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Better support for borough’s deaf people as charities get funding boost

PUBLISHED: 16:32 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 08 September 2016

Action on Hearing Loss provides support for deaf residents

Action on Hearing Loss provides support for deaf residents

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A new project to establish information hubs will begin next month

Deaf people in Bexley are to benefit from better support and guidance thanks to a funding boost for charities Action on Hearing Loss and Bexley Deaf Centre.

The money, which has been awarded by The Haberdashers’ Company, will be used to establish information hubs in local community areas across the borough, where people will be able to drop in to get help and information about any aspect of their hearing loss, from specialist equipment to learning to lipread.

Residents will also have the opportunity to have their hearing screened at locations with suitable, quiet conditions to see whether they would benefit from visiting their GP and being referred to an audiologist.

Run by staff and volunteers, the hubs will be able to provide support for nearly 40,000 deaf people living in the borough.

Head of south east services at Action on Hearing Loss Crystal Rolfe said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding by The Haberdashers’ Company to begin expanding our information services into Bexley and we are looking forward to working with Bexley Deaf Centre to reach as many people as possible in the area.

“Collectively, we hope to bring together our expertise to ensure that people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss can take control of their lives so they can live the life they choose.”

The project is due to launch in October 2016. For more information or to register your interest as a volunteer, contact Crystal Rolfe on crystal.rolfe@hearingloss.org.uk or 0207 296 8362.

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