A SENSORY exhibition for people with visual or hearing impairment takes place later this week.

‘We’ar Vision - We’ar Hear’ is one of the first events of its kind organised by the Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind.

Backed by Sunderland City Council’s sensory support team, it aims to offer help, advice, information and support to visually and hearing impaired people.

The exhibition, at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, will include equipment demonstrations by some of the country’s leading manufacturers of specialist items for people with sight loss or hearing impairment, along with local, regional and national organisations promoting their services and information.

Richard Wood, development manager with the Royal Society for Blind, said the exhibition has attracted great interest among groups across North Durham and neighbouring Wearside.

"It will be the first of its kind held in Sunderland and, as well as showcasing specialist equipment for the visually or hearing impaired, it will highlight what local services are available.

"It’s a great chance for people to come along and meet representatives and discuss their issues, and gain information and support."

Thursday’s event runs from 10am to 4pm, with admission free.

For those travelling from County Durham and outer areas of Wearside, free transport will operate between Cowan Terrace, beside Park Lane Bus Station, in Sunderland city centre, to and from the Stadium of Light throughout the day, provided by Compass Community Transport.