Ideas for Ears

Social Enterprise Spotlight - Ideas for Ears

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Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Sally Shaw and Ideas for Ears - a social enterprise that helps people and organisations to overcome the impact that hearing ability can have on enjoyment, participation and opportunity. Get in touch with Sally at sally.shaw@ideasforears.org.uk and check out ideasforears.org.uk. Connect with them on and Twitter too.
Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Ideas for Ears will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk
What’s your social and/or environmental mission? For Scotland and the UK to become more hearing-friendly so that hearing ability does not limit enjoyment, participation and opportunity.
How do you do it? We run a hearing-themed rate & review site (www.ideasforears/rate-and-review) where people can share feedback about their experiences of being able to hear and communicate in cafes, restaurants, shops and other public places. We also provide practical support to businesses so they can create more hearing-friendly customer and staff environments. Finally, we help innovators to test, trial and promote new products and services for people with hearing loss.
What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? People continue to be defined and limited by their hearing ability in a way that should not and need not occur these days. I have hearing loss myself and know the challenges and difficulties that can arise. I felt that things could be different and better and decided to help make it so.  
What are your current projects? There’s a lot going on. Our project ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ is running in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area to bring local people and service providers together to identify issues and how they can be fixed. We are also working with one of the UK’s top 20 digital innovators on trials of their ground-breaking new telephone technology. 
What exciting things do you have coming up? We have a second ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project soon to get underway in the Dunbartonshire area. We are also bringing together key players and funding to carry out demonstration projects to measure the costs and benefits involved in transforming different spaces from being hostile to friendly for hearing.
Who do you want to work with more? We’re on the look-out for volunteers to help establish a ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project in their local community. We also want to continue to connect with more groups and organisations who share our objectives of seeking to improve access and inclusion.
What's your biggest challenge? To get hearing-related issues onto the agenda as a mainstream matter. There is a need to think beyond ‘hearing’ being purely about disability because environments that are created with good hearing, listening and communication in mind are beneficial to everyone.  We also have an ageing population so now more than ever we need to create hearing environments that are right for all. 
What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? To read ‘The Social Entrepreneur’ by Andrew Mawson. It highlights the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and of focusing on the potential for success rather than the potential for failure. 

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Sally Shaw and Ideas for Ears - a social enterprise that helps people and organisations to overcome the impact that hearing ability can have on enjoyment, participation and opportunity. Get in touch with Sally at sally.shaw@ideasforears.org.uk and check out ideasforears.org.uk. Connect with them on and Twitter too.

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Ideas for Ears will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk


What’s your social and/or environmental mission? For Scotland and the UK to become more hearing-friendly so that hearing ability does not limit enjoyment, participation and opportunity.

How do you do it? We run a hearing-themed rate & review site (www.ideasforears/rate-and-review) where people can share feedback about their experiences of being able to hear and communicate in cafes, restaurants, shops and other public places. We also provide practical support to businesses so they can create more hearing-friendly customer and staff environments. Finally, we help innovators to test, trial and promote new products and services for people with hearing loss.

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? People continue to be defined and limited by their hearing ability in a way that should not and need not occur these days. I have hearing loss myself and know the challenges and difficulties that can arise. I felt that things could be different and better and decided to help make it so.  

What are your current projects? There’s a lot going on. Our project ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ is running in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area to bring local people and service providers together to identify issues and how they can be fixed. We are also working with one of the UK’s top 20 digital innovators on trials of their ground-breaking new telephone technology.

What exciting things do you have coming up? We have a second ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project soon to get underway in the Dunbartonshire area. We are also bringing together key players and funding to carry out demonstration projects to measure the costs and benefits involved in transforming different spaces from being hostile to friendly for hearing.

Who do you want to work with more? We’re on the look-out for volunteers to help establish a ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project in their local community. We also want to continue to connect with more groups and organisations who share our objectives of seeking to improve access and inclusion.

What's your biggest challenge? To get hearing-related issues onto the agenda as a mainstream matter. There is a need to think beyond ‘hearing’ being purely about disability because environments that are created with good hearing, listening and communication in mind are beneficial to everyone.  We also have an ageing population so now more than ever we need to create hearing environments that are right for all.

What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? To read ‘The Social Entrepreneur’ by Andrew Mawson. It highlights the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and of focusing on the potential for success rather than the potential for failure. 

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