Our aim is to increase the level of peer support available to people with hearing loss in Cambridgeshire.
The majority of our staff and volunteers have hearing loss, and consequently offer peer support to our service users. Peer support is proven to help people through difficult situations because peers can better relate to one another, offer practical advice and suggestions that professionals may not know about, and increase a person’s sense of belonging.
Currently we run two quarterly ‘Hear for You’ social/peer support groups for people with hearing loss and their family and friends at the following locations:
This friendly group runs quarterly at The Cloisters, The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2BH, 11am to 1pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in March, June, September and December. Please note that in response to coronavirus we have cancelled our March and June meetings. A decision on the September and December meetings will be made nearer the time.
See this pdf poster for more information: A4 2019 Hear For You St Neots
Our volunteer, Norman Hardy, runs this group and he can be contacted by email: [email protected] or phone/text: 07514 914664
This friendly group meets monthly through Ely U3A (University of the 3rd Age): https://u3asites.org.uk/ely/home – and so you need to become a member of Ely U3A to be able to join this group. Annual membership is £8.
The group meets at various venues in Ely for friendship and support in how to live well with hearing loss. The varied programme includes discussions, speakers, assistive technology demonstrations and subtitled cinema/theatre performances. See this pdf poster for more information: Hear For You Poster A4
Our volunteer, Kate Hopkinson, runs this group and can be contacted by email: [email protected]
Other peer support/social groups in the county
Cambridgeshire Hard of Hearing Club:
The Cambridgeshire Hard of Hearing Club is a monthly social gathering for people with hearing loss. It meets on the last Thursday of every month, 2pm to 4pm, at the Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3X. If you are experiencing problems with hearing, needing help or feeling isolated due to related hearing issues, please do go along to a meeting or get in touch:
Cambridgeshire Cochlear Implant Social Group (CCIS):
The Cambridgeshire Cochlear Implant Social Group (CCIS) is a group of cochlear implant users and those who are working towards cohlear (CI) implant implantation. They meet quarterly over free tea/coffee and cake in Cambridge to discuss all things CI and much more. All brands of CI users and candidates are welcome plus a friend. To find out about the next meeting date and reserve you space, please contact Colin: [email protected]
CCIS also run a Facebook peer support group, which enables members to share their CI experiences. Click here.
Cambridgeshire Tinnitus Support Group:
The Cambridge Tinnitus Support Group meets five times a year on Saturday mornings, 10am for a 10.30am start, at The Meadows Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ. The aim of the group is to encourage a positive outlook and coping strategies for living with tinnitus. Please visit their webpage for more information: https://www.cambstsg.com/
Cambridgeshire Deaf Association:
Cambridgeshire Deaf Association runs a number of clubs, coffee mornings, and pub meets across Cambridgeshire for those who are Deaf. Visit their website to find out more: https://cambsdeaf.org/community/
Office address: Cambridgeshire Deaf Association, 8 Romsey Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 3NH
Tel: 01223 246237 Text: 07879 402981 Email: [email protected]