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Group that speaks up for the blind.

Helping people with visual impairments is the main aim of Stockton Blind People's Voice.

By offering a range of services and support, the charity helps to build the confidence of its members.

The group was set up in 1997 and since then has continued to grow.

Today manager Christine Durnion explains: "It is run by blind people for blind people.

"We help with anything to do with blindness. One of our main priorities is to make information available in different formats to blind people and those with visual impairments."

The charity is among those nominated for the Evening Gazette's Champion for the Disabled Award and also Best Community Group.

The group was nominated by Councillor Ann Cains.

She said: "This group of blind people serve other blind people, opening up opportunities in the community and helping them to achieve their full potential."

* Stockton Blind People's Voice has a communication centre based at 27 Yarm Road, Stockton. Call 01642 803590.
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Title Annotation:Community Champions
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2004
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