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A charity at the heart of our community, supporting and inspiring people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Resource Centre

We offer a well stocked Resource Centre showcasing some of the most useful assistive technology available to help those living with sight and/or hearing loss. 

Our knowledgeable team of staff and volunteers provide confidential and impartial help tailored to individual need. The service includes:

  • Equipment demonstrations by trained people - some of whom use this technology as a result of their own sensory impairment 
  • Most items on display are available for short-term (no deposit) FREE home trial
  • Information technology coaching and training (Kindle and E-readers, iPad and tablet computers, Skype and/or Face time, Internet and email)
  • Support for people using hearing aids (cleaning, re-tubing and battery replacement for Derriford supplied hearing aids) 
  • Braille tuition and ‘Skills for Seeing’ (Eccentric Viewing) training
  • Information on local support groups and national charities
  • Advice for professionals supporting those with sensory impairment.

We can also advise on how to adapt existing equipment to make it easier to use for those with sensory impairment.  A small range of products can be bought at the Centre and we can help you source other items by mail order from Action on Hearing Loss, RNIB etc.

We operate as both a ‘drop in’ and appointment-based service; albeit, we would highly recommend making an appointment in advance of your visit so we can guarantee to be able to help you promptly.   

For Visually Impaired people the equipment on display includes:

  • Talking watches and clocks 
  • Lighting to help with reading or other tasks within the home 
  • Kitchen equipment, including talking scales and microwaves 
  • Writing aids, large print stationery and talking calculators 
  • Electronic reading aids for magnifying documents
  • A range of magnifiers 

 

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing people the equipment on display includes:

  • Amplified telephones and both corded and cordless phones
  • Advice on mobile phones  
  • TV listening devices 
  • Loop systems for groups and the home 
  • Vibrating / flashing alarm clocks 
  • Alerting systems and doorbell alternatives 
  • Sound therapy products for people with Tinnitus. 

"The service was brilliant and helped me no end. I am glad I got in touch as the improvements in my life are down to the assistance and support you gave me." 

For further information please contact us on:

Phone: 01752 201899
Fax: 01752 201895
SMS: 07792 833929
Text phone: 01752 201896
E-mail:
sensorysolutions@improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk