Can you spare a few hours to help char­ity for deaf?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A DEAF char­ity is seek­ing vol­un­teers.

Hi Kent, which works with the deaf and hard-of-hear­ing com­mu­nity through­out the county, has launched a re­cruit­ment drive in the Ash­ford area.

The char­ity has se­cured ex­tra fund­ing to ex­tend its vol­un­teer­staffed hear­ing aid af­ter­care and ad­vice clin­ics through­out the bor­ough, and is look­ing to re­cruit up to 10 new vol­un­teers.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, one in ev­ery seven peo­ple has a hear­ing im­pair­ment, and many el­derly peo­ple have dif- fi­culty clean­ing or re-tub­ing their NHS hear­ing aids, or in chang­ing the small bat­ter­ies they need.

Hi Kent carry out all th­ese tasks at its clin­ics, and also sup­ply bat­ter­ies free of charge.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive John Clay­ton said: “We ur­gently need vol­un­teers to help run new clin­ics through­out the Ash­ford area.

“The work is in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing, and we pro­vide full train­ing.”

Af­ter train­ing, vol­un­teers need only con­trib­ute two or three hours each month, and ex­penses are paid.

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing how to join Hi Kent’s vol­un­teer team should phone 01227 760046, and ask for the vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, or send an e-mail to en­

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