With 2015 coming to a close, I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the top five Hear 2 Work posts. This tells me what you’ve enjoyed reading so far, and with that in mind, will help me plan for future posts in 2016. Anyway, here they are…
This post highlighted the Access to Work scheme. This is a Government scheme providing grants of up to £40,800 to pay for practical support if you have a disability and need help to either start work or to stay in work. The post sets out the application process and provides a link to the application form. Check out whether you qualify and get your application in!
No 4 – Tips on managing phones
The bane of many deaf people’s lives! Here I highlighted some of the problems I’ve had with phones over the years and also set out some strategies that you can use, providing links to some of the best phones on the market.
No 3 – Starting out
The very first blog post on Hear 2 Work which set the scene for what was to come. It generated lots of interest and was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter. I was so pleased to receive a lot of supportive comments on the value of the blog that really helped to spur me on.
The second most popular blog of 2015 was an interview with Christine Peel who currently works as a telephone call handler for the 111 service. Christine’s story clearly inspired many people and set a fantastic example to us all by aspiring to do something that many of us would consider impossible. I’ll be hunting out more inspiring people in the New Year and posting their personal stories on Hear 2 Work in 2016.
The first guest blogger on Hear 2 Work, Lorraine Gailey, Chief Executive of Hearing Link was clearly a big hit with you all. Lorraine used the opportunity to set out the excellent range of support services offered by Hearing Link to adults with hearing loss. I’ll be looking to provide similar guest blogs from organisations that you’ll find helpful.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the Hear 2 Work posts so far. In the coming months I’ll be doing some product reviews (courtesy of Connevans), publishing more interviews with people in the workplace, and listening to suggestions from you to help build the type of content that you want to help you manage your hearing loss in the workplace. If you’ve any suggestions for things you’d like to see then please let me know.
In the meantime, I hope you have some great New Year celebrations and I’ll see you in 2016!