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Being supported in or out of work is vital to anyone’s wellbeing. Both RNIB Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss have employment and welfare experts on hand to provide support and advice whenever it is needed.

Welfare Rights

Action on Hearing Loss has a local contact for welfare advice, Kieran Hamilton, Welfare Rights Officer can be contacted on email; kieran.hamilton@hearingloss.org.uk or via mobile for calls / texts 07741 164 095.

Kieran and the welfare advice service cover a wide range of different topics:

Table with welfare and employment subjects Action on Hearing Loss can advise on. Hearing Aids, Healthcare, Benefits and Services, Equipment, Rights, Tinnitus, Deaf Awareness, Communication

The organisation also provides a free national advice line on 0808 808 0123 or textphone 0808 808 9000 for those outside the Forth Valley area. There are over 80 different advice publications and leaflets available for download from the Action on Hearling Loss website too.

RNIB Scotland, has a Welfare Rights Officer available by appointment. Contact 0131 652 3140 to make an appointment at the Centre.

The ‘Advice Plus‘ service helps people who are blind or partially sighted with their welfare rights. RNIB Scotland can:

RNIB Scotland advice services: -	Identify benefit entitlement, -	Help with claiming benefits and completing benefit claim forms as well as attending appeals, Identify other services and organisations who can help in your local area, -	Provide home visits or see people at our centres, -	Provide advice on any aspect of benefit reforms

To arrange an appointment please call 01324 590 888 or speak to the RNIB Scotland team in Edinburgh on 0131 652 3140.

Employment

Action on Hearing Loss provide a number of different initiatives for people with a hearing impairment and employers. The Moving On service supports 16 to 25 year olds into employment or further education.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Moving On includes training, college preparation and a SQA Employability Award. The Mind Buzz scheme, developed in partnership with The Pacific Institute, aims to help young deaf people review their goals, step outside their comfort zone and think more positively about their future.

Employers can also take advantage of the Moving On team to make sure their recruitment processes are fully accessible and they are aware of the support available to employees who have a hearing impairment.

Sound Advice provides a more in-depth look at how communication, the working environment and HR policies can be improved or adjusted to help employees with a hearing impairment.

The RNIB Scotland Employability Hub helps people with a visual impairment to either stay in or gain employment. A wide range of advice, especially on how employers can help people managing a visual impairment continue in their jobs, is available.

Contact RNIB Scotland on 01324 590 888 for more information on opening times or to book an appointment.

 

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