Hearing Dogs for Deaf People; helping deaf people reconnect with life

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People; helping deaf people reconnect with life

We were delighted to link up with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People at our July Bereavement Support Group.

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, who help deaf people leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life is a registered charity that, since its launch in 1982, has matched thousands of hearing dogs with deaf children and adults.

The charity trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – such as the smoke alarm, alarm clock and even a baby’s cry. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives and can even save them. But that is not all a hearing dog provides for a deaf person – an important part of a hearing dog’s role is to help deaf people reconnect with life. Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog provides lots of love, companionship, and emotional support.

As if all of that was not enough – hearing dogs have saved countless lives: alerting them to fire alarms, shouts of a loved one who is in peril and even saving them from potential car thieves!

A lot of time and thought goes into matching a hearing dog and their deaf partner to ensure the partnership will work well. So many things need to be taken into consideration – for example, whether a person lives in a big city or tiny hamlet, whether they have cats or other pets that a dog would need to get to know, what their individual needs are, what their social life, work life and family life are like, how active they are, and many other things. The charity wants to ensure they get the match right for both the hearing dog and the deaf person – to create a partnership that will last a lifetime!

It’s a true team effort; volunteers, trainers, sponsors, and donors all play a pivotal role in providing this vital support service for deaf people.

We were delighted to be contacted by the charity to attend our monthly Bereavement Support Group, and we were thrilled to welcome along Christine and her Hearing Dog Jessie, and Gaynor from the charity.

Our Bereavement Support Group has proven so vital for many of our families as a safe place to come together to share their grief and talk with other bereaved people – bereavement and grief can also be very lonely and isolating.

On average, 15-20 people join us at Hazel Grove Baptist Church each month—regulars and new faces—as we enjoy tea, coffee, and some sweet treats while checking in on one another and sharing memories of our lost loved ones.

Mark, the Assistant Minister at the church also joins us, it is a very informal setting, whereby you can just drop by, occasionally we welcome special guests like the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, or we may do a group chat but mostly it is about offering support, comfort, understanding, and just giving each other time to remember our loved ones and to really listen to each other.

It was a wonderful morning – being able to give this important charity the opportunity to spread awareness of what they do to our group, who may benefit from their services, was invaluable. We would like to say a big thank you to Gaynor, Christine and Jessie for taking the time to visit with us.

Attendee: “I like coming to this group because it is the only place I feel completely at ease sharing my grief and talking about my lost loved one. Being around others in the same situation who really understand what I am going through is so comforting.”

If you would like to know more about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People;

whether you would like to volunteer, sponsor a puppy or if you think they may be able to help you or a loved one, you can find out more about this brilliant charity here https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/.

To find out when our next Bereavement Support Group takes place, visit our events page

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