Isle of Wight Council

06 Jan 2014

New provider for sensory services

The Isle of Wight Council is working with a new organisation to provide sensory impairment services on the Island.

Following an extensive consultation to gain the views of users, a new, single sensory service has been commissioned so that people can get all the support they need in one place.
The new service will provide expertise, support and advice about all aspects of sight and hearing loss and will include specific support to people with the combined diagnosis of sight and hearing loss.
Action on Hearing Loss, which is a national leader in the field of sensory impairment, has been chosen to provide services. The charity has been working on the Isle of Wight for over 20 years.
Lesley Holmes, head of the south west region for Action on Hearing Loss, said: "We are delighted that Action on Hearing Loss has been given the opportunity by the Isle of Wight Council to provide sensory support services to provide support for people who are blind, have a hearing loss or dual-sensory loss on the Isle of Wight.
"It is a great privilege for us to be able to provide the best support for people who use the service and help individuals to make the best of their potential and not be limited by their sensory loss."

Councillor Gordon Kendall, Cabinet member for health, community and adult wellbeing, welcomed the new provider. He said: "It is very important the Isle of Wight has a quality sensory impairment service available to users.
"We have listened to feedback obtained during the consultation and are confident the new set up will meet the needs of users and provide high levels of support."
Action on Hearing Loss will start operating the new service from 1 February 2014.

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  • The consulation to get views on sensory services ran from 13 August to 24 September 2013.
Isle of Wight, UK