Bus boost for hearing services

John Leonard, director of East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Michael Fish, and deputy mayor councillor Margaret Salsbury.
John Leonard, director of East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Michael Fish, and deputy mayor councillor Margaret Salsbury.

CLIVE (Community Learning and Information Vehicle) was officially launched by TV weather man, and Eastbourne resident, Michael Fish.

The new vehicle will now begin a busy itinerary of visits around East Sussex.

CLIVE is a clone of the former East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre vehicle, only with modern technology added.

The single deck bus has been converted to a showroom/classroom for services to deaf people, is fully accessible and very environmentally friendly - solar panels to charge the batteries, gas operated generator and a newly designed Mercedes engine all reducing pollution.

The services offered from CLIVE, include hearing assessments, lip reading and sign language classes, the demonstration of assistive equipment and, most importantly, advice and support on all aspects of deafness.

It will visit 40 locations in East Sussex this year, at a different town or village each week, taking services and big town support to the rural communities.