Essex Sensory Awareness Week - Faye's Story
Faye Gatenby, head of Essex County Council's Essex Cares Limited, has worked for 20 years within Essex Sensory Services with a strong focus improving access through partnership working.
She has been working closely with our Public Engagement Team to create a training programme after listening to the experiences of people with sensory impairments who had been a victim of crime.
Faye said: “It is clear Essex Police has a strong commitment to ensuring new and serving officers were as accessible as possible to their local communities.
“Communication can be a significant barrier for people with sensory impairments and our training supports officers to understand how to overcome these barriers.
“Practical exercises such as lip-reading and sight and hearing simulation help officers to gain an in depth understanding of the different types of sight and or hearing loss and the confidence to provide appropriate support.
“I have been very impressed with the recognition of the value and need for this training and I’m proud of the partnership between ECL Sensory Service and Essex Police.”