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Project information

Self Management Programmes 2014

Hearing Link needs vital funds to help transform the lives of individuals struggling to cope with hearing loss: isolation, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and family breakdown can all result from unsupported deafness. Hearing Link's interventions really do make a difference - please help us.

March 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Hearing Link

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  • Need


    People who grow up hearing, speaking and communicating normally are not prepared for the challenges a sudden or gradual deterioration of their hearing will bring. They can lose their job, lose their social life, stop communicating with their friends and family and fall into clinical depression as a result of their isolation. Family members are also affected by this change and partners are also more likely to suffer from clinical anxiety and depression. Family breakdown is not uncommon.


    Hearing Link runs a range of rehabilitation programmes to give people with hearing loss, and their family/friends, the knowledge, skills, contacts and confidence needed to effectively manage their hearing loss. We train people with experience of hearing loss to become volunteer peer facilitators. By sharing their unique insights & experiences, they inspire people to find their own solutions to daily communication challenges. We encourage people to set & attain goals, enabling them to progress.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support people with hearing loss trying to overcome communication challenges in their lives.


    » Offer 3 day Self Management Programmes for people with hearing loss and their families to give them knowledge, skills, contacts and confidence.

    What success will look like

    We use recognised outcomes monitoring tools on our programmes to measure the efficacy of our interventions.

    Aim 2

    To support people who need help with setting and achieving life goals.


    » The 3 sessions SMP, run over 3 days approx. 1 month apart, allows people to set goals & make progress towards them, while being supported by peers.

    What success will look like

    We encourage people to set and attain their own goals, and monitor their progress during and after the programme.

    Aim 3

    To encourage people to develop their own support networks.


    » We encourage participants to stay in touch with each and maintain their own support networks, which we facilitate with networking events.

    What success will look like

    We follow up our beneficiaries to find out how well they are keeping in touch with contacts made, and encourage membership with us and local groups and clubs.

    Aim 4

    To provide people affected by hearing loss with information advice & signposting to appropriate help


    » We encourage beneficiaries to utilise all our informative services, including our website & Helpdesk, & signpost to other services in their own area.

    What success will look like

    Our Helpdesk monitors all enquiries and the outcomes. We monitor how satisfied enquirers are with the response, and if they have made a positive step forward as a result.

    Aim 5

    To provide effective and inspirational peer support to people with hearing loss, and their families.


    » We will recruit and train more people with experience of hearing loss to provide voluntary support across all our services.

    What success will look like

    We record our volunteer number and activity, and monitor the outcomes of our volunteer peer support.

  • Impact


    Hearing Link's Self Management Programme enables people to manage their own hearing loss, and empowers them to help and support others. We believe the result will be stronger, healthier communities that are more self reliant, and less inclined to need medical/social care interventions. We aim to demonstrate this by monitoring the outcomes for our beneficiaries long term.


    The biggest risk to our project is not raising enough funding through various sources to carry out all our planned programmes. To address this we are looking at ways to diversify our income streams, but in reality as a charity we are always going to need people to donate in support of our work, and to leave us a legacy in their will, however modest. Every donation received will help transform the life of someone struggling to cope with their hearing loss.


    We are happy to report back to our donors either about our work in general, or about specific programmes that are of particular interest to them. Any donor may request our Annual Report or download it from our website. We will report back in the way that suits our donor.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,375

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      Amount Heading Description
      £27,000 Speech to Text Reporting Communication support for 15 programmes
      £10,500 Venue hire & Travel costs For 15 venues
      £10,875 Tutors & Course materials For 15 programmes
      £27,000 Staff/overheads Planning, training, supervision, evaluation etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various £4,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Self Management Programmes are delivered in key cities and towns across the whole of the UK, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    Each course benefits around 15 people affected by hearing loss, plus their wider communication network of family, friends, colleagues and community. We treat individuals holistically, understanding that their hearing communication partners are also impacted by hearing loss, and need to acquire skills and knowledge themselves. We postively welcome hearing partners, family and friends to join in with our courses.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hearing Link operates at grassroots level, impacting on the lives of people. We don't undertake research or try to change the world. We just want to transform the lives of individuals who are struggling to come to terms with their hearing loss, and empower them with the skills, knowledge, contacts and confidence to cope well for the rest of their lives. Our unique use of peer supporters with their own experience of hearing loss makes our interventions effective, powerful and life long.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Partners

    Hearing Link partners with local hearing loss organisations and audiologists around the country to deliver our programmes.


Pays the travel costs of a volunteer facilitator