I was really pleased to be able to drop in to the Age Concern Day Centre in Wood Street, Tunbridge Wells this afternoon to see for myself the use that's being made of some new equipment I funded through KCC.
Hi Kent - the 'HI' stands for 'Hearing Impaired' - is an organisation which provides services and adaptations for those with hearing impairment across the County. From a simple hearing aid, to flashing lights linked to the doorbell, and vibrating pagers with distinctive alerts for baby alarm, doorbell, cooker timer and telephone, this equipment provides a lifeline for those unable to hear.
However, many people, particularly those who are unable to travel easily to Hi Kent's Maidstone offices, aren't even aware that this equipment, or these services, exist. I was pleased then to be able to fund a new noticeboard for the reception of Age Concern, as well as a new plasma screen television with integral DVD player. Now visitors to the Wood Street day centre can see for themselves what's available, and how they can apply.
So it was great to drop in today, with Hi Kent's Chief Executive John Clayton, to chat to friends old and new, and to discuss how we can now find funding for more of these information noticeboards and TV/DVD units in day centres across Kent.