Hear to Help, which provided free support for 600 people across Angus in community venues such as libraries and during home visits, was kept running by Action on Hearing Loss Scotland painstakingly piecing together income from small trusts and grants every three months, after Angus Health and Social Care Partnership rejected our approach to apply for funding in March 2017.
We were overwhelmed by the backing for our campaign from local people who use Hear to Help, our volunteers, cross party Councillors and MSPs, one of whom who raised the service’s closure with Scotland’s First Minister [watch on YouTube] in September 2017.
We started a fundraising drive in October 2017 to secure the short-term future of Hear to Help and we thank everyone who contributed to help raise the targeted £12,000 needed to keep the service running across Tayside until the end of March 2018. Unfortunately, due to a lack of sustainable funding for 2018/19, our Angus Hear to Help service is closing on 31 March 2018.
If you live in Angus and need your hearing aids re-tubed or replacement batteries, contact NHS Tayside’s Audiology and Balance Service [http://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/OurServicesA-Z/AudiologyandBalanceServices/PROD_211947/index.htm]
We want a community-based hearing aid re-tubing service to continue to be provided for people in Angus so if you would like to give Action on Hearing Loss Scotland permission to contact you in 2018/19 to ask whether you are receiving such a local service from NHS Tayside Audiology, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, email address, telephone number and stating ‘I give permission to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland to contact me regarding future research or campaigning’.