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Welcome to your August update from Hearing Link - we hope you enjoy our stories.  Please feel free to forward this onto your family, friends or colleagues.

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Join us! Northern Ireland information day
Hearing Link - Northern Ireland
If you would like to find out more about Hearing Link's work in Northern Ireland, why not head along to our information event next month.

On Wednesday 12th September, we will be at Strandtown Baptist Church in Belfast from 1-4pm talking about the support we offer people with hearing loss and their families.

There will also be a chance to find out more about our forthcoming LinkUp group taking place in November and also watch a demonstration of the latest digital technology for hearing loss.

To find out more, contact our Northern Ireland team by emailing northernireland@hearinglink.org
 
New hearing protocols launched in Glasgow
May Wood  attended launch of new protocols for better access to meetings and events

Hearing Link was delighted to be invited along to the launch of new protocols for better access to meetings and events for people with hearing loss recently. 

Our volunteer May Wood (pictured) and staff member Alison Coyle attended the Ideas for Ears event hosted by Volunteer Scotland in their CommUnity Bubble Tent at Go Live at Glasgow Green. 

The event marked the launch of the Hearing Access Protocol produced by Ideas for Ears and supported by deafscotland.  

Meeting and events are stressful and frustrating for people with hearing loss. Common issues such as poor acoustics, a presenter who is hard to understand and background noise can all act as barriers to participation.  

The Hearing Access Protocol provides guidance on how to design and run meetings and events so people with any hearing ability can hear and follow them, including those who are deaf.  

It is a community-led initiative that has been designed and developed by people with hearing loss, including Hearing Link beneficiaries earlier this year.   

To find out more about this work, visit the blog pages of the Ideas for Ears website.   

To read the Hearing Access Protocol visit https://www.ideasforears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Hearing-Access-Protocol-1.pdf

 
Join our volunteering team! 

We are looking for individuals to join our volunteering across the UK.

If you're looking for an exciting challenge, learn new skills or are looking to use your existing talents to support a voluntary organisation - then we want to hear from you!

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping us to develop our online presence, using social media channels and website to spread the word of our support for individuals and families living with the challenges of hearing loss?

We also want to hearing from people who have skills in managing people and are keen to support our volunteering work by mentoring other volunteers 1-1, chairing steering groups across the UK or becoming a team leader for groups in local areas.

Michelle McMaster, our UK Volunteering and Services Director, said: "Our staff and existing volunteers at Hearing Link are very excited about how our volunteering team is growing throughout the UK. We have a series of training events planned throughout the Autumn for anyone who is interested in these roles and the others we have one offer."

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities contact our Volunteer Team by emailing helpdesk@hearinglink.org

Product of the month: Bachmaier LCD hearing aid battery tester
 
 
Successful LinkUp held in Buckinghamshire