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 :

Cicada Club (NW England)

Contact: Kevin Williams.
Hon Chairman, 107 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2BX
Chairman: John Newton –

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


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:  

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
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CI Southern Counties

This is a social group for people in the UK and Ireland, particularly from the Southampton AIS centre area (Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Sussex)
who have a Cochlear Implant or who are in the process of finding out about Cochlear Implants.
This is NOT a brand specific site, we welcome any and all brands of Implants.
All users, candidates, parents, partners and family are welcome here.
We hold regular socials and events for members to meet in hope that friendships are formed; experiences shared and support given. Welcome!

Contact: Sandra Watson, Caroline Jefferson and Sarah Taylor

Email –
Facebook Group –
Website –

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

Hampshire & IOW Local Group

Affiliated to the National Association of Deafened People.
The group at present meets in Eastleigh area but members come from Southampton and further afield.
Please email Clare on for more details.

Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group (HCCIG)

This former group and independent charity has now formally disbanded but continues to meet and organise trips as a social group only.
Meetings take place at Central London venues.
It continues to welcome everyone, family and friends who are hearing impaired or have a cochlear implant.

Liverpool Cochlear Implant Social Group

We are a friendly group with a mix of CI users, candidates, plus family and friends.

If you are thinking about a getting cochlear implant or wanting to chat, come along and meet us.

We are open to suggestions where you would prefer to meet (somewhere accessible).

Find out more at

Manchester Cochlear Implant Social Group

We are a friendly group with a mix of CI users, candidates, plus family and friends.

If you are thinking about a getting cochlear implant or wanting to chat, come along and meet us.

We usually meet at ‘Dukes 92’ a short hop from Deansgate Station.

Find out more at

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 hold meetings  twice every month; one is held on the First Monday of the month at the ‘Quaker Meeting House’ just a short walk from the ancient Cathedral of Sheffield.
The other meeting is held on the last Saturday of every month in the market town of Worksop at the ‘Crossing Church and Centre’..
For more details email : or

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

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 or Marilyn Jones by mobile TEXT ONLY  or 07415423121

Northwest Local Group

We are a regional group affiliated to the National Association of Deafened People.
The focus is on people with an acquired hearing loss, whether due to illness or to age. Hearing partners or friends are also welcome.
Our members come from all over the north-west including Chester, Wirral, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston and North Wales.
We have no HQ, but meet up most months at a variety of venues.
Events,organised by members themselves, vary: canal-boat cruises and captioned theatre have featured recently.
Please contact our secretary, Mary Allison  Email:

Norfolk CI Users Group

Contact S Hurley
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Oxford Cochlear Implant Support Group (OCIS)

Contact: Michele Motteux
6 Desborough Close
Manor Park
Berkshire  RG14 2RN

Sheffield Cochlear Implant Users Group (SCIUG)

Sheffield Cochlear Implant Users Group under the umbrella of Sheffield
Central Deaf Club, Victoria Hall, 2nd Floor, 41, Chapel Walk, Sheffield S1
Open 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
Enjoy a cup of tea/Coffee, 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: 

SMS 07802 779414

South Wales Cochlear Implant Users Support Group (SWCISG)

Contact: Nigel Williams, SWCISG, 3 Banwell Place, Llanrumney, Cardiff, CF3 5SH Email:

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:   Phone: 0207 188 6245

Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (YAIS)

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

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