Plans to revamp sensory loss services across Ayrshire go out to consultation
Residents of Ayrshire and Arran are to get an opportunity to put their own views on wide-ranging plans to re-shape support for people with sight and hearing loss.
The new Ayrshire and Arran Sensory Locality Plan proposes to integrate and streamline services across the entire region to meet a huge projected increase in the numbers living with a sensory impairment over the next two decades.
Sensory loss covers varying degrees of hearing loss, sight loss or both. While it can be present from birth, for most people it occurs later in life, and can range from a relatively low level disability to total blindness or deafness.
Consultation meetings are being held in May to discuss how the new service can best meet local needs.
- For adults with sight loss, a meeting is being held in the Menzies Hotel, 46 Annick Road, Irvine on Tuesday, May 6 (11am -1pm).
- For children and their families, and young people living with hearing loss, a meeting is being held in Crosshouse Campus, Playingfield Road, Crosshouse on Tuesday, May 6 (4-6pm).
- For children and their families, and young people living with sight loss, a meeting is being held at Belford Mill, CVO East Ayrshire, 18 Brewery Road, Kilmarnock on Wednesday, May 7 (4-6pm).
- For adults whose main means of communication is through British Sign Language, a meeting is being held in the Belford Mill, CVO East Ayrshire, 16 Brewery Road, Kilmarnock on Wednesday, May 7 (10am – 12pm).
- For adults who are hard of hearing, a meeting is being held at SISG Ayrshire Hearing Support, Sutherland House, 123 Prestwick Road, Ayr on Wednesday, May 7 (2pm-3pm).
For those attending the consultations, a sign-language interpreter or note-taker; sighted guide (within the venue); and information in large print, audio CD or braille can be made available. Reasonable costs for transport may be reimbursed (although terms and conditions apply). Please stipulate any requirements when booking.
To book your place, contact Caitlin Howie, tel: 0131 652 3140 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Booking closes at 12pm on April 30.
For further information, please contact IAN BROWN at RNIB Scotland on 0131 652 3164 or 07918 053 952.
Notes for News Editors
1. The new proposals have been given impetus by an unprecedented increase in the number of over-65s projected to be living in Ayrshire and Arran by 2035, up from 69,200 to 106,800 (19 per cent to 30 per cent of the total population!). The numbers aged over 80 are anticipated to rise from 17,598 to 36,070. The incidence of sensory loss increases with age.
2. There are currently estimated to be around 62,200 people across Ayrshire and Arran with hearing loss, projected to increase by 50 per cent in the next 20 years to around 93,300. Meanwhile, the numbers with significant sight loss are set to double from 12,440 now to around 24,880 if no preventative measures are taken.