The Hearing Forces service run by charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is looking for volunteers to give a few hours each month to provide veterans aged 65 and over, their families and carers with vital information and support to help them to cope with hearing loss or tinnitus.
The service offers hearing aid support, information about ways to reduce the impacts of tinnitus and advice about assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones or personal listeners, which can make everyday life easier.
The volunteers will be trained by NHS audiologists to clean, re-tube and adjust hearing aids so that they work effectively and are comfortable for people to wear.
Another aspect of the role will be refering service users to other partners in the Unforgotten Forces collaboration led by Poppyscotland.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Donna McSwiggan said: “We’d be delighted to speak with people from Glasgow, Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross, the Highlands and Lanarkshire who are interested in volunteering to help ensure that older veterans as well as their families or carers who have hearing loss or tinnitus are supported in a range of ways to hear family, friends or neighbours and remain active in their community.”
For information about volunteering for Hearing Forces, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone/text 07388 227407.
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- The Unforgotten Forces consortium was awarded £4 million by the Aged Veterans Fund, an HM Treasury grant-giving body which distributes funding from LIBOR banking fines. The money will be used over the next three years from 2017 to improve the coordination of existing provision and introduce new services aimed at supporting aged veterans.
- Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is a charity which supports people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus to live the life they choose by campaigning for equality and developing technology and treatments.
- For further information about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland or to become a member, visit www.hearingloss.org.uk/Scotland, contact Action on Hearing Loss’s Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.