Free “spring clean” drop in day for NHS Hearing Aid Users

Action on Hearing Loss in partnership with the Belfast Trust is delivering a FREE drop in day for NHS hearing aid users, to enable users to get their hearing aids in tip top condition for the Easter Holidays.

The drop in day will take place on Wednesday 28th March from 10.00am-4.00pm at:

Action on Hearing Loss, Harvester House, Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GA.

No appointments are required.

Trained Action on Hearing Loss volunteers, many of whom wear hearing aids themselves, can provide new batteries and re-tube ear moulds, as well as provide information on how to clean and use NHS hearing aids for maximum efficiency.

For more information on Hearing Aid User support sessions in Belfast, contact Laura Murphy 02890 239619 / e-mail or visit the website at

DfE Public Appointment competition for 9 new Members for the Board of NI Screen

Closing date is 5pm on Tuesday, 10 April 2018.

Download: Northern Ireland Screen – Board Opportunity.pdf

Northern Ireland Screen is the lead agency for the film, television and gaming sectors, committed to maximising the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. In addition to a deep commitment to high standards in public life we are looking for nine new people with specific skills to join the Board of Northern Ireland Screen. The successful candidates will contribute to the Board’s mission to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland.

Sail Training Ireland

Sail Training Ireland is the national sail training organisation. In 2017 we ran a day voyage for a group of students from the Holy Family School for the deaf Cabra Dublin. This proved to be very successful with a number of them progressing to our tall ship programme where they actively participated in a ten day voyage on the Tall Ship Maybe.

As a result of the success of this programme we have decided to expand on this by organising a full voyage for deaf students aged 15-18yrs from the Island of Ireland. The voyage will take place 30th June to 6th July on the Tall Ship Pelican of London (photo attached).

We have sixteen places available for young people 15-18yrs and four aided communicators (which could be teachers, youth workers or parents) with ISL and six places for students from Northern Ireland with two aided communicators to join the voyage.

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Oscars 2018: Ex-Hollyoaks star uses sign language in acceptance speech

A film starring a six-year-old deaf British girl and made by two former Hollyoaks stars has won an Oscar.

The Silent Child, which tells the story of a girl who struggles to communicate, was named best live action short film.

It stars Maisie Sly, aged six, from Swindon, and Rachel Shenton, who played Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap.

Shenton also wrote it and used sign language in her acceptance speech. It was directed by Chris Overton – AKA Hollyoaks cage fighter Liam McAllister.

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