PCC visits Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's 35th Anniversary

Hearing Dogs For Deaf People At St Martin Pic

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson recently joined the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood, at the 35th anniversary of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Hosted at St Martin's Church in central Birmingham, the PCC was told how Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train clever dogs to help deaf people with their everyday tasks. Their job is to recognise simple souds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, an alarm clock or danger signal like the fire alarm. Being aware of these, thanks to a hearing dog, makes a real difference to the lives of their owners.

Importantly, the clever canines do much more than alert their owners to sounds; deafness can be a very isolating disability.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner said David Jamieson said:

"From meeting some of the owners at the event it was touching to hear how a dog can give someone a newfound sense of independence and confidence when they have a loyal companion and a true friend by their side."