Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Reason 16: Fund Hear to Help

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Hear to Help is a hearing aid service provided by Action on Hearing Loss. It is a service used by over 1300 people in North Ayrshire.

The service was funded through a two year funding stream but that came to end on 2014/15. Action on Hearing Loss funded it for 2015/16 through its own charitable funds but if no funding was forthcoming from the three Ayrshire local authorities or the health board then they were clear that the service would close.

Joe visited the service and its clients at Chalybeate Court in Kilwinning to learn more about the service. Despite the sheltered housing complex being next door to Kilwinning Library some of the residents are unable to access the service there. If Hear to Help closes how would these elderly residents make it to Crosshouse Hospital? They were clear that they wouldn't and would instead do without their hearing aid > http://www.irvinetimes.com/news/14384947.Further_pleas_to_save__vital__hearing_loss_service/

Joe lobbied the Director of North Ayrshire's Health and Social Care Partnership to secure funding >

And is delighted that the three Ayrshire HSCP's have now agreed to provide temporary six months funding > http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/ayrshire-hearing-aid-service-rescued-7713989

Joe will continue to work to secure a sustainable future for Hear to Help beyond the next six months.

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