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Volunteers Ann and Patricia shortlisted for Self Management Champion of the Year award

Hearing Link volunteers, Ann Thallon and Patricia Burton, have been shortlisted for the Self Management Champions of the Year award by Alliance Scotland.

They were nominated by Hearing Link for their outstanding as Facilitators of our Self Management Programme over the past five years in Scotland. During this time they have supported 116 people with hearing loss by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the many practical and emotional challenges that hearing loss brings.

On 1st October they will attend the Self Management Awards at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood to find out if they have won.

The awards take place during Self Management Week which runs from 29th September to 3rd October which aims to improve understanding of how volunteering can be used as a tool for self management – provoking increased skills, self-esteem and well-being.

Well done to Ann and Patricia for being shortlisted. 

To find out more, visit the Alliance website.

Greenability Conference 22 October 2014

Wednesday 22 October 2014 Donaldson’s School, Preston Road, Linlithgow, EH49 6HZ

What is it?

An outdoor-based networking event, the Greenability Conference will bring together disability sector agencies and environmental sector organisations to learn about and share good practice around the impact outdoor spaces can have on people with disabilities in terms of health and well being.

The event will:

  • Showcase and share stories and examples of outdoor activities for those with a disability
  • Provide hands-on practical taster sessions for delegates to experience the power of the outdoors
  • Provide opportunities for networking
  • Signpost organisations to funding, fundraising training and other learning opportunities for growing work in this area.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who supports disabled people and wants to integrate environmental and outdoor based activity into their programme of work.

They are also looking for partner organisations who would like to be involved in shaping, supporting and planning the event and contribute ideas to the programme - as well as be involved on the day itself.

For more information or to register your interest in becoming a partner in planning the event please  contact Julia Duncan: j.duncan@tcv.org.uk

To register interest please contact Tricia Burden: t.burden@tcv.org.uk

The Alliance Scotland website

Ayrshire Sensory Impairment Plan launched

A pioneering plan to revolutionise access to services for people with sight and hearing loss in Ayrshire was launched yesterday, in part to meet a huge expected upsurge in the numbers living with sensory impairment.

Sensory loss can be present from birth, but for most people it occurs later in life, and can range from a relatively low level disability to total blindness or deafness.

Yesterday’s moves, the first of their kind in Scotland, have seen all three Ayrshire local authorities join forces with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and RNIB Scotland to offer a more integrated, easy-to-access service.

Eddie Fraser, Director of Health and Social Care for East Ayrshire Council has led this work on behalf of the councils and health board. He said: “We put these proposals out to public consultation in March and got a very positive response.

“As well as integrating services for people with sight and hearing loss, we want to include a stronger focus on prevention and enablement, and community-based provision.

“A pan-Ayrshire and Arran approach to sensory impairment will allow for a more standardised and consistent approach to service delivery. It will enable one point of access with a clear and effective referral pathway into the service, providing a more responsive approach which will meet individual needs.”

Visit the website.

Queen Margaret University confers honorary degrees at Usher Hall ceremony

Former BBC international affairs journalist, Kate Adie, joined influential theatre director, Eugenio Barba at the ceremony where they both received an honorary degree from Queen Margaret University,  yesterday at the Usher Hall.

As a leader in education for allied health professionals and the only provider of audiology education in Scotland, Queen Margaret University was particularly keen to honour Kate given her work with the charity Hearing Link. Kate is a patron of Hearing Link which supports people with hearing impairment and deafness.

Full story from the Edinburgh Reporter.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival will be ensuring that all four of their venues will have infrared systems in place to improve the listening experience for those with hearing loss; neck loops and headphones will be made available to hearing aid users and others who want to hear as well as possible.

A hearing loop system was looked into (which allows sound to go directly into hearing aids without the need for a neck loop or head phones) but the organisers determined that the large amount of steelwork involved in the temporary venues would impact on the audio quality of the loop.

There will be no live text transcriptions so people can read what is said as it is said but there will be other written information available to browse and enjoy.

To find out more about access arrangements at this major literary event, see page 88 of the EILF brochure. www.edbookfest.co.uk

Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create

Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create, providing information to open up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss and sign language users.

For thirty years, Artlink has been offering support and assistance to people with disabilities who want to enjoy Edinburgh’s vibrant and diverse arts scene. 

With 200 clients and over 100 volunteers, what is now known as the Arts Access service arranges over 1000 outings a year for people who feel they need a bit of extra help to get out and about.

It’s a personal service: people who join Arts Access choose when and where they want to go, whether it’s to the cinema, the opera, a gallery, or a late night Fringe show, and they are matched with a volunteer driver/companion who shares their tastes.

Check it out.

BT's newsletter - interview with Dr Lorraine Gailey, CEO Hearing Link

Lorraine says 'Hearing loss is not just a medical issue, it is an emotional and psychological one too. When we begin to lose our hearing, we have to change the way we communicate with the important people in our lives and this means big changes in our relationships.

Without the right support, this will often lead to isolation within the family, social withdrawal, feelings of anxiety and depression - and sometimes loss of employment. The challenges are many and varied and affect all aspects of life, at home, at work, when you're out and about.'

Read the full article from BT's newsletter Including You >Connections

Hearing Link survey: How can hearing loss be easier to manage?

You can help shape the services that Hearing Link offers and you can help us to understand more about what matters to you by completing our new survey.

The results will be powerful in influencing our thinking and our actions so please take some time to fill it in. Your views count.

We want to gather as much feedback as possible by the end of February 2014. Many thanks for your involvement.

Please complete the survey here.


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