Keeping in Touch
Your donations at work (mid year update 2015)
At the April meeting, a visitor with recent and severe balance issues became the main focus of the meeting. The visitor had actively searched the web for information and had no deafness at that stage. The visitor asked a lot of questions and expressed appreciation to the group for the contribution the members made to his understanding. The visitor left the group feeling supported and ready to take an informed part in the sessions with medical practitioners over the next few months and a much better appreciation of the broader spectrum of balance issues.
Another visitor came with a carer and a family member as support and the group agreed to take any questions. It quickly came to light that there was a very heavy usage of diet cola and members of the group encouraged the visitor to cut back on the caffeine intake. The family member of the visitor expressed appreciation for our contribution and indicated that the family had been thinking caffeine was an issue for some time but were not able to make headway with facing the issue before. July 2015
Reconnecting sufferers with each other and their community, encouraging them to explore available options and improve their emotional well being, as well as providing role models who successfully manage their condition.
Can you imagine living with a condition where with no warning the room seems like it’s spinning, you hear ringing noises and experience hearing loss for a significant time.
Meniere’s disease is a chronic condition that has no known cure. People with Meniere’s disease experience vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus which can lead to secondary symptoms of social isolation, anxiety, depression and inability to maintain employment.
The Keeping in Touch project is targeted towards addressing the above by ensuring once diagnosed, people have access to current and accurate information and resources to help them live with this chronic condition.
The Keeping In Touch Project aims to address and reduce the social isolation of people who contact the Ballarat Meniere’s Support Group by:
Providing bi-monthly contact in the form of written communication.
Providing telephone contact and counseling as requested/needed.
Encouraging people to ‘reconnect’ with the community in a safe environment via Monthly Meniere’s meetings.
Encouraging people to explore options available in the local community.
Providing role models who successfully manage their condition.
Improving the emotional well being of the individual and their family.
This project started back in 2003 and has continued every year since, thanks to the ongoing support of United Way Ballarat.
The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.
This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat for the following years:
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Your donations at work (mid year update 2014)
“The group have held 6 meetings this year, have distributed 3 newsletters to all members across the region and have engaged several guest speakers to come and speak at meetings. The coordinator has also been providing phone support to member who cannot attend meetings but needs a bit of extra support.
A member of the group and his wife have recently moved from Ballarat to Kangaroo Flat. Due to the friendships formed and support provided by the group this couple continue to attend Ballarat meetings every month even though there is a local Meniere’s group who meet at the Kangaroo Flat Sporting Club. This really emphasises the connection peers make when they can identify with one another and offer support when living with a chronic illness.”