CACISS ( Cambridge Cochlear Implant Social Support)

We are a group of CI Users and those working towards CI implantation.
We meet over coffee to discuss all things CI and much more besides.
All brands of CI users and candidates are welcome and a friend.

Please note our emphasis is on social topics and we are not a replacement for health professionals.

Contact: Email : colin@stansted-training.co.uk

Cicada Club (NW England)

Contact: Kevin Williams.
Email: secretary@manchestercicada.org.uk
Hon Chairman, 107 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2BX
Chairman: John Newton – chairman@manchestercicada.org.uk
Website: www.manchestercicada.org.uk

CICS (Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group)

The CICS Group was founded by parents whose children have cochlear implants to share first-hand experience of the issues that surround life with an implanted child
and to provide a vital part of the pre and post implantation process – support for parents by parents.

CICS , PO Box 28843, London SW13 0WY

South Region Tel: 020 8876 8605 (Tricia Kemp)

Midlands Region Tel: 07830 345023

Northern Region Tel: 0161 798 4689

Scottish Region Tel: 0131 466 6114

Email: info@cicsgroup.org.uk
Website: www.cicsgroup.org.uk

CI High Five (UK) Support Group

We are building on the success of CI socials that have already taken place in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire
and now are extending to Northamptonshire and London.

We have planned CI socials in the following locations for next year with a view to two CI socials at each location below per year giving people the opportunity of attending any of the events.

Oxford, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Northampton, High//West Wycombe, Reading, St. Albans, Luton and London.

The group provides opportunities for:

  • Online chat – With other like-minded individuals who are either CI candidates or users.  It is a closed Facebook group and there are a lot of experienced members and support online to tap into.
  • Get-togethers – People can attend and meet others face to face at different locations and venues across the patch

For more information: Contact by Email:  CIHighFive@gmail.com  

CI South West

CI South West is a social group made up of Cochlear Implant (CI) users and candidates in the South West of England, including those who received their CI at Southmead/St Michaels/BRI Hospitals in Bristol, UK.The main purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for CI users and candidates in the South West to meet each other, ask questions and share experiences. Partners and friends are welcome too.

We regularly host CI social events in Bristol, Bath, Weston, Exeter, Taunton and other locations in the South West.
A secondary purpose of this group is to share information and experiences about Southmead/BRI surgical and audiology units. 
For more information or to be notified of future social events Contact: Dave Roberts and Katherine Cooley (organisers) at cisouthwest@yahoo.co.uk
Visit our blog: https://cisouthwest.blogspot.co.uk/       Join our friendly Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cisouthwest/

CI Southern Counties

We are a friendly Social Group of Cochlear Implant candidates, users and parents in the south of England, covering the region served by USAIS (University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service).

We meet on a regular basis in Southampton, Portsmouth and the surrounding counties of Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, usually on a Saturday afternoon.
Friends and partners are always most welcome. We also have a closed Facebook Group where members can chat about all things CI, and anything else that comes to mind!

The Social Group provides an opportunity to talk about experiences, concerns and share helpful information. Our members comment how reassuring and enlightening it is to be able to talk to others who have also travelled the amazing ‘CI Journey’. We welcome everybody, regardless of the type of hearing loss or brand of CI.

Contact: Sandra Watson, Caroline Jefferson and Sarah Taylor

Email – cisoutherncountiesuk@gmail.com
Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/cisoutherncounties
Website – www.cisoutherncounties.wordpress.com

Cornwall Cochlear Implant Group

Contact: Jane Ninnis
Hearing Therapist
Hearing Therapy Department, Hearing Resource Centre
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3LJ
Tel: 01872 253744  Fax: 01872 240892
Minicom: 01872 240892
Email: jane.ninnis@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk

Gloucestershire Deafened and Cochlear Implant Support Group (GDCISG)

The GDCISG offers support, information and friendship to all deafened adults, Cochlear Implant Users and prospective implantees, who live in, or around, Gloucestershire.  We hold a social meeting every month and have a quarterly newsletter.

For more information please contact –
GDCIS, 9 Gallops Lane, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,
GL52 5SD
Email: Cathy Hopkins cathnkiln@izat.myzen.co.uk

Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group (HCCIG)

An informal group for CI users, their families and people awaiting implants.
The group is based in North London but members range from as far south as West Sussex to right up into North Hertfordshire and Essex.
Our aims are to exchange information about how we cope with our implants and the effect they have on our lives.
To create a social environment where we can be with other people with similar issues.
Give people awaiting an implant, or considering cochlear implantation, an idea of what it is like to have one and answer their questions.
Some of us are profoundly deaf from birth or childhood and use British Sign Language (BSL).
Others have become deaf in later life and lip read, and some are just hearing friends, family or people with CI or waiting CI.
We want to give independent peer support for those awaiting or considering a CI.
We also try to alleviate the isolation and social exclusion of deaf people with CI and their families and friends
HCCIG have a newsletter, ‘Magnetise’, and a lively social programme.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs Jenny Burdge,17a Maxim Road,Winchmore Hill,London N21 1EY
Tel/Fax/Minicom: 020 8360 0514
Email: hccigs@gmail.com
Website: www.hccig.org.uk

Charity Registration No. 1099 169

Manchester Ci Social Meet up

We are a small growing group with mixer of Ci users, candidates, hearing aids as well family and friends.
If you are thinking about getting cochlear implant or wanting to chat, come along and meet us.
We will be at the Abode Lounge, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB
It is literally 3 mins walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station, just head toward the city centre and its on the right.
For more information/ confirm your place please contact Manda at Amandaglasspell@gmail.com

Northern CI Social Group

We are an informal and friendly social group whre you can come along and meet other CI users and prospective candidates in a relaxed atmoshere.
Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with biscuits and have a chat with other CI users.
Family and friends are most welcome and we look forward to meeting you.

We have monthly meetings in Rotherham, Sheffield and Worksop.
For more details email : Suechris@outlook.com or michaelclay52@hotmail.co.uk

North Wales Groups

Conwy CI User Group
We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month between 10.30and 12.30
in Function room, Kinmel Park Golf Ltd, Abergele Road, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, LL18 5SR
Please contact:Rosemary Claydon, Mobile: 07717253480 (text only) for further details

Liverpool CI User Group
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 1 – 3 pm at the Clinical Science Centre, University Hospital, Aintree.
For meeting room details in the venue please contact:
 Audiology Department, Elective Care Centre, University Hospital, Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL.
Tel: 01745 448740 x 6061 email cochlear.omplant-enquiries@wales.nhs.uk

Wrexham CI User Group
We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 10.30am – 12.00pm at
the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Yorke Street, Wrexham, LL13 8LP.
Please contact: Joanne Austin at jo2coch@hotmail.co.uk or Marilyn Jones by mobile TEXT ONLY  or 07415423121

Oxford Cochlear Implant Support Group (OCIS)

Contact: Michele Motteux
6 Desborough Close
Manor Park
Newbury
Berkshire  RG14 2RN
Email: michelemotteux@hotmail.co.uk

Norfolk CI Users Group

Contact S Hurley
Read more: http://www.norfolkci.boards.net

Northern Cochlear implant Social Group

Contact Email Address Suechris@outlook.com     michaelclay52@hotmail.co.uk

Sheffield Cochlear Implant Users Group (SCIUG)

We are a newly formed Sheffield Cochlear Implant Users Group under the umbrella of Sheffield Central Deaf Club, Victoria Hall, 2nd Floor, 41, Chapel Walk, Sheffield S1 2JB.
Open the 1st Saturday each month, from 11am till 2pm, and Every Friday from 11am till 1pm for formal chats.
We are a friendly Social and Support group for you to come along and meet other Cochlear Implant Users and prospective candidates in a relaxed atmosphere
Enjoy a cup of tea/Coffee, Biscuits, Cakes (free of charge) and chat to other CI Users about the experience.
We own the cafe in Sheffield Central Deaf Club, hot and cold snacks avalable, cheapest in Town (Food Hygiene certificate 5 stars)
Easy access by Bus, Tram, very close to the Club and 5 mins walk from Midland Train Station.

Contact: E-mail  secretarysciug@gmail.com  SMS 07802 779414


South Wales Cochlear Implant Users Support Group (SWCISG)

Contact: Nigel Williams, SWCISG, 3 Banwell Place, Llanrumney, Cardiff, CF3 5SH Email: nigel.williams800@ntlworld.com

The St Thomas’ Hearing Implant Centre
Regularly run group sessions throughout the year for all adult cochlear implant users.  These groups aim to offer adult cochlear implant users, their family members and friends the chance to meet up and chat over coffee.  They are run by experienced professionals who will offer up-to-date information on a range of topics.  These interactive groups will also involve group discussions, hands on experience, problem solving and practise.

Venue: St Thomas’ Hospital, Therapies Room, 3rd Floor Lambeth Wing

These groups are also an ideal opportunity to use your listening skills in a social situation.

Contact Caroline Bartrop by Email: caroline.bartrop@gstt.nhs.uk    Phone: 0207 188 6245

Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service

Contact: Lynne Tapper
Speech and Language Therapist
The Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service
The Listening for Life Centre
Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford BD9 6RJ
Tel: 01274 364853  Fax: 01274 382053
Email: lynne.tapper@bthft.nhs.uk
Website: www.yais.org.uk

Regular coffee mornings held for adult cochlear implant users and their friends and family in Bradford, Barnsley, Hull and Ilkley. Meetings are held 3-4 times a year in each location.
An audiological technician attends the Hull, Bradford and Barnsley groups and is available to check processors and issue spare and repairs as well as changing mic covers for people who need assistance with this.
We also run remember to listen conversation groups three times a year in Bradford for older adults who would like to have more conversational practice with other CI users.
We run improving communication groups, music groups and intro to using the telephone groups too but these are by invitation only.

The Cochlears
We meet in the George Hotel Easingwold North Yorkshire, YO61 3AD.
Please contact Eunice Birch for further details at eunice.birch@btinternet.com