Supermarket Accessibility: Shop for Cheese with Ease

Tuesday 27 February 11:30am - 2:00pm
The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5WU

Sussex Sight Loss Councils’ (SLC) invite blind and partially sighted people living in Sussex to their ‘Supermarket Accessibility: Shop for Cheese with Ease’ event on Tuesday, 27 February from 11.30am – 2.00pm.

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About the event

Are you blind or partially sighted?

Do you find supermarkets an easy place to shop, and are you able to recognise what you’re buying?

Do you think supermarkets and the products they sell could be more accessible?

If you answered yes to any of the above, we want to hear from you.

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Oran McAllister, Client Engagement at NaviLens, and Paul Gallagher, Global Accessibility Leader at Proctor and Gamble. They will share some of the accessibility features that are available on their products before giving us a preview of what they’re working on to further improve accessibility.

We will also be joined by Bridgett Hunter, Community Champion at Sainsburys, Joanne Easey, Community Champion at Morrisons, and other industry insiders, for what will be an informative and interactive session exploring the world of supermarket accessibility.

Top tips for making supermarkets accessible

During the event, supported by 4 Sight Vision Support, our Sussex SLCs will discuss their work with local supermarkets to increase accessibility. They have worked with retailers to produce a national ‘Top tips for making supermarkets accessible’ resource, which will launch at the event.

Based on their lived experience, the resource aims to help supermarkets ensure their BPS customers can access supermarkets and experience a positive shopping experience.

Dave Smith, Engagement Manager for South East England, said:

Dave Smith“We have organised this event to bring together industry experts, and local blind and partially sighted people, to share their knowledge about the accessibility of supermarkets.

“There will be an opportunity for you to learn about what happens currently, and what’s around the corner. You can also share your thoughts on what supermarkets and manufacturers could do to make supermarkets more accessible for customers with sight loss.

“Come along, meet new people, share your experiences, and learn more about supermarket accessibility!”

Oran McAlistair, Client Engagement at Navilens, said:

Headshot of Oran McAllister, Client Engagement at NaviLens. He is smiling at the camera infront of a plain dark green background.“The work that Thomas Pocklington Trust is doing towards making the shopping experience more accessible for anyone who is blind or partially sighted, is of paramount importance.

“It is a great honour to be able to participate in this event and have the opportunity to speak with all the attendees. I look forward to telling them a little about the work NaviLens is doing to help make this dream a reality.

“I very much look forward to showing how the NaviLens system works and answering any questions that everyone may have on the day.”

Event details

  • Date and time: Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 11.30am – 2.00pm
  • Venue: The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5WU
  • This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.
  • Booking required. If you are bringing a guide or companion with you, they will need to book a separate place, under their name. This is to enable us to manage numbers for the size of the venue.
  • You will be asked to specify your lunch preference at the time of booking.
  • Booking closes Tuesday 20 February.


The Shoreham Centre is located in the centre of town, close to St Mary de Haura Church, and opposite Shoreham Library.

Train: Shoreham train station is a short walk away (about 5 – 10 minutes).

Bus: There are several routes that take you within walking distance of the Centre. Brighton and Hove Buses Route 2 and Stagecoach Route 700 both stop at Shoreham High Street. From here it is a 2 – 4 minute walk.

Parking: There is a large public pay and display car park at the rear of the centre. There are spaces directly outside the building, but these are for a maximum of one hour.

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About Sight Loss Councils

Sight Loss Councils are led by blind and partially sighted members. Together, they tackle local issues and work with businesses and service providers to improve the accessibility of their services.

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During registration, you will be asked to confirm you are happy to be included in any photographs, videos or images from the event. These will be used for promotional purposes, raising the profile of our work and for sharing information and good practice. Please note, if you do not wish to be included, you may still feature in the background.

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