4th Annual Quiz

4th Annual Quiz is on 12th March at 7pm – Torteval Church Hall.  This is a written quiz with no music rounds, so suitable for all.  Tickets cost £8 per person, teams of six.  Text 07781 138704 to book your ticket which includes food.

SILENT Auction will be drawn at the Quiz Night.  Super Raffle also on the night

 

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Updated info on Hearing Aid funding

First, get your hearing tested. Some GPs will do this, but they can’t prescribe hearing aids. However, if it is a sudden or one-sided hearing loss your GP may refer you on to ENT at the Medical Specialist Group.

There are three hearing aid providers on the island:

Mario Cavagnetto of Advanced Hearing Services at the Grandes Maisons surgery at St Sampsons (Tel: 245999),

Specsavers in the Market Square in Town, (Tel: 723530)

Hidden Hearing at La Villette Hotel, St Martins, (Tel: 0203 22554400) and in St Peter Port http://www.hiddenhearing.co.uk

Once a hearing test has been done and a hearing aid or aids have been prescribed by a hearing aid audiologist, and you are in receipt of Supplementary Benefit you need to contact: Social Security Department, Edward T. Wheadon House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3WH.  Telephone: 01481 732501.

You should explain that hearing aid(s) have been prescribed and the reasons why you would find it difficult to afford to pay for them yourself. SSD will then request information from the hearing aid provider and perhaps ask for further financial information from you. SSD may or may not award a full or partial grant.

However, if you are not in receipt of Supplementary Benefit, or if the grant awarded is insufficient to pay for the aids that have been prescribed, GHHA will be happy to look at your circumstances and may award our own grant.

For further information please contact Nikki Stephens on 07911 728414 or email us on ghha@suremail.gg

 

 

 

Information on the mechanism for applying for help for paying for hearing aids in Guernsey

First, get your hearing tested. Some GPs will do this, but they can’t prescribe hearing aids. However, if it is a sudden or one sided hearing loss they may refer you on to ENT at MSG. There are three hearing aid providers on the island: Mario Cavagnetto of Advanced Hearing Services at the Grandes Maisons surgery at St Sampsons (Tel: 245999), Specsavers in the Market Square in Town, (Tel: 723530), and Hidden Hearing at La Villette Hotel, St Martins, (Tel: 0203 22554400).
Once a hearing test has been done and a hearing aid or aids have been prescribed by a hearing aid audiologist, and you feel you are unable to pay for the aids yourself, you need to write to: Social Security Department, Edward T. Wheadon House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3WH. Your letter should explain that hearing aid (s) have been prescribed and the reasons why you would find it difficult to afford to pay for them yourself. Social Security will request information from the hearing aid provider and also further financial information from you.
Social Security may or may not award a full or partial grant. However, if a request for a grant is rejected or the grant is insufficient to pay for the aids that have been prescribed, GHHA may be able to help, taking into consideration your individual circumstances.
For further information please contact Nikki Stephens on 07911 728414 or email us on ghha@suremail.gg

Important information on benefits and voting from Shelaine Green, Gsy Disability Alliance

Severe Disability Benefit retained

Good news for disabled islanders living in Extra Care Housing. Social Security have carried out further investigations and concluded that disabled people who live at Le Grand Courtil and La Nouvelle Maraitaine should continue to be eligible for Severe Disability Benefit (SDB) if they meet the criteria.

Last year, SSD asked the States for permission to change the SDB law so that people in Extra Care housing could potentially be excluded. This was blocked by an amendment from Disability Champion, Deputy Arrun Wilkie. He asked SSD to review the needs of people who live in Extra Care housing first.

News of the “U-turn”, as the Press put it, was mentioned on the front page for two days in a row. Press cuttings are attached.

I’ve also attached a brief section from the Billet which explains the decision in more detail.

Making Election 2016 accessible to all

The Home Dept is keen to make it easy for disabled islanders to vote in next year’s election. They’ve asked the GDA for ideas so if there is anything that you would like to suggest, please contact Karen on karen@disabilityalliance.org.gg or 07781 467316. It’s not just about physical access to polling stations. Your suggestion could be something that would help people with autism or a mental health condition or a learning disability or….

IMPORTANT: Have you registered to vote yet? It’s really straightforward. Just go to http://www.election2016.gg.

GSPCA Seafront Sunday tomorrow from 10 – 4. We will be there!

photoOn the Crown Pier with the other charities stalls tomorrow we will be selling our lovely home made craft items including bunting, hangings, bookmarks, wallets (for Kindle or iPad mini) and doorstops.

The support we have had this year from the people of Guernsey has been amazing so we will also be giving away FREE cotton shopper bags, wrist bands, biros, notebooks and pens, and for the children, small bouncy balls and bubbles.  Come along and see us and find out about what GHHA does to help and support Hard of Hearing and Deaf adults in the Bailiwick. Its only £5 for life membership!

Help! We need to borrow a folding table for Sea Front Sunday

Does anyone have one of those plastic folding tables with a carrying handle (the sort used at Farmers Markets etc, not a pasting table) – about six foot in length when opened out – that we could borrow for the GSPCA Sea Front Sunday on 13 September? I can’t find one to buy anywhere on the island – Gaudions used to sell them but don’t anymore.  At our stall we will be selling more of our lovely Guernsey seaside related crafts – still some bunting left – and its our last major fundraiser of the year. Please ring Nikki on 07911 728414 if you can help with the table. Many thanks!