Hearing and Sight Care

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes are being held in Brora, Community Centre on a Thursday from 2 – 4pm and Thurso, United Reform Church, Castle Street on a Friday at 10.30 am – 12.30 am - classes include learning to lipread, coping strategies, communication tips, family and friends are welcome to attend as well.

Classes are free and a safe environment where support and encouragement are given to help people with hearing loss cope with their hearing aids as well as their hearing loss.

We were recently awarded £1,000 from Your Cash Your Caithness towards the cost of these classes and are hopeful that in the future the classes will be provided by NHS as part of rehabilitation for those diagnosed with hearing loss.

IT Intergenerational Project we received funding in 2018 from Your Cash, Your Caithness towards providing transport for volunteers or individuals to receive one to one help with IT, whether it be a computer and softward, i-pad or tablet or smart phone or mobile phones. We have one volunteer who has been visiting people on an individual basis to provide help and the feedback from the volunteer and the service user has been very positive. We really would like some more volunteers to help with this to meet the demand.

Visual Impairment Support Groups

Caithness Sight Impairment Group meet 1st Wednesday every month at 2pm in the British Legion, Thurso, for info contact Eddie Fraser 01847 893391

AMD Support Group meets 3rd Thursday every month in Pulteneytown People’s Project, Macarthur Street, Wick at 11am, for info contact Eric Farquhar 01955 605864

Talking Newpapers Services, Caithness and Sutherland

Caithness Talking Newspapers, for the Caithness Courier and John o’Groat Journal tel: Hearing and Sight Care 01955 606170/01847 895636 this is a cassette tape service and cassette players are available for people who need them.

“Talking Raggie” service for the Northern Times tel: Mary Nicol 01408 634442 or Anne Barclay 01408 633405, this is a pendrive system and “Readers” are available

Talking books

Wick and Thurso Libraries stock a selection of Talking Books

Sight Action, Inverness have a stock of Talking Books and have changed from Cassette Tapes to Pen Drives, You can purchase a “Box” for the pen drive for £25.

Calibre offer a Service where a yearly subscription of £35 is required and a “reader” is provided. They have a large selection of books and national newspapers.