Hearing and Sight Care

Providing free and confidential support to people with Hearing and Sight Loss in North Highland - Caithness and North Sutherland

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Meet Elizabeth

 Elizabeth initially studied violin and piano at the Guildhall School of Music, London.

On this webninar she will share her hearing journey, her determantion to re-join the hearing world, the rehabilitation and hours of dedication and practise to be able to make beautiful music again. 

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Employment Opportunity   Dual Sensory Support Worker Caithness & North Sutherland - 

 Application forms can be collected from Wick or Thurso offices during opening hours, or by emailing pauline@sensorycentre.org.uk or calling 01955 606170. 

Closing date 2nd Feburary. Interviews will be held on week of Monday 5th Feb.

Full Job application Pack can be downloaded here

Hearpeers Mentor Webinar   Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 18:00-18:45, Jessica will discuss losing the ability to hear after a life changing incident, and her journey to recieving her cochlear implant.

Click Here to Signup for the webinar.

Volunteer Friendly Award   Manger Deirdre Aitken and Board Members, Jennifer Morrison, Margaret Brims, Sandy Mowat and Brian Johnston were delighted to receive the Volunteer Friendly Award from Catherine Paterson of CVG

SCTTL Course  accredited course delivered by Forth Valley College.  Lipreading techniques, problem solving and coping strategies. Lipreading tutors required all over Scotland, so online classes will be available. Contact scttlipreading@gmail.com for more information and how to apply.  

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes are being held in Golspie Community Centre, 2 Back Road, Golspie, KW10 6RN on a Thursday from 1 - 3pm, Armadale Hall on Friday afternoons from 2pm - 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 and communication tips. Family and friends are welcome to attend as well.

Classes are free and offer 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.

Course content includes:-

For more information or to find out about classes please contact Debbie Miller, ATLA registered lipreading tutor on 07594944549 or by e-mail: Debbie.miller205@gmail.com

IT Intergenerational Project is still running and provides help with IT, whether it be a computer and software, iPad, tablet, smart phone or mobile phone. 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 in Thurso West Church from 2 - 4pm. For info, contact Jennifer Morrison 01847 894374

Age-related Macular Degeneration Support Group - meetings in Pulteneytown People’s Project, Huddart Street, Wick on the 3rd Thursday each month at 11.00 am. For info, contact John Penford, Chair 0745 9371917

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: Anne Barclay 01408 633405, this is a pendrive system and “Boom boxes” are available.

Talking books

Your local library should have a stock of Large Print or Audio books available for loan or to download.

Hearing and Sight Care also have a stock of some audio books on cassette.

Sight Action, Dingwall offers a Talking book service with pen drives and boom boxes are available at a cost of £50 but can be trialled prior to purchase. A library list of books will be sent out for you to choose from.

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