Are you ‘hear’ to help?

ACTION on Hearing Loss Scotland project co-ordinator Michelle Donoghue is looking for local volunteers to join the ‘Hear to Help’ project.

The charity runs four hearing aid maintenance drop-ins across Angus including one in Arbroath and is looking for people who have a couple of hours to spare every month to be part of the team.

‘Hear to Help’ offers free basic hearing aid maintenance to NHS hearing aid users as well as giving support and advice to people with hearing loss.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government and the Co-operative. All ‘Hear to Help’ volunteers are given full training and guidance on working at the drop-ins.

Michelle explained: “I would be delighted for anyone who is interested in volunteering for ‘Hear to Help’ to get in touch and have a chat.

“People who have experience of hearing aids or no experience at all are very welcome to be part of this project.

“We will offer training and support to all our volunteers who in turn will be able to give practical help and advice to people in Angus who have problems with their hearing aids.”

Anyone interested should contact Michelle on 01382 201073 or e-mail

Well-known judge

HEATHER Gourlay, president of the Angus Writers’ Circle, welcomed Anne Downie, the well-known Scottish actress and writer to their meeting last Wednesday.

Mrs Downie had been invited to adjudicate the Circle’s August competition, a general short story.

The evening was a jointly funded event by Angus Writers’ Circle and Creative Scotland’s Live Literature programme, which is managed by Scottish Book Trust.

The scheme exists to bring Scottish fiction writers, playwrights, poets, storytellers and their work to every corner of Scottish society including schools, libraries, writers groups, additional support needs organisations, community groups and literary organisations.

The scheme subsidises up to 1,200 writer events around the country each year, reaching an average annual audience of over 50,000 people.

Anne Downie has appeared in television productions such as ‘Taggart’, ‘Glasgow Kiss’ and ‘High Road’.