A new sight and hearing loss service is to be launched on the Isle of Wight next month. The Action on Hearing Loss charity has been chosen to provide the single sensory impairment service for Islanders. The Isle of Wight Council said the new service would provide “expertise, support and advice about all aspects of sight and hearing loss and will include specific support to people with the combined diagnosis of sight and hearing loss.” Lesley Holmes, head of the south west region for Action on Hearing Loss said:

We are delighted that Action on Hearing Loss has been given the opportunity by the Isle of Wight Council to provide sensory support services to provide support for people who are blind, have a hearing loss or dual-sensory loss on the Isle of Wight. It is a great privilege for us to be able to provide the best support for people who use the service and help individuals to make the best of their potential and not be limited by their sensory loss.

Councillor Gordon Kendall is the Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for health, community and adult wellbeing and welcomes the new provider. He said:

It is very important the Isle of Wight has a quality sensory impairment service available to users. We have listened to feedback obtained during the consultation and are confident the new set up will meet the needs of users and provide high levels of support.

The new service starts on 1 February 2014.