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British Sign Language (BSL) Courses Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Taster Courses

Hi Kent runs British Sign Language courses (Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Taster Courses) throughout the year using Tutors whose students achieve an outstanding record of success. Courses are held at venues throughout Kent with daytime and evening options.

To hear what our BSL students say about our classes click here.

Level 1 Course Details/How to apply

Level 2 Course Details/How to apply

Pre-Level 3 Details/How to apply

Level 3 Course Details/How to apply

Taster Course Details

Deaf Awareness Courses

Hi Kent can provide Deaf Awareness training for any front-line staff whose job brings them into contact with members of the public. The Course lasts half a day, and the information is presented in an enjoyable, inclusive style that staff will engage with and find invaluable. The course can be delivered anywhere in the South East region, mornings/afternoons/evenings or weekends, and will help your workforce to provide an even better service for those one in six members of the community who have a hearing loss.

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Lipreading Classes

We run weekly Lipreading classes all over the county, the majority of which are free of charge.  Learning to Lipread greatly improves confidence, enabling a person with a hearing loss to regain the ability to take part in conversations, meetings and participate in social activities.

To hear what our Lipreading students say about our classes click here.

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Tinnitus Groups

Our support groups for people with tinnitus have bee meeting regularly in Maidstone, Ashford and Pembury.  We have added new meetings in new locations for 2017.  The groups have been set up to allow people with tinnitus to meet together, share experiences and access information. About 10% of adults, or 6 million people in the UK, have constant mild tinnitus.  Up to 70% of people aged over 70 have tinnitus, so there is a real need for these groups. Attendance is free of charge.  

MAIDSTONE GROUP

We meet at the United Reformed Church, 67B Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1QU. Meetings are on Fridays 2 to 4 pm on the following dates:

25th August 2017 - speaker to be confirmed 

ASHFORD GROUP

We meet at the The Small Hall, St Mary's Community Centre, Rylands Road, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9LH.  Meetings are on Fridays from 2 - 4 pm on the following dates:

24 March 2017 - Talk by Starkey Hearing Technologies

22nd September 2017 - speaker to be arranged 

WEST KENT - PEMBURY GROUP

We meet at Pembury Baptist Church, Romford Road, Pembury TN2 4HT (apart from 31st March 2017).  Meetings are on Fridays from 2 - 4 pm on the following dates:

31st March 2017 - informal meeting over coffee at Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel/The Oast Bar, Tonbridge Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4QL 

 7th July 2017 - speaker to be arranged

NEW GROUP - FAVERSHAM TINNITUS GROUP

Saturday 22nd April 2017 10am-12pm at Brents Tavern, Upper Brents, Faversham, ME137DP - sharing and information session

NEW GROUP - DOVER TINNITUS GROUP

Friday 12th May 2017 6pm-8pm at Sports Pavillion, Whitfield Recreation Ground, Cranleigh Drive, Dover, CT16 3NN - Talk by Tina Beckham - Clinical Head of Service for Surgical Acute Audiology, East Kent Hospitals

JUNE - TEA FOR TINNITUS MONTH

Hi Kent Tinnitus Roadshow - calling at:

CROWBOROUGH

Friday 2nd June 2017 3-5pm - Crowborough Tinnitus Tea Party, Crowborough Community Centre CafĂ©, Pine Grove, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1FE - a chance to meet other people with tinnitus over coffee and cake.

CANTERURY

Friday 9th June 2017 2-4pm - Room 1, Northgate Ward Community Centre, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YX -Talk by Dave Carr from The British Tinnitus Association

ROCHESTER

Friday 16th June 2017 2-4pm - West Kent Quakers Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS - Talk by Dave Carr from The British Tinnitus Association

DARTFORD

Friday 23rd June 2017 2-4pm - Meeting room A (upstairs - lift available) St Anselms Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford, DA1 2HJ - Talk by David Stockdale, Chief Executive of The British Tinnitus Association

To find out more or to let us know that you will be coming to a meeting, email enquiries@hikent.org.uk, phone 01622 691151 or text to 07795 951466.

These dates and times are correct as at 10/02/17 but may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check back here or contact us for the latest information.