Kirkby Stephen has a drop-in service every 3rd Tuesday of the month - 10.00am - 12 noon held in the Local Links Centre, Vicarage Lane, Kirkby Stephen.
The project aims to bridge the gap in support for people with hearing loss by helping to maintain hearing aids, advise on amplified phones, TV loop systems, loud doorbells etc and befriending. This is done via regular monthly drop-ins around Cumbria where cleaning and re-tubing of hearing aids can be carried out and supplies of batteries are available.
The project will also visit people in their homes if they are house-bound and unable to get to the drop-ins or require a demonstration of phones, loop systems, door bells etc.
The project's befriending service aims to reverse the social isolation that hearing loss can bring by encouraging and empowering individuals to make the best use of their hearing aids and cope better with social situations so that their isolation can be reduced.
Bridging the Gap's office base is:
2 Long Lane, Carlisle, CA3 8TA. We also have an office in Barrow.
Caritas Care's Head Office is:
218 Tulketh Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston, Lancashire PR2 1ES
Bridging the Gap project is funded by the Lottery and the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme.