Hearing Link

Hearing Link Northern Ireland

Welcome!

Hearing Link has been working in Northern Ireland since 2013 and is rapidly building a team and the types of support we offer to people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

We have a regional office based in Lisburn, and deliver our key services, such as group and one-to-one support through our growing network of volunteers.

We also deliver community events and provide training to local organisations, both of which raise awareness of the practical and emotional challenges faced by those living with changes in their hearing.

Big Lottery FundWith the support of the Big Lottery Fund, we will deliver our Connect Hear NI programme across the country which aims to help more people reconnect with their families and communities, while embracing experiences that they are commonly excluded from.

Support from Hearing Link Northern Ireland

Members of our Helpdesk Responder Team have personal experience of hearing loss and provide a point of contact for information or support that you may require.

They are assisted by our Community Support Volunteers who are located across Northern Ireland and able to provide personal and practical advice to support you through your next steps.

Get involved

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team and can offer a wide variety of roles to match your skills, interest and availability. Anyone can apply to become a volunteer, whether you have a hearing loss, are the partner of someone with hearing loss or just want help out.

You can also choose to become a member of Hearing Link, or provide a donation towards our work. Either way you will be providing a hugely valuable contribution, by helping to ensure that we can meet the needs of people with hearing loss now and well in to the future.

We are always looking for opportunities to engage with our local communities by giving talks or providing information about the impacts of hearing loss.

Get in touch

We have an office based in Lisburn.

For further information about any of the activities described on this page please email northernireland@hearinglink.org or by telephone 07534 563451.

We look forward very much to hearing from you!

Martin MontgomeryMartin’s story

“My name is Martin Montgomery and I am 42 years of age. For 37 of those years, I have lived with a severe hearing loss, coping in the real world.

Over those years I felt that due to my hearing loss, I was different from others. I still feel this way to this day that I am not a hearing person or a profoundly deaf person, but I sit somewhere out there.

I have wanted to volunteer for some time now. I previously volunteered with a deaf youth charity in my twenties and wanted to give something back by helping others again.

Having heard about the valuable work of Hearing Link, and how it centres people with hearing loss at the heart of its organisation, I know that my volunteering will benefit me personally and emotionally, as well as enabling me to become more nurtured, and belonging as an individual.

I hope that by sharing my experiences of living with hearing loss through Connect Hear NI that it will inspire others, show them that they are not alone and give them the knowledge to equip themselves to lead their lives to its full potential.

I firmly believe in peer-to-peer support from people with a hearing loss, as we are all positive role models for each other.

Our hearing loss makes us part of who we are and this has to be embraced and understood by others.

I look forward to helping Hearing Link to flourish in Northern Ireland and reaching out to those with hearing loss to enrich their lives.

As a society we still have a long way to go in raising awareness of hearing loss to those around us, but being involved in Hearing Link and Connect Hear NI is a step in the right direction.”


Other useful organisations in NI

Trusts

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The Sensory Support Team provide social work, technical aid and rehabilitation for service users with hearing loss, sight loss or dual sensory loss from age 18 upwards living in Belfast.

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

The Northern Trust is provides health and social care services across four council areas (Antrim and Newtownabbey District, Causeway Coast and Glens District, Mid and East Antrim District and Mid Ulster District).

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

The Trust provides health and social care services across the local government districts of Ards, North Down, Down and Lisburn.

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust provides health and social care services across the five council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon, and Newry and Mourne.

Western Health and Social Care Trust

The Western Health and Social Care Trust provides health and social care services across the super council areas of Strabane and Derry City, Fermanagh and Omagh District and a portion of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.

Other

Lifeline

Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.

Theatre NI

TheatreNI offers a captioning service to increase access to theatre and the performing arts for deaf or hard of hearing audience members.

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