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Roath hearing loss support group seeks new members

Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is holding its Hear to Meet social and support group for people with a hearing loss in South East Cardiff this week.

The group is open to anybody over 50 with a hearing loss, with the next event taking place at the Albany Road Baptist Church, Albany Road, Cardiff from 10am-12pm on Friday 9th August.

The group is a free and friendly chance to meet new people. At this week’s meeting there be an equipment demonstration given by Simon Haisman, from Action on Hearing Loss Solutions, with listeners, alerting devices, telephones and much more to try out.

The group will then meet monthly at the same location on the second Friday of each month.

Hear to Meet is a project funded by the Big Lottery that aims to establish social get-togethers for adults with a hearing loss across Wales. With 12 groups already successfully running, then South East Cardiff the latest area to benefit.

The Albany Road group will be easily accessible to all as it is on the city circular bus route and has a free car park on site. Action on Hearing Loss Cymru can also organise transport to pick up and drop off those who need extra assistance to attend. .

So, if you wear hearing aids, identify as hard of hearing or deaf and are over 50, then come along to the free and friendly social get-together to meet new people, share experiences, learn new skills and access information on living with a hearing loss. Refreshments will also be provided.

Stephanie Johnson, Hear to Meet Co-ordinator explained,

‘Hear to Meet has already proven to be a vital service for people in Cardiff and we are delighted to be able to launch an additional group in south of the city and would encourage those over 50 with a hearing loss to come along.

Across Wales, 41% of people over 50 and 71% of people over the age of 70 have some kind of hearing loss. This can be very isolating and often leads to older people withdrawing from social activities as they become more tiring, frustrating and difficult.

At Hear to Meet, our group members can share experiences and rebuild their confidence over a friendly cup of coffee. The groups also benefit from speakers from relevant organisations, demonstrations of equipment and technology, taster sessions in lip-reading and many other activities.

We are also looking for more volunteers to help support the project and to ensure that we can continue to grow the number of much needed groups across South Wales.’

If you have any questions or want to find out more, contact Stephanie Johnson, Hear to Meet
Co-ordinator on 01248 614 437 or by email

Stephanie Johnson

Hear to Meet – hearing loss support group meeting

Friday 9th August, 10am-12pm, Albany Road Baptist Church

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