Who Are We?
The Milton Keynes Hard of Hearing Group was formed approximately 5 years ago and has recently formed into Community Interest organisation with charitable status.
The aim of the group is to alleviate social isolation, offer support and friendship and signpost to relevant services within Milton Keynes. We support people with mild, moderate to profound hearing loss and dual sensory loss. We also welcome people with Tinnitus, Menieres and pre/post cochlear implants.
Milton Keynes Hard of Hearing Support Group works closely with Milton Keynes Council who contract Sensory Advice Resource Centre (SARC) to provide assessments and equipment for people with sensory loss living within the boundaries of Milton Keynes.
We also work closely with Milton Keynes Audiology Department and the Adult Hearing Service. In addition, the MK Clinical Commissioning Group use us as a focus group for changes to the Adult Hearing Services in the future.
At present the group has approximately 16 regular members but as some become more confident and independent and move on it enables more people to join our meetings.
What Do We Do?
The group meets twice monthly on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10.30-12.00 noon at the Sensory Advice Resource Centre (SARC), Gloucester House, 399 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2AH
The first monthly meeting takes the form of a presentation from outside organisations relevant to hearing loss, followed by a questions and answers session. These prove to be both informative and interesting.
The third Tuesday each month is a more relaxed coffee morning where friendships are formed and experiences shared, advice is offered, and we aim to keep up to date with local disability issues.
We also arrange visits and outings to places of interest, which have included a visit to Bletchley Park:
Other trips have included visiting The Houses of Parliament using Community Transport. The visit was kindly arranged by our local MP, Mr Mark Lancaster .
Our most recent outing was to the Shuttleworh Collection at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. The trip was equally enjoyed by both male and female members and was partly funded by Campbell Park Parish Council.
For those with mobility issues or who find public transport inaccessible then taxi fares will be reimbursed upon production of a receipt, whilst funds are available. If you would like to join this diverse and very lively group please contact Ros Bloor on MK 01908 678472 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A warm welcome awaits you!
Below are the meeting dates for 2019:
- Tuesday 4 June Centre MK Open to All (tbc)
- Tuesday 18 June Coffee Morning
- Tuesday 2 July MKC Taxi Licensing
- Tuesday 16 July Coffee Morning
- Tuesday 6 August MK Healthwatch
- Tuesday 20 August Coffee Morning
- Tuesday 3 September Thames Valley Police
- Tuesday 17 September Coffee Morning
- Tuesday 1 October Adult Hearing Service (tbc)
- Tuesday 15 October Coffee morning
- Tuesday 5 November MKUH Audiology Services
- Tuesday 19 November Coffee Morning
- Tuesday 3 December Access Ambassadors
- Tuesday 17 December Christmas Party!