Mhairi Black MP is backing a charity’s call for people in Paisley and Renfrewshire South to volunteer for a service supporting older veterans whose lives have been distressed by hearing loss or tinnitus.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hearing Forces service, which is part of the Unforgotten Forces consortium led by Poppyscotland, is looking for volunteers to give a few hours each month to provide local veterans aged 65 or over, their families and carers with vital information and support to help them to cope with hearing loss or tinnitus.
The volunteers will be trained to clean, re-tube and adjust NHS hearing aids and provide vital information about ways to reduce the impacts of tinnitus and advice about assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones or personal listeners, which can make everyday life easier.
Mhairi Black MP said: “I’m delighted to discover that Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is working with 15 partners in the Unforgotten Forces consortium to provide holistic support for older veterans.
“I encourage people in Paisley and Renfrewshire South to come forward to volunteer for the Hearing Forces service which will provide life-enhancing one-to-one support for many of those who are affected by hearing loss.”
Teri Devine, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland said: “We appreciate Mhairi Black MP backing our Hearing Forces service’s appeal for volunteers.
“We’d welcome the opportunity to speak with people in Paisley and Renfrewshire South who are interested in helping older veterans to hear more clearly and participate in conversations with family, friends or neighbours and remain active in their community.”
For information about volunteering for Hearing Forces, email: email@example.com or telephone/text 07388 227407.