Event title: Shropshire Deaf & Hard of Hearing Forum
Venue: Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF
Name: Hugh Battersby
Event description: We would be pleased if you would join us for our first meeting of 2016.
We have guest speakers to welcome:
- Wendy Southall, lead commissioner for, inter alia, audiology services at Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, will talk to us about future arrangements for the provision of hearing aids, especially under the Any Qualified Provider scheme. This really is a subject of vital interest to all of us. Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin CCGs have always been extremely helpful and cooperative, and fund an excellent audiology service at the two hospitals, but there are serious financial problems at the moment. We all need to attend, to show our interest and to make clear the fact that untreated deafness makes people miserably lonely and prone to far more serious – and expensive – problems, not the least being dementia.
- Lyndon Thomas, a Hearing Link volunteer, will explain how the Text Relay System works.
- Darren Wilkins, Head of Paediatric Audiology Services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust will talk about their services for children and young people.
Sign Language Interpretation by courtesy of VISS and Shropshire Council
Hearing Dogs Are Welcome. A loop system will be available
Free Car Parking is available at the football field in Church Road, adjoining the Centre. Blue badge disabled parking is available at the Church.
Members may wish to note the contact details for the Hearing Link Helpline, manned by trained volunteers:
www.hearinglink.org or Telephone: 0300 111 1113 or SMS Text 07526 123255.