New drop-in for people hard of hearing

Diane Rainford and Rena McCleary, of Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group
Diane Rainford and Rena McCleary, of Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group

A new drop-in centre is to open in Newton Stewart for people with hearing loss.

The drop-in facility starts on Monday, March 24, between 10am and noon at the health centre. From then on it will be held on the fourth Monday of every month between 10am and noon.

This will be in addition to the drop-in held on the first Tuesday of the month.

The drop-in is being organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group, a local charity which supports people with hearing loss. The group is primarily funded by Putting You First.

Drop-ins are free and run by trained volunteers who are able to replace tubes on NHS hearing aids, advise on other services available and give help on how to clean hearing aids moulds and tubing.

The Newton Stewart Drop-in volunteers are Diane Rainford and Rena McCleary, who both live locally.

Julie Turner, the service co-ordinator, explained why the additional drop-in is needed in Newton Stewart. “We know that in the past six months 100 visits have been made to the drop-in at Newton Stewart and every month the numbers are increasing. In February we had 26 people come along to the drop-in which was a lot of people to see in two hours. We are also keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering for the group in Wigtownshire.”

As well as the drop-in in Newton Stewart, the group has drop-ins in Wigtown on the third Thursday of the month at The Smiddy between 2pm and 4pm and in Stranraer at the Galloway Community Hospital on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month between 10am and noon.

Plans are also in place to open a drop-in in New Galloway in the near future.

If you would like to find out more about the service or are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Julie Turner on 07896 342878.