Sarabec donates new demonstration for CamTAD’s Resource Centre

Yesterday we had a visit from Andy Eccles from Sarabec. Andy brought us some new equipment and spent a few hours showing our volunteers how they worked. We have a great new TV listener, which doubles as a conversation amplifier, a Bluetooth Tinnitus speaker, a fitted loop system with remote control, two new vibrating alarm clocks and a couple of amplified telephones. Sarabec offers a good range of equipment and hearing impaired people can still get VAT exemption. If you’d like to try some of the new equipment please contact us on 01332 258143 or email camtad@camtad.org

Belper Ritz Cinema trials subtitled cinema for the hard of hearing with Bohemian Rhapsody.

One of our lovely volunteers has been campaigning for more subtitled screenings at the Belper Ritz Cinema. They have agreed to give it a try and have a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody on Saturday 8th December at 2.30pm. Please show your support.

Tickets can be booked by phone on 01773 822224 or you can call in 30 minutes before the showing.

CamTAD visits Derbyshire Chronic Pain Support Group to talk about services for the hearing impaired

Our Service Manager, Simon Keeling, today attended a meeting of Coping, the Derbyshire chronic pain Support Group at their meeting at the Guinness Trust. He spoke about the changes to NHS hearing aid services locally, CamTAD’s services and demonstrated some of the assistive equipment available to support the hearing impaired. It was a lovely relaxed meeting with lots of opportunity for discussion.

If you would like CamTAD Hearing Support to visit your group please contact Lyn or Simon on 01332 258143 or email camtad@camtad.org

AQP event gives patients chance to make informed choices about their hearing care

On Saturday we held our first ever AQP Provider event following the announcement from Derby Hospital’s Audiology department that their patients with routine hearing loss are now being informed that they must choose a new hearing aid provider. We had representatives from Scrivens, Mediscan, The Outside Clinic and Specsavers who were all very happy to speak to patients about their services, showing them the hearing aids that they offer and reassuring them that the services they require are still available.

CamTAD staff, trustees and volunteers were on hand to help give impartial advice and provide refreshments. Many patients people stayed for around 45 minutes and feedback from our volunteers who are themselves going through this process is that they found the event extremely useful.

We had a great opportunity to talk to each of the providers and showed them our fantastic Resource Centre. We hope that this will lead to more partnership work in the future.

Ashbourne Coffee Morning Success

CamTAD members invited our Service Manager to attend a Coffee morning with residents of Chatsworth Court in Ashbourne where he spoke about hearing aids and assistive equipment and answered questions from the group. There were 12 people attend, many of which needed advice about their hearing aids or how to access the changing NHS audiology services.

Listen Hear Support Group announces dates for 2019

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The fantastic Listen Hear Support Group for people with hearing loss in Derby have announced their dates for 2019.

Funded by Foundation Derbyshire, Listen Hear gives people a chance to come along for a chat, share experiences and make new friends  whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits. There is a low cost of £1 per meeting to help cover costs. The group organises guest speakers relevant to hearing loss and is a great source of advice.

The Resident’s Common Room, Guinness Partnership, 1a Sidney Street, Derby DE1 2TU

Sidney Street is located close to the London Road Community Hospital and Royal Crown Derby so it has great transport links.

Dates for 2018, all meetings are 1pm to 3pm:

November 8th, December 13th

Dates for 2019, all meetings are 1pm to 3pm:

January 10th May 9th September 12th
February 14th June 13th October 10th
March 14th July 11th November 14th
April 11th – AGM August 8th December 12th

For information please contact Ansuya Dayaram on 07817 412918 or Francis Spencer on 01332 290956 alternatively please email: listen.hear@mail.com

CamTAD Hearing support awarded a grant from Big Lottery Fund

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We are pleased to announce that the Big Lottery Fund has agreed a grant, through their Awards for All grant programme of £9503 for a new project which will start in January.

The CamTAD Volunt-hear Support project will help with the recruitment and training of new volunteers into a wider variety of roles within the organisation and it will allow us to update our volunteer recruitment processes and training.

As part of the project we shall also be piloting enhanced outreach services in the community, offering a greater opportunity to get advice and support including assistive equipment demonstrations and support to make appointments or how to look after your own hearing aids. These sessions will also include an opportunity to enjoy refreshments with friends.

Grants such as Awards for All are only available because of the support of people who play the National Lottery, so thank you all so much.