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Services update – Nicholas Orpin

April 2022

It feels like Spring is more and more in the air, as the days get longer and warmer. May is round the corner and with it even more opportunities for community-based volunteering.

In the coming months you will hear more about our re-organisation of the department and the emergence of the Peer Support Team which includes all volunteers involved with delivering our services.

LinkUp Groups

As revealed last month the dates are now confirmed for our LinkUp Groups, and enquiries are turning into firm bookings. Thank you to everyone who has came forward to volunteer. Further details of volunteering opportunities will be relayed directly by the staff facilitators below:

  • Edinburgh, 20 – 22 May: Michael Britland and Helen Ives
  • Northern Ireland, 17 – 19 June: Sue Benham
  • The Grange, Princes Risborough, 29 – 31 July: Michael Britland and Sue Benham

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Community Days

As a reminder from last month – Partnership Instructors (PI) are staff members who manage the working relationship of everyone who has a hearing dog also organise regular get-togethers called Community Days which are an excellent opportunity to talk about how our services can really make a difference, alongside a hearing dog.

Many thanks to the volunteers who have responded to requests to go along to these days (which often involve a walk) and encourage awareness and take up of our services.

Do look out for any requests to join one of our Community Day.

Monthly Community Drop in Sessions

Another successful month for our regular monthly hearing support sessions. Thank you once again to every volunteer who involved in this service. Regular community presence and contact with enquirers and beneficiaries make all the difference.

  • Mycenae House in Greenwich, SE London on every 2nd Thursday
  • Hearing Support Services Edinburgh in the Edinburgh Central Library. Normally on every 2nd Monday of the month (except May due to building work)
  • Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre, Glasgow on variable dates

Train Travel App

Many thanks to everyone who came forward to support this initiative. The development stage is now finished, and here is the result! This brings the development stage to an end and the commercialisation phase will now begin.

British Cochlear Implant Group Conference

This was an excellent opportunity to promote our Hearing Link Services to a wide range of professionals, including Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf and CI Champions.

Many, many thanks to Gill and hearing dog Zinnie and Ian and hearing dog Buddy for volunteering on the stand – a great way to break the ice and enable us to start a conversation.

Delegates were each offered a ‘pack’ containing information on our core services.