inTouch Summer 2023

Cover of inTouch magazine summer 2023. HRH Princess Anne is on the cover, smiling

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Welcome to the Summer 2023 issue of inTouch.

This issue, it’s our pleasure to introduce our new CEO Tracy Griffin.

We celebrate the visit of our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, to our southern training centre. There’s a chance to find out more about how our Community Days are changing, and we meet Carolann and hearing dog Walnut.

There’s also a chance to learn more about speech-to-text apps.


The next issue of inTouch will be published in winter 2023.


inTouch is published twice a year. A summer issue (published in June) with a copy deadline of mid-April and a winter issue (published in December) with a copy deadline of mid-October.

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inTouch Summer 2023 - British Sign Language (BSL) links

bsl tagClick on the links below to watch BSL videos of inTouch the newsletter for Hearing Dogs applicants and partnerships, Hearing Link beneficiaries and our volunteers. These videos will open in a new window and play in YouTube.

P3 Hearing Dogs family welcomes new CEO - Q&A with Tracy Griffin

  • We introduce Tracy Griffin who joined the Charity in July as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
    Watch in BSL

P8-9 Our Community Days are changing - find out more

  • Find out more about how our Community Days are changing as we host 100 events across the UK in 2023/24
    Watch in BSL

Helpful Hours – top tips on managing hearing loss

  • Learn about our new service Helpful Hours offering information on the most important hearing loss topics.
    Watch in BSL

Registering to attend a Community Day – who to contact

  • If you would like to join us at a Community Day, here’s how to get in touch.
    Watch in BSL

P12-13 Could you use your skills and experience to help others?

  • Central to our hearing support services are our team of peer support volunteers, all with lived or professional experience of hearing. Meet Steve and Christine, Aila and Barry who share the ways they are supporting individuals and their families.
    Watch in BSL

P14-15 More than half of all our services is paid for by gifts in Wills 

  • With your help, we will reach a day when no deaf person feels alone. Find out more about how you can leave a Gift in your Will.
    Watch in BSL

P16 Protecting your hearing - earplugs that can help

  • Summer is here and it’s time to get out and about, but this can bring its own challenges. Find out how the humble earplug could support you.
    Watch in BSL

P17 Technology corner - Speech-to-text apps and how they can support communication

  • Speech-to-text apps are designed to transcribe the spoken word, but how could they assist you each day. Find out in our latest technology article.
    Watch in BSL

P18-19  "It was literally love at first sight!" Carolann and Walnut's story

  • Carolann lacked confidence and suffered from anxiety and depression due to her deafness. Marly, her first hearing dog changed her life, but when he passed away suddenly, she struggled to deal with daily activities. But they came along Walnut and she hasn’t looked back since.
    Watch in BSL

P22 Meet Janet, our friendly receptionist and site co-ordinator at the Charity's Beatrice Wright Centre in Bielby, East Yorkshire

  • She’s the friendly face you meet when you first arrive at our northern training centre in Yorkshire. Find out more about Janet and her role at Hearing Dogs.
    Watch in BSL

P24 Pets at Home supports Hearing Dogs for a second year

  • A fabulous summer of fundraising is underway for the second year running as The Summer Fundraiser aims to raise vital funds for Hearing Dogs.
    Watch in BSL

ITVX launches BSL channel

  • ITV has announced that deaf viewers will now have access to British Sign Language channel, solely featuring signed programming.
    Watch in BSL

Could a Companion dog be right for you?

  • If you’re a dog lover with mild or moderate hearing loss, a Companion dog could be right for you.
    Watch in BSL