Robin Wickes wins Volunteer of the Year award

Robin Wickes receives his award from Delia Henry of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. Picture: comp
Robin Wickes receives his award from Delia Henry of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. Picture: comp
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A CAMPAIGNER for deaf people in Edinburgh and across Scotland has landed a top award for his efforts.

Robin Wickes, from Newington, was named by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland as its Volunteer of the Year.

The honour was presented in recognition of his inspirational campaigning and support for people who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss.

Robin, who is a hearing aid user, campaigns so that people with hearing loss have better access to services.

He undertook a key role in visiting tourist attractions in Edinburgh and across Scotland to assess their facilities for the deaf, as well as calling hotels to find out what support they have for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Through his volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Robin joined the Edinburgh Access Panel which he now chairs.

He also gives information talks to a wide range of audiences across Edinburgh – including school students, local authority staff and adults with learning disabilities – about deaf awareness and how to best communicate with people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Robin said: “It’s fantastic to receive an award for volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experiences campaigning and informing lots of groups and organisations about the everyday challenges faced by people who are deaf or have hearing loss. I hope that my award inspires other people in Edinburgh to consider volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland as they provide great support and give you fantastic opportunities to make a real difference for people in the city who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Delia Henry, director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “Volunteers like Robin are the backbone of our charity and bring a diverse range of skills and energy towards improving the everyday lives of people who are deaf or have hearing loss. We are delighted to recognise the immense amount of time and dedication Robin gives to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and present him with his well-deserved award.”

DIANE KING