Three committed volunteers who support people with hearing loss in Montrose have been honoured with a national award from a charity.
Alan Gordon, Kay Cessford and Jackie Gray are members of the Tayside Hear to Help group which won the Action on Hearing Loss Scotland Volunteering Team of the Year award.
The team run 15 monthly drop-in sessions in communities across the region, including in Links Health Centre in Montrose on the last Friday of every month.
In the last year, the team has maintained 3,000 NHS hearing aids for people across Tayside and spoke with thousands of people about managing hearing loss.
The volunteers also make home visits including to residents in sheltered housing and nursing homes to help them get the most out of their hearing aids and enjoy a better quality of life.
This support saves NHS hearing aid wearers a journey to the audiology department.
Alan said: “Volunteering to support people with hearing loss in Montrose by sharing my own experiences of wearing a hearing aid is a great feeling and I’m delighted to be part of the Tayside team winning Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s volunteering award.”
Kay added: “We look forward to telling people at our next drop-in session about our award because, without their support for Hear to Help in Montrose, we wouldn’t have such an enjoyable time volunteering.
Michelle Donoghue, project coordinator for Tayside Hear to Help, said: “Our volunteers in Tayside are very hard working and dedicated so it is wonderful to have that their contributions recognised with this team award.
“We couldn’t deliver our Hear to Help service in Montrose without the support of our inspirational volunteers like Alan, Kay and Jackie.
“I’m delighted for them as they make a huge difference to the lives of people living with hearing loss.”
For information about how to volunteer for Hear to Help, contact Michelle by telephoning 01382 201073 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID).
The charity also has a new website at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk