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Come Dine With Me - World Sight Day

Tuesday 26th October 2010

 

This year, to mark World Sight Day, people with visual impairment took the opportunity to talk to individuals from organisations that provide services within the Borough over a three course meal.  This was hosted by hospitality students at Bedford College's Skyline Restaurant.

 

Representatives from the Job Centre, Adult Education, Commissioner for Visual  Impairment Services and Highways were escorted to the restaurant wearing special sim-specs (glasses that distort vision) to join the visually impaired guests. The meal provided an ideal opportunity for the participants to chat about what it is like having a visual impairment accessing and using these services.

 

Cllr Nicky Attenborough, portfolio holder for Adults Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “As a council it’s crucial that we provide the necessary support, ensuring that services provided enable residents with visual impairment to live fuller lives and make a positive contribution to society. It was a perfect opportunity for Bedford Borough Council to work in partnership with Sight Concern Bedfordshire and Bedford College.”

 

Bedford College’s Head of Hospitality, Raj Mandal, said: "We were delighted to host this Come Dine With Me event at Bedford College, giving our students the chance to put their culinary and hospitality skills to the test in welcoming guests and serving lunch to people who have sight impairment.  

 

“Our students are learning every aspect of the catering and hospitality industry and that includes making sure that guests receive the best possible dining experience.  At Bedford College we have high standards and our students leave with the all round skills they need as they start their careers.  Our Come Dine With Me guests certainly enjoyed lunch in our Skyline Restaurant and the hospitality they received from our students and staff."

 

By listening to the true life experiences, organisations are now able to learn and ensure they consider the needs of residents with visual impairment when planning and delivering local services.

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