Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, is today (Monday) launching a reach and impact report highlighting the life-changing contribution made by its volunteers supporting people with hearing loss across Angus.
The charity is stressing the importance of securing funding to continue the project beyond the autumn.
At an event held at the Salvation Army Arbroath Hall, local service users and volunteers helped launch the report which details how the charity’s ‘Hear to Help’ service supports NHS hearing aid wearers by delivering free hearing aid maintenance. The trained volunteers run five monthly drop-in sessions across Angus in Arbroath, Carnoustie, Brechin, Montrose and Forfar. The volunteers also make home visits and support people in sheltered, residential and nursing homes.
The report highlights that, during the last two years, the volunteers have supplied 4315 packets of hearing aid batteries and also retubed 2672 NHS hearing aids.
Michelle Donoghue, ‘Hear to Help’ project co-ordinator in Tayside, said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing the inspirational work of our trained ‘Hear to Help’ volunteers, who provide an essential service supporting local people with hearing loss.
“The drop-ins across Angus mean that people can get basic hearing aid maintenance in convenient community venues which can save up to 72 miles to the local audiology department. It also frees up capacity for audiologists to provide specialist services.
“’Hear to Help’ ensures local people get the most from their NHS hearing aids and don’t become isolated – it makes huge difference to people’s lives. We hope that the service gets the necessary funding we need to run beyond the autumn.”