AT the end of December 2012, Action on Hearing Loss was delighted to launch its ‘In Touch’ project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund for five years.
The launch in Harvester House, Belfast, was attended by Peter Osborne, representing the Big Lottery Fund, as well as service users and volunteers from Action on Hearing Loss. This £500k funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme will allow us to provide befriending support for isolated older people with hearing loss across Northern Ireland.
Action on Hearing Loss identified through its ‘Hear to Help’ project that many people with hearing loss are isolated and would benefit from a befriender to help reduce isolation and risk and to increase confidence. We are currently recruiting volunteers to become befrienders for the project, including volunteers who are deaf or hard of hearing themselves.
If you know an older person who could benefit, they must be referred through a trusted contact eg a GP, social worker, local politician’s office or another charity. They can either be living in their own home or in residential care.
To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 028 9023 9619, Textphone 028 9024 9462.
Communications and Campaigns Manager