Reprieve for Rotherham ‘Hear to Help’ service

Action on Hearing Loss’s ‘Hear to Help’ service is under threat of closure in Rotherham.

For the last few weeks, John has been involved and working with various groups to find a solution to stop the closure of this valuable service, which supports people with hearing aids through community drop-in sessions and home visits.

After he made a plea to Action on Hearing Loss‘s chief executive, John has just heard the service will stay until 30 June to allow more time to seek funding.

He said: “I am pleased the chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss has agreed with me that there should be more time to seek funding, and that a short reprieve has been granted until the end of June.

“I know how valued and vital Hear to Help is, having been to sessions myself and knowing the difficulties hearing loss causes from my earlier work with RNID. I was saddened and concerned by the decision to close it.

“I hope these extra few weeks will give enough time to secure the relatively small amount of funding needed to put the service on a permanent footing, and I’ll keep working closely with those involved.”

John recently visited the Hear to Help service in Swinton (pictured).