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      Celebrating 5 years of In Touch

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      Action on Hearing Loss volunteers, staff and befriendees gather together to celebrate 5 years of the In Touch programme which supports older people with hearing loss

      This month marked National Befriending Week (1st to 7th November) and leading charity Action on Hearing Loss is celebrating 5 years of the “In Touch” service, which supports older people across Northern Ireland experiencing isolation because of their hearing loss. The service matches those in need with a local volunteer who visits them on a weekly or fortnightly basis to provide friendship and support.

      Action on Hearing Loss celebrated the 5 year anniversary of this service by holding an event during National Befriending Week on Wednesday 1st November at Malone House in Belfast, to recognise the dedication of volunteers and showcase the work of the project.

      The “In Touch” service currently supports 38 people across Northern Ireland but more volunteers are needed to provide one to one support.  Action on Hearing Loss is urgently seeking volunteers to provide 2 hours of their time each month to meet this need.

      Maureen Hurrell, Volunteer at Action on Hearing Loss in Newtownabbey & Ballyclare, said: “Hearing loss can cut people off from family and friends and make social situations difficult. Many people with hearing loss become isolated as a result, which can have a negative impact on their mental health and quality of life. We are appealing for local volunteers who would be interested in providing companionship and support to older people in their local community. If you have 2 hours spare in the month and you would like to learn new skills, meet new people and make a difference to someone’s life, we would love to hear from you!”

      For further information on Action on Hearing Loss services or to receive a volunteer application pack please contact Laura Murphy, Volunteer Manager, on telephone 02890 239619 or e-mail: volunteering.ireland@hearingloss.org.uk

      No experience is necessary to volunteer, full training will be provided and expenses paid.