A profoundly deaf artist recently visited Action on Hearing Loss’ headquarters in Highbury and Islington to see her artwork displayed across an entire wall.
Caroline Lathwell, 48, is supported by Action on Hearing Loss at their supported housing service in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Derwen Road is just one of the services that the charity provides to help people who are deaf, deafblind or have hearing loss and additional needs to live independently.
Caroline is profoundly deaf and has been living at Derwen Road for eight years. She enjoys painting as a hobby and her impressive artwork has not gone unnoticed.
Caroline previously won a competition to have her art featured as the cover for the charity’s Care & Support brochure. This helped to draw her wonderful talent to the attention of others and the charity decided to display her work. The painting can now be seen adorning the charity’s canteen wall in the flagship London office.
Caroline said: “It was a bit wow! I didn’t believe it until someone shared the picture of it with me. I am so happy to see the bigger painting, I was very excited.”
Support worker, Sally Saunders, added: “She was so impressed. She has lots of her pictures at home and her artwork is beautiful. Caroline has sold a few paintings already. At the moment Caroline is working, so when she’s so busy, painting helps her to relax and de-stress so it’s a really positive thing for her.”
Executive Director for Fundraising and Marketing for Action on Hearing Loss, David Steadman, met Caroline when she visited the office. He said: “We are so proud to have been able to support Caroline for the past eight years and we are very grateful to her for allowing us to showcase this beautiful artwork. Caroline’s wonderful story highlights how important it can be for someone to be given the chance to live independently whilst being offered the right support. At Action on Hearing Loss we personalise our services to every individual, supporting people to achieve their aspirations, maintain independence and live as part of their community.”
Action on Hearing Loss provides short and long-term care and support services for people who are deaf, deafblind or have hearing loss, with additional complex needs. For more information call 0333 240 5659 or visit: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/how-we-help/support-and-care/care-and-support-services/
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Notes to Editors
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.
For more information about how Action on Hearing Loss supports those with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in local communities please visit the website: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/supporting-you.