Hear to Help drop-in

THE CHARITY Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is starting a new Hear to Help drop-in in Carnoustie.

The facility, which will offer free frontline hearing aid maintenance for NHS hearing aid wearers, starts on Monday 22nd April 22, between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. in Carnoustie Library.

From May, the drop-in will take place on the third Monday of every month. It has been set up at the request of local people who have already been visiting Hear to Help drop-ins in other parts of Tayside.

Local people who volunteer with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland will be on hand to offer free basic maintenance to NHS hearing aid users, such as changing batteries and re-tubing hearing aids as well as giving general advice and information on issues relating to hearing loss.

The project in Carnoustie is funded by the Scottish Government.

Michelle Donoghue, Tayside Hear to Help project co-ordinator, commented: “Getting used to a hearing aid can be very challenging.

“Our volunteers can help people with simple adjustments and maintenance to improve the performance of their hearing aids and improve their quality of life.

“We hope that the new drop-in in Carnoustie will be successful and that local NHS hearing aid wearers take the opportunity to come along.

“Anyone who has any questions about the project or about hearing loss should contact me on 01382 201073 or e-mail michelle.donoghue@hearingloss.org.uk.”

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey told the Guide & Gazette: “I am really pleased that Action on Hearing Loss have, with Scottish Government support, been able to bring Hear to Help to the town.

“The fact this has happened following requests from Carnoustie folk to have this service available demonstrates there is a demand and I would encourage anyone with an NHS hearing aid which they feel is in need of maintenance to pop along to the library.

“Similarly anybody wanting advice on hearing loss should avail themselves of this opportunity.”

Carnoustie Library corner

THE BEGINNING of the Easter holidays proved a busy time for Carnoustie Library with several events held to mark Tartan Day Scotland 2013.

There was a special Tartan Bookbug session for babies and toddlers and a Tartan Day Story Time for primary aged children that allowed them to be entertained by and interact with the Scots tongue.

The ever popular reminiscing group met to discuss food and drink and there was also a prize draw raffle for World Book Day which saw Anne Chisholm win a Waterstones voucher.

World Book Night on April 23 will be the next event at the library and will celebrate books and reading for adults.

Carnoustie Library staff will also be among the bookgivers for the third annual World Book Night.

Meanwhile, Monifieth Library will be holding their own special event for World Book Night with a visit from crime writer Gillian Galbraith.

Gillian is a former advocate specialising in medical negligence and now writes full time.

Her series of novels featuring the character of DS Alice Rice have proved very popular in Angus.

The event is free and tickets can be reserved at any Angus library.

To find out more about the World Book Night celebrations visit http://www.worldbooknight.org/