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Island residents who have a sight, hearing or other sensory impairment are being asked to help shape support services on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group are currently reviewing the way in which sensory services are provided and want to make sure they are high quality and help people to maintain and improve their independence both now and in the future.

The online survey, which is also available in a hard copy, has been launched today (Friday 10th August) and this seeks views from Islanders who use the current sensory service.

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To complete the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5WZ5LVY. The survey ends at 17:00 on Friday 14th September 2018.

On 10th September 2018 there will also be a public drop in event at the Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport from 10:00 to 14:00, where people can discuss their views or receive help to complete the survey. Communication support will be provided for deaf sign language users at this event.

Kathie Glover, adult social care commissioning officer says:

“We are currently reviewing the services that support people with a sensory impairment. We would really value people sharing their experience, knowledge and views with us as this will help us to shape future services.

“We are looking forward to hearing people’s views and hope that people will take the time to complete the survey or come along to our drop in event on 10 September.”

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People with a current sensory loss registration will be sent a survey in the post. The survey can be returned by post, or alternatively it can be completed online at https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5WZ5LVY.

People Matter IW will be able to support people who wish to complete the survey over the phone on (01983) 241494. Hard copies are also available on request from People Matter IW.

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