Wednesday, 5th February 2020 2.00 pm  at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace.

The speakers

Ms Julia Baron, Chief Executive of the Shropshire Rural Community Council  gave a talk on the Council’s involvement with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Mr. Ian Barrett, Chair of the Shropshire Deaf Children’s Society spoke on the Work of the Society


Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 2.00 pm  at the Wellington Methodist Church.

The speakers

Kathy Bristow and Eirwen Williams from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Rehabilitation – Hearing Impairment Section on the service and equipment they provide;  and Catriona Nicholls from Signal  gave an insight into their charity work both locally and internationally.


Wednesday, 19th June 2019 2.00 pm at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury.


The speakers were Mr Andrew Scott, consultant ENT surgeon and Ruth Allen from Hearing Dogs with Iker



Wednesday, 6th February 2019 at 2.00 pm

  at  the Methodist Church Centre in Wellington.



Julie Dixon from the British Acoustic Neuroma Association and a representative from Hearing Link.




 Alex Griffiths-Brown, Senior Audiologist at SATH.

on Hearing Aids both now and in the future.


Sally Shaw from Ideas for Ears.

    Sally spoke about the problems attending meetings and events with a hearing impairment.


Wednesday 12th June 2018 at Wellington Methodist Church and Centre, Telford

Speakers were


Emma Wilde, Project Officer of Signal gave a talk on Tinnitus and the role of Signal;  and

Marie Whitfield,.Engagement Officer West Midlands, of Deafblind UK gave an insight into the work of the Association.


Wednesday 18th January 2018 at 2.00 pm at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury

Speakers were


Toni Riley - on expereinces as a profoundly deaf person


Ben Woodhall-  Audiologist SATH


Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 2.00 pm at Meeting Point House, Telford


Speakers were

Laura Cross, Service Delivery Manager, Guide Dogs on the organisation and their service and

Simon Blakeman, Digital Skills Officer, Action on Hearing Loss on support to get online and utilise the internet


Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 2.00 pm at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury

Speakers were


Jackie Jeffrey, CEO Citizens Advice Bureau, Shropshire


Vicky Saddler, Senior Audiologist and Hearing tHerapist, SATH



Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 2.00 pm at the Whitehouse Hotel, Wellington, Telford

Speakers were


Heather Smith,, National Trust Equality Specialist, on access for deaf and hard of hearing people.


Rachel Whitney on developments at HLSS


Lyndon Thomas from Hearing Link on Text Relay System




 Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 2.00 pm at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury

Speakers were


Darren McHale, head of AudiologyServices at SaTH talking about balance issues.


Andrew Bleach, Technical officer for Shropshire County Council talking about equipment to suport hearing.




Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 2.00 pm at the Southwater Romm , Meeting Point House, Telford

Speakers were


Paul Coope, manager of The Hub drop in centre talking about services and equipment available there.


Wendy Southall, Comissioner for Shropshire CCG with a update on the provision of hearing aids, as second round of AQP begins.


Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at the Trinity Centre Meole Brace.

Speakers were

Phil Rogers, Project Manager for Signal talking about the Befriending and deaf aware projects

Darren Wilkins, Paediatric Audiologist on assessing and providing hearing care for children


 Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 2.00 pm at the Memorial Hall, Oswestry, SY11 2EG


Speakers were


Margaret Chamberlain, former Mayor of Oswestry, wheel chair user and hearing impaired, campaigner for disabled people.


Caroline Anderton, Head of Engagement for Hearing Link - talk entitled -Connecting people, transforming lives


Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 at 2.00 pm at the Whitehouse Hotel, Wellington, Telford TF1 2NJ

Speakers were


*Vicky Sadler, senior member of the Audiology staff at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals. with an update on Audiology services which will be of special interest in view of the recent decision by North staffs CCG to cut back on the provision of hearing aids for those with mild hearing loss.  She also spoke about research into the links between hearing loss and dementia.


*Kate Ballinger, Manager of Telford and Wrekin Healthwatch


Wednesday, 25th February at 2.00 pm at theTrinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury.

Speakers were


Mr John Vaughan Raising funds for hearing dogs - trekking to Everest


MS Jackie Jeffrey, Chairman of the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Service Association and Chief Executive of Shropshire Citizens' Advice Bureau 



Wednesday, 22nd October at 2.00 pm at the Glebe Centre, Wellington, Telford.

Speakers were


Mrs Natasha Harrington-Benton, Director  of  the Meuniere's Society


Dr Darren Perry, Consultant Neuro-Pschologist with experience of Meuniere's.



Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at 2.00 pm at the Trinity Centre, Meole brace, Shrewsbury.

Speakers were


Jean Randall-Smith, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire  “Making Yourself Heard”


Philip Moyse, MBE, on a free scheme which he runs to help older people to become computer literate, a vital need at a time when local authorities and others are trying hard to deliver services electronically whenever possible.



Wednesday 19th February 2014 at 2.00p.m. at the Whitehouse Hotel, Telford

Speakers were


All About the British Tinnitus Association.   David Stockdale, Chief Executive.

Tinnitus Groups and Other Help Available Locally.   Bethan Porritt, Hearing Therapist at SATH.
The Work of Signal.  James Cousins, UK Operations Director



 Wednesday, 9th October 2013 at 2.00 pm at the Trinity centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury. 


Speakers were  

Mr Andrew Scott, ENT surgeon, talking about his experiences working in hearing clinics in developing countries and

Ms Vicky Ryan from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People talking about their work


19 June, 2013

at the White House Hotel, Telford


Ann Shaw, Tactical Equality and Diversity Adviser for West Mercia Police (and a regular supporter of the Forum) spoke on the important subject of Disability and Harassment.


Sue Hall, who teaches sign language at Telford College of Arts and Technology gave a presentation.  Sue does not speak, but teaches by a combination of  signing, gestures and notes, finding ways for all to take part.  It made for an interesting session.  


This meeting was also the AGM.


13 February, 2013

at  at Trinity Hall, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury


Robin Ash of the British Deaf Association talked about their work with profoundly deaf people,


Darren McHaleand Vicky Sadler from Audiology at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust,who talked about recent developments in Audiology, including an update on AQP.


Tuesday, 2 October, 2012                                                                                           

at The Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Telford, TF1 2NJ


Frustrated by Loop systems that are absent or don’t work?

Johanna Taylor, from Action on Hearing Loss spoke about the Loop systems campaign.  


How can the council help?

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and a regular supporter of the Forum, spoke about the reorganisation of services provided by Telford and Wrekin Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.



Wednesday 27th June 2012 at 2.00 pm

 at Trinity church Hall, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury


Forum Annual General Meeting

Report of the year’s activities, presentation of the annual accounts, election of officers and committee.                                                                                                 


Staying Safe

Representatives of police, fire and ambulance services spoke about safety issues related to hearing impairment.



Thursday 14th March 2012 at 2.00 pm

 at United Reform Church Hall, Shrewsbury


A Surgeon’s eye view

Mr Andrew Scott, Consultant ENT Surgeon, with a special interest in Otology at SATH, will talk to us about recent developments in ear surgery.  


Planning for the introduction of AQP

Representatives of the commissioning teams from Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin explained what the system will entail and current progress in preparatiions.



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