Hidden Hearing NI Partners with Royal National Institute of Blind People NI
Hidden Hearing NI and leading sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People NI (RNIB NI) recently announced a new working partnership that will significantly benefit the patrons of both organisations across Northern Ireland.
Hidden Hearing staff will undertake visual awareness training with the RNIB, while RNIB staff will receive training regarding hearing loss issues, so staff at both organisations are in the position to deal with patrons with both sight loss and hearing issues. The new partnership will also see reciprocal displays of information and products in each organisation’s stores, as well as a reciprocal referral arrangement. There will also be opportunities for Hidden Hearing staff to assist as volunteers at RNIB events, such as children’s summer schemes, youth residentials, fundraising, etc.
Commenting on the partnership, David McGowan, Audiologist with Hidden Hearing Belfast said, “We are increasingly seeing blind and partially sighted customers visiting our branch for hearing aid solutions and we were keen to be able to signpost them to relevant support services relating to their visual requirements, as well as their hearing loss. This partnership with RNIB will enable us to do so and we are also keen to explore other partnership opportunities.”
Amy Stewart, Manager of the RNIB Resource Centre in Belfast, stated “A lot of our older blind and partially sighted customers also have hearing loss so it makes sense for us to link with Hidden Hearing so that we can offer a more comprehensive service to meet their needs.”
Staff from Hidden Hearing’s Belfast Branch recently attended RNIB NI’s residential training centre at Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea to participate in visual awareness training.