Blind group leader stands down as contract ends

Blind group leader stands down as contract ends

A BLIND group’s boss has stood down after 21 years - just days before a new contractor takes over some of its services.

Hilary Schreiner left her role as chief executive of the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District at an annual meeting late last month.

The Birmingham Institute for the Deaf announced this week they are taking over some of the blind group’s services from Monday.

Trading as BID Services, the company won a Kirklees Council contract earlier this year that has been beset by delays.

It will see rehabilitation services move from the society’s Whitfield Centre in Batley to premises in Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, and use the name SKIES (Sight Kirklees Independent Enablement Service).

In bowing out Hilary was presented with flowers, a farewell cake and a gift voucher at the meeting.

Treasurer Terry Armstead said: “Hilary has been the rock of this society for so long. She has been very committed to the blind and to the staff.

“We’re very grateful to have had her as our chief executive. We’d like to wish her all the best in her future career.”

BID Services, meanwhile, seem to have sorted out contractual problems with staff due to be transferred from the society to them.

Director of operations Gail Penberthy said: “We look forward to working with service users and staff to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

“We are very confident we have the knowledge experience and understanding of sensory loss to provide a first-class service to residents of Kirklees.”

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