Sight Scotland Veterans opened its doors to the local Renfrewshire community last week as part of the national Doors Open Days festival.

In what was a fantastic turn out, over 150 people visited the charity’s Hawkhead Centre on the day to see all the inspirational activities that take place there.

Lorraine Bruce, Hub Coordinator at Sight Scotland Veterans, explains: “Our Doors Open Day was a great success, we were delighted with the number of visitors who came along. This was the first time in over 3 years we were able to run an event on this scale bringing all the strands of Sight Scotland Veterans together to showcase the services and support we provide. We had over 150 people through the door, including many of our veterans and their family members. Well done to everyone involved, it was a great success!”

Sight Scotland Veterans supports veterans living with significant sight loss. Our support equips people to rediscover and maintain their independence and to improve their quality of life.

Photo: Staff at the Hawkhead Centre taking part in Doors Open Days

The Hawkhead Centre is an activity hub for ex-servicemen and women with sight loss, which provides a safe and welcoming space for veterans with sight loss to re-engage in the local community, rebuild confidence, and regain or maintain their independence. It’s a warm, welcoming place that brings veterans together, with many veterans who attend the centre saying the things they do there and the connections they’ve made have transformed their lives.

In Scotland, Doors Open Days is the largest free festival that celebrates places, history, and culture. The festival offers free access to over a thousand venues and events across the country throughout September every year. Doors Open Days provides access to buildings not normally open to the public.

Headline photo: Visitors enjoying Doors Open Day at the Hawkhead Centre

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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