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Hot on the heels of the success of the ‘Bare-faced selfie’ raising over £8 milion ound for charity in eight days, Hearing Link invites you to get involved with our #earselfie campaign – a fun way to raise funds to towards our vital work supporting individuals and families living with hearing loss in the UK.

To join in on Twitter -  take an ear ‘selfie’ (self portrait) and share your pic on Twitter, including the hashtag #earselfie. Then make a donation to Hearing Link by texting ‘HEAR55 £2’ to 70070. The Hearing Link Twitter account is @HearingLink make sure you include us in your tweet for a retweet!  Why not try and get your favourite celebrities involved by asking them – via #earselfienominate - to tweet a photo of their ear and to make a donation to 70070?

To join in via Facebook, add your photo to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HearingLink

As well as donating via text to 70070, donations can be made online at: http://www.justgiving.com/hearinglink or, if tweeting the link, you can use the shortened URL: http://bit.ly/1rXIZVf

To spot your photo visit our #earselfie page.

Subtitle and Caption Club in Edinburgh
Are you interested in being part of a group that regularly attends captioned theatre and subtitled film performances?

The Subtitle and Caption Club in Edinburgh started in November 2013 and members have so far enjoyed three different events – two theatre shows and one film.

The idea behind the club is to have a regular socialable programme of visits to the theatre an...d cinema where subtitles or captions will always be available. Dates and times of these performances vary and are often limited.

Future events which club hopes to visit include:

- Captioned performance of West Side Story at Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 27th March at 7.30pm

- Subtitled cinema showing of The Rocket, Thursday 20th March at 3.10pm at Edinburgh Filmhouse & Yves St Laurent, 1st April, 6.15pm also at Edinburgh Filmhouse.
If you would like to join this group please email Beryl Homan at beryl.homan@whec.edin.sch.uk. (Please note: An administrative charge of £5 applies and will be valid until September 2014. Entry to performances is arranged by the individual and charges apply.)
Hearing Link survey: How can hearing loss be easier to manage?

You can help shape the services that Hearing Link offers and you can help us to understand more about what matters to you by completing our new survey.

The results will be powerful in influencing our thinking and our actions so please take some time to fill it in. Your views count.

We want to gather as much feedback as possible by the end of February 2014. Many thanks for your involvement.

Please complete the survey here.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Urgent news from the Department for Work and Pensions 

Creative workshops for people with hearing loss. 2014 programme.

The workshops cover a range of artforms from collage to performance, all gently introduced.  In each workshop an artist will talk about their own work before leading a fun, practical activity. Workshops are free and refreshments will be provided. 

A loop system will be available and an electronic notetaker will support all sessions. Let Loose is a series of artist-led workshops set up by Artlink exploring text in art. You don't have to come to all the workshops; come to as many as you like. These workshops are the first stage of a project to develop new artwork placing access at the centre of creative experiences.  

  • Jan 29 Visual Art, Quaker Meeting House, 10.30 - 12.30

Kate Temple will introduce her work then lead a practical collage workshop using a variety of instruction manuals, surrealist games and cut-up techniques.

  • March 5, Performance, Quaker Meeting House, 10.30 - 12.30

Greg Sinclair is a performer and musician. He will talk about this work and its development from fluxus instruction scores. We will then develop our own instructions as artworks.

  • April 2, Language, Dunbar's Close Garden, 10.30 - 12.30

Ken Cockburn is a poet who regularly works in the landscape to inspire and place his work. Working together we will make a written portrait of the garden, and ourselves within it. 

  • May 14, Games and Choreography, Quaker Meeting House, 10.30 - 2pm

Led by Anthony Schrag and choreographers Lucy Boyes/Robbie Synge. The workshop will begin with word games, developing into playful movement and choreography.

  • Graeae, Aesthetics of Access, Date and venue tbc

Graeae are the UK's leading accessible theatre company. This workshop will introduce Graeae's work and ideas of "aesthetic of access" for participants and artists.

  • June 25, Group Reflection and Planning, Quaker Meeting House, 10.30 - 12.30pm

Group review of experiences across the workshop series and discuss plans for a longer term project.

To get involved or find out more, contact Susan at Artlink: susan@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk  0131 229 3555.


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