Project information

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - Lifetime support

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains hearing dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals, providing independence, confidence and companionship. Through the support of The Big Give we would be delighted to raise £45,000 to breed, train and support a new hearing dog partnership.

On going - however 4-6 months to train each hearing dog

Charity information: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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  • Need

    Need

    Hearing loss is on the rise with 10 million people in the UK who are deaf or have a hearing loss. Alarmingly that is one in six people. As our population ages this number is set to grow and by 2013 there will be more than 14.5 million people with hearing loss in the UK. As awareness of our work grows we are now seeing a significant demand for our services. We urgently need the funds to be able to grow our operation in order to increase the number of trained hearing dogs each year.

    Solution

    Hearing dogs provide their recipients with independence, confidence and companionship by alerting them to important household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone, alarm clock and smoke alarm in the home, at work and in public buildings. The practical sound work and companionship benefits are profound; changing lives of loneliness and isolation into fulfilled lives of independence and security. Your support would be very much appreciated and make a very real difference.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To partner a deaf person currently on our waiting list with a life changing hearing dog.

    Activities

    » We would breed or source a puppy from a reputable breeder
    » The puppy then grows up in the home of a volunteer puppy socialiser gaining confidence in a variety of environments and learning good manners.
    » At around 12 months the hearing dog begins its soundwork training at one of our training centres, learning to respond to sounds.
    » The hearing dog is matched to its deaf recipient and taught specific sounds. Once working together the partnership is given lifetime support.

    Successfully partnering a deaf person currently on our waiting list with a new hearing dog and providing lifetime support for that partnership. We can provide a full report.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Receiving a hearing dog will have a life changing effect on a deaf person. Many recipients gain new found confidence to leave their home, safe in the knowledge that their invisible disability will be recognised and understood. Inez James, recipient of hearing dog Fynn comment "Fynn has given me so much more confidence. He's become my lifeline to the outside world.".

    Risk

    We always have the risk that a percentage of trainee hearing dogs will not make it to become fully qualified hearing dogs, however we have factored this cost of failure into our overall lifetime cost.

    Reporting

    We can report to donors on all stages of a new hearing dogs journey from puppy socialising, sound work training through to a qualified hearing dog partnership. We also welcome all our donors to visit our training centre to see first hand how our dogs change lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,100 Breeding & sourcing a puppy We either breed our own puppies or buy them from reputable breeders.
      £4,700 Puppy Socialising The puppy grows up in the home of a volunteer puppy socialiser.
      £12,400 Hearing dog soundwork training At around 12 months of age the hearing dog begins its basic soundwork training at one of our centres
      £9,900 Partnership training Hearing dog is matched to its deaf recipient and taught the specific sounds for this person.
      £4,100 Applicant assessment Each applicant is provided with a introductory course at one of our centres and home training cost
      £10,800 Lifetime partnership support Once working together the partnership is given lifetime support by our team including all costs.
  • Background

    Location

    We provide hearing dogs nationwide from the Channel Islands to The Shetland islands.

    Beneficiaries

    As well as the individual recipient of a life changing hearing dog, the positive impact can be seen by a larger group of people including the recipients immediate family, friends and their local community. As well as alerting their recipients to sounds, the burgundy jacket worn by hearing dogs when in public brings a visibility to deafness. Many recipients gain new found confidence to leave their home, safe in the knowledge that their invisible disability will be recognised and understood.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the past 30 years we have created more than 1,600 life changing partnerships and with 764 hearing dogs currently in working partnerships across the UK the Charity has established itself as a world leader in training hearing dogs with organisations as far and wide as Taiwan, New Zealand and Spain.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Puppy Socialiser Volunteer

    Will be responsible for hearing dog puppy for the first 12-14 months while the dog gains confidence in a variety of home and external environments.

    Hearing Dog Soundwork Trainer

    Will be responsible for teaching the dog to recognise sounds such as the doorbell, alarm clock and danger sounds such as the smoke alarm.

    Partnership Instructor

    Each new partnership is given specific training and ongoing support in their home by our dedicated regional partnership instructor.