£4,000 Grant Helps Hearing Impaired

Equipment assistant Amanda Elmes (left) demonstrating personal listening devices with Gaynor Davis, senior nursing assistant, from Paul Sartori Hospice at Home

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home is improving access for the hearing impaired in Pembrokeshire with a grant of nearly £4,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All Fund 

With the grant, the charity will be able to enhance the support to those with a hearing loss who access its services. The aim is to provide support in various settings in the community, including those who visit the charity and its shops, and will be of benefit to patients with any life-limiting illness, carers, family members, staff and volunteers. 

Various items of equipment, including personal listening devices, headphones and neck loops, have been purchased, making up personal listening packs.

Portable induction desk loop systems are to be trialled at two charity shops in the county: Sartori Furnishings, Havens Head Retail Park, Milford Haven, and Sartori Furnishings & Style, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest.

Additionally, working alongside ‘RNID Louder than Words’ a variety of training will be rolled out to include: Deaf Awareness and Start to Sign courses. These will be offered to staff and volunteers to increase awareness of the difficulties that the hearing-impaired community faces and ensure more understanding exists around the accessibility issues faced by people with hearing loss.

Results from a survey highlighted how hearing loss can be very isolating, is little appreciated by the public at large and is a hidden disability. Grant development officer Judith Williams said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the National Lottery. We are certain that this project will address many issues and barriers that hearing loss can present. We are looking forward to develop this project and making a real impact.”

The charity hopes that this project will enable it to support more people and will greatly improve the experience for individuals at end of life with a hearing difficulty. This investment is part of an ongoing commitment to improve access across all services within the charity.

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