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Issue:- 13 February 2013

Galloway's Launch Diners Club

GALLOWAY'S Society for the Blind based on Wright Street in Southport is celebrating the successful launch of its new Diners Club which met for the first time at the end of January.

17 members and friends of Galloway's turned up for the first club meeting at local Southport restaurant 'The Office' on Hoghton Street, to start a season of "Dining Out"for the society.

For many blind and partially sighted people, eating out can present a range of problems, restricted access can make it difficult for people with a visual impairment to get around, particularly for those who rely on canes or dogs and things like poor lighting or the lack of a large print menu can make the whole experience daunting and even embarrassing for many people. One of the aims of the Diners Club is to review how different local restaurants accommodate for visual impairment.

Adrian a 'Seeing it My Way coordinator' at the centre said:- "After asking those that attended the meal for feedback about their dining experience this is what was said; the restaurant was large with plenty of room to move about with a cane or dog and there were already a lot of people enjoying their meals when we arrived – normally a good sign! We were given a long table at the back of the restaurant which had more suitable lighting than the front. The table was well laid out and the surroundings were clean and pleasant.  The menu had a wide range of food to choose from all at an affordable price and although they did not have a large print menu when we phoned up to book the table, they went out of their way to ensure there were large print menus on hand when we turned up on the day.  1 waiter and 1 waitress served everyone and they were extremely patient, gracious and helpful at all times. They deserved every bit of the tip we gave them on leaving. The general feeling was that the food was excellent value, hot and extremely well presented. Nothing seemed too much bother for the staff and one member even asked for a sweet which was not on the menu and received it. Top marks for this local restaurant and the next restaurants on the list will have to do well to beat this very high standard. Our advice to any partially sighted people planning a visit to 'The Office' would be to ring ahead to ensure large print menus are available on the day."

If you would like more information on the range services Galloway's provide, are interested in attending the diners club or would like to recommend a restaurant for review please call Adrian and Carl on:- 01704 534555 or via email.  Alternatively the Southport Centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 3pm or Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only.

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