Forth Valley Hearing Access Forum (FVHAF) was established as a charity in March 2020. It got underway with support from Ideas for Ears.
The local charity has been established to help bring about change and improvement for people with hearing loss and those who are deaf.
The group is run by volunteers who all have some degree of deafness. They will work to make it easier for local people to participate, take up opportunities and enjoy themselves.
They want local service providers (across the public, commercial and third sectors) to deliver better hearing access, so more is done to protect Human Rights and meet the legal obligations of the Equality Act.
FVHAF runs the local Hearing Hub, which was previously run by Ideas for Ears.
This friendly, lively group of local people is involved with practical activities that help to improve access and inclusion for people with hearing loss and who are deaf.
Members between them have a wide range of first-hand experience of deafness, including different levels of severity, use of hearing aids, lipreading, sign language and more.
They have equipped themselves with knowledge and confidence to identify and challenge issues that reduce or prevent people with hearing loss from being able to access, participate and be included in meetings, events, activities and other opportunities.
Next meeting of FV Hearing Hub – TBC – it will be a virtual meeting. Request more info.
25 August – FV Hearing Hub – by Zoom call – Premier of Missing Out, a 4 minute film on hearing access, which was developed and produced with support from Hearing Hub volunteers
21 July – FVHAF Trustee Meeting. Request minutes.
Alison Delaney – Chair
Colin Fraser-Malcolm – Treasurer
Sally Shaw – Secretary
As well as enjoying shared learning and camaraderie, the Hearing Hub has been actively making a difference: