I joined Hearing Help Essex in May 2017; Overseeing the work of the organisation is a hugely varied and rewarding role; no two days are the same! I work with the Trustees, staff, volunteers, and service users to ensure we achieve our objectives. I have acquired bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, and as such, am passionate that Hearing Help Essex continue to deliver high quality services which inform and empower people experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Support Service Coordinator
I joined Hearing Help Essex in 2005 working one day a week as an Administration Assistant. Fast forward to 2019 and I’m now the Service Coordinator for the Hearing Aid Support Service, working four days a week. I manage and coordinate our loyal and hardworking Volunteers, at our Hearing Aid Support Sessions and arranging home visits to the housebound. I visit each session venue regularly which enables me to catch up with all the Volunteers, restocking their kit boxes if necessary.
Hearing Aid Support Service Coordinator
I started at Hearing Help Essex in June 2020, and am job-sharing with Susan Butler. For the past 2 years I have been looking after my daughter. When she was 9 weeks old we started doing sing and sign classes together learning baby sign and we really enjoyed these classes; it helped us to communicate before she could verbalise. This prompted me to start learning BSL again, something I had previously been interested in and completed a beginners course back in 2011. We have hearing loss in the family and understand how isolating it can be, and I am passionate about helping those who need it.
Resource Centre Coordinator
I’m the newest member of the team having joined Hearing Help Essex in October 2018. My role is to provide advice and information about specialist equipment for those with hearing loss to those who visit our Resource Centre; I demonstrate the equipment and manage the loan service for clients that gives them the opportunity to try out the equipment in their own homes. I work in the office 3 days a week, and in addition to providing equipment demonstrations, I answer queries over the telephone and email, and co-ordinate Outreach workers visits to housebound individuals.
Project & Finance Coordinator
I joined Hearing Help Essex in 2016 to help manage a new project to provide Advice, Information and Guidance to anyone living with or caring for people with hearing loss. My job is to co-ordinate the administration and data so that our outreach workers can provide their service through information stands, presentations, and home visits. I work two days a week and since joining HHE over three years ago have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this enthusiastic, warm and professional team.
My name is Kay Jagger and I am an outreach worker for Hearing Help Essex. My role is to offer support, guidance and information for people with hearing loss which can include display stands at various venues and exhibitions. Also IAG sessions at hospitals and community events. A large part of my role are home visits, where I can demonstrate various assistive equipment and new technologies to help make life easier for people in the county with hearing loss. I really enjoy meeting people and hopefully making a difference to their everyday lives.
I have championed for people with hearing loss over many years and bring many years of experience to my role ensuring those accessing our services benefit from sound advice, information and guidance. I am passionate about improving the lives of people with hearing difficulties.
My name is Christine Menzies, I was born deaf and I wear one hearing aid and have one cochlear implant. I joined Hearing Help Essex in 2016 as a volunteer and have progressed on to take on a role as an outreach worker doing home visits to reduce isolation for people with hearing loss, demonstrating equipment and providing guidance and information about wearing hearing aids.
The Hearing Dog
I was trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf people to be Sophie’s ears. Everyone says I’m clever as I know how to alert her to lots of different sounds. I accompany Sophie to work each day and bring a smile to all who meet me. I love working at Hearing Help Essex as I get lots of fuss and attention.