A series of classes in the county which provide a lifeline for people who experience hearing loss are going from strength to strength.
In the Loop Lipreading groups were set up in different parts of Northumberland by Natalie Brodie-Clarke last year.
Such sessions were previously too expensive for a number of residents, but the Northumberland Adult Learning and Skills Service agreed funding for the In the Loop initiative that enabled the classes to be free.
They were so popular in 2014 that even more are being offered this year. One of the groups is based in Morpeth.
Natalie said: “As well as teaching people how to lipread, the classes provide a central point of information about hearing aids and how to cope with hearing loss in general, the latest technology available and services which offer further support.
“Lipreading teaches people how to better communicate their needs so others can co-mmunicate with them. Age acquired hearing loss is the most common, but people of all ages and backgrounds benefit from the groups.
“Action on Hearing Loss has supported lipreading in Northumberland for a number of years and in the past has launched national campaigns to draw attention to the need and lack of classes across the country.
“We continue to work together to provide as much information to those with hearing loss in this area as possible.”
For more details about the sessions, visit the In the Loop Lipreading Northumberland Facebook page.