Councillor Natalie Don is backing the collaborative work by a consortium of organisations supporting older veterans in Renfrewshire whose lives have been affected by hearing loss.
The Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, found out about the services provided by the Unforgotten Forces consortium, led by Poppyscotland, during a visit to a hearing aid support session in the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre.
Caroline McDonald (Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hearing Forces Project Officer), Debs Dickson (Centre Manager) as well as veterans Frank Coyle (Royal Marine) and Tommy Addison (Royal Highland Fusiliers) highlighted the range of positive impacts generated by the centre’s activities and services provided by partnership organisations.
Frank is one of several older veterans visiting the centre to be supported by the Hearing Forces team which provides advice about assistive technology, such as amplified telephones, personal listeners or vibrating/flashing alarms, that can make everyday life easier and are audiology trained to clean and re-tube NHS hearing aids.
Caroline McDonald from Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “We thank Councillor for visiting our Hearing Forces session to see how our one-to-one support is transforming the lives of older veterans by encouraging them to persevere with using their NHS hearing aids so they can start hearing sounds which they haven’t experienced, in some cases, for many years.”
Debs Dickson, Centre Manager, said: “We appreciated the opportunity to give Councillor Don a tour of the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre so that she could see the variety of workshops helping veterans develop their woodwork, Information Technology or art and crafts skills, the opportunities to watch old movies, play musical instruments, pool or darts as well as the services delivered by Unforgotten Forces partners such as Hearing Forces to help them to live more independently.”
Councillor Natalie Don said: “I was delighted to speak with Debs, Caroline and older veterans who are supported by Hearing Forces to ensure they have good working NHS hearing aids and assistive equipment to help them fully participate in conversations with family, comrades and other friends.
“It’s great to see Erskine, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and other charities working together in the Unforgotten Forces partnership to help those who served the country to overcome issues relating to their hearing loss and stay both socially and physically active.”
For details about support for veterans in Renfrewshire aged 65 or over who have hearing loss, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone/text 07388 227407.
Main photo: Councillor Natalie Don with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Caroline McDonald, Carol Jamnejad (ukulele teacher) and veterans Frank Coyle (Royal Marine) and Tommy Addison (Royal Highland Fusiliers) at the Hearing Forces session in the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre, Bishopton