Hi Kent, a charity which helps the deaf, is starting new social groups for people with hearing loss.
A spokesman said: “In ‘normal’ times, having a hearing loss can often result in feelings of social isolation and exclusion and during the 18 months of the pandemic so far, some clients have felt that these feelings have become even more pronounced. As restrictions have been lifted, they are keen to start going out and meeting people in a safe and friendly environment.
“With this need in mind, we have decided to set up social groups for adults of any age who have hearing loss. They will be held all over Kent and will run monthly. They will be an ideal opportunity for people to make new friends, enjoy conversation, talks, activities and a good cuppa!”
Coordinator Vicky Kirk has been busy identifying suitable venues and the following groups will start soon, with more to follow:
Broadstairs : At The Baptist Church, Queens Road, CT10 1NU on Monday, September 20, 11am to 1pm.
Ashford: At Ashford Picturehouse, Elwick Road, TN23 1AE on Thursday, September 23, 11am to 1pm.
Faversham: At The Umbrella Centre, Court Street, ME13 7AT on Monday, September 27, noon to 2pm.
Maidstone: At the United Reformed Church, 67 Week Street, ME14 1QU on Wednesday, October 6, 10am to noon.
Tonbridge: At Age UK, 5 Bradford Street, TN9 1DU on Thursday , October 21, 10am to noon.
Gravesend: At Age UK, Clarence Row DA12 1HJ on Tuesday, November 9, 10.30am to noon.
Vicky said: “There has already been a huge amount of interest and we are looking forward to meeting everyone. It is so rewarding to feel that our charity is able to offer this support and we do hope that those who attend feel that they benefit from joining. Any adult with a hearing loss is welcome.”
To register to attend contact Vicky Kirk at Hi Kent on 01622 691151, text to 07939 593030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org