the group a chance to enjoy some of Sheffield's culture.

In the afternoon the group went to Meadowhall Shopping Centre, where they enjoyed a delicious lunch before hitting the shops. The group returned to the centre for their evening meal and then enjoyed a cheese and wine evening.

On the Wednesday, the group visited the Steam Museum at Markham Grange where an exhibition was held which showcased an impressive selection of pre-1900 steam engines.

Afterwards they visited the Sherwood Forest visitor centre where they experienced the legend of Robin Hood in their own back yard. The day was rounded off with dinner at a local fish and chip restaurant.

On Thursday, the group enjoyed a tour around the Emergency Services Museum where they saw an exhibition on the history of motor transport. The morning concluded with a tour of the old police cells.

In the afternoon the group headed off to Kelham Island museum for a guided tour of an authentic Sheffield Steel works. "The highlight was the running of a giant steam engine that provided power to a whole Steel making process. For some of them this was the favourite of the whole week."
To enjoy what Sheffield has to offer, the group decided to take a trip to watch 'Tom's Midnight Garden' at The Lyceum Theatre. For one of the members this was their first trip to the theatre and the experience was very much appreciated.

All six holiday makers expressed that they had had a fabulous week and three of them have already booked to come to Sheffield for another holiday week. The group describe their experiences of Sheffield in their own words,

"An absolutely brilliant week, I hope to come back for more holidays".

"Thanks for 5 very nice days, we just love this place"

"Very well organised and enjoyable week".

"I have really enjoyed the week and I would love to come back again".

The experience was very much appreciated.