Daisy UK visit Year 9 Health and Social Care

Over recent months our Year 9 Health and Social Care students have been studying various forms of communication and how they impact on the Health and Social Care profession. Communication is often seen as a major barrier to some cross-sections of society and the visit of Daisy UK to school highlighted this in its entirety.
Daisy UK (http://daisyuk.co.uk/images-and-media/daisy-dispat... ) are a charity based around raising visual and disability awareness through education, activities and sport. More recently Daisy UK has won worldwide recognition for their work on inclusiveness and diversity. During the visit Dave Kelly (founder of Daisy UK) who is registered blind spoke at length about the barriers he encountered after becoming blind through a degenerative disease. The encounters he shared were often fun to listen to for the students (especially the Spiderman situation), but all were fully engaged and showed huge empathy towards Dave and his life struggles at the time of him becoming blind.

Along with raising awareness of visual impairments and blindness, Dave also spoke about the disabilities and how these can affect people’s perceptions of learning and communication. Dave then finished off the sessions with a demonstration of his footballing prowess, having played for both Everton and England blind football teams, the students were treated to the legendary Kelly Flick. Overall the students had an amazing insight in to the barriers facing sections of society with communication. It was such a hit that several students are looking to become volunteers at Daisy UK.