New Pan-London ‘Living with Hearing Loss’ project launched

PRESS RELEASE MAY 2016

New London-wide project to support people living with hearing loss.

deafPLUS, a national charity currently celebrating its 45th year, announces the launch of a London wide programme of support for older people who are living with hearing loss.

deafPLUS has received funding from City Bridge Trust to set up a new Pan London project called ‘Living with Hearing Loss’ (LWHL).  It has appointed Faye Routledge as the LWHL Project Manager & Trainer. Zoe Fudge has also been appointed as the LWHL Project Marketing & PR to launch this exciting project.

The project has been designed to support older people to manage the difficulties they experience because of age-related hearing loss. This will see deafPLUS deliver a series of free courses across London for people over 50 who have hearing loss. The courses will provide access to appropriate information, training in lip reading skills and delivery of other related support in an empathic learning environment.

Gary Williams, deafPLUS Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting project. With the right advice, equipment, and investment in their communication skills, older people with hearing loss will regain their confidence and can continue to lead fulfilled and independent lives.”

Each 7-week course will provide lip reading practice, support on other aspects of living with a hearing loss such as tinnitus, the use of specialised equipment etc. There will then be a further 5 weeks spent on setting up a self run support group to ensure the course participants can continue to meet up, socialise and support each other.

If readers would like more information or feel their area would benefit from our free training course then please contact LWHL Project Manager Faye Routledge on faye.routledge@deafplus.org

 

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Personal Assistants (PAs)

Personal Assistants (PAs)

As part of the YOUchoose consortium lead by Action Deafness, deafPLUS are pleased to join as a partner to deliver a high quality PA Community Support Service in the Greater London Area. The aim of deafPLUS’ PA Community Support Service is to ensure independence amongst our clients.

We are now recruiting a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join deafPLUS.

Have you got what it takes to make a difference to the lives of Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind (D/deaf) people in the Greater London Area (GLA)?

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer. We are a vibrant charitable organisation with a lively team. We are currently seeking to develop a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join our PA Community Support Service. We provide personalised support services for D/deaf people throughout Greater London, in particular South London.

Our aim is to increase individuals’ independence, build their confidence and enable them to learn new skills.

What are we looking for in a PA?

  • Preferably, you will have experience of working in a PA role previously;
  • Have excellent organisational skills;
  • Be able to work flexible hours including weekends and bank holidays where necessary;
  • Have drive and enthusiasm;
  • Be able to work on your own initiative.
  • Have Level 2 BSL (or equivalent) or a Communicator Guide qualification or experience of working with d/Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.

General duties include providing daily living support. This may include developing/increasing clients confidence, communication skills and life skills, accessing local provisions such as leisure services and community groups, supporting the service user to maintain their independence in the general community, developing hobbies and interests in accordance with their support plan.

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer and the rates of pay for PA’s is £9.75 per hour

Benefits to you:

  • Up to 25 days paid holiday (Exc. Bank holidays)
  • A comprehensive training package including Deafblind Communicator Guide
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Enhanced DBS check fully paid for by deafPLUS

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification to:

Contact: laura.sampson@deafplus.org
Mobile: 07521 663987

Job Description and Person Spec can be downloaded here:

PA JD Persons Spec