The St Helena Safeguarding Children’s Board is pleased to announce that with immediate effect children under the age of 16 years on St Helena will receive their spectacles and hearing aid prescriptions for free.

This results from concerns raised by the Making Ends Meet Charity and the Disabled Persons’ Aid Society, and will be for an initial period of two years.

The provision of free spectacles and hearing aids for under 16s is being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), and all payments made for spectacles and hearing aids, purchased for under 16 year olds, will be backdated to 1 January 2015.

Assistant Chief Secretary, Paul McGinnety, said:

This issue was raised with the Safeguarding Children’s  Board and all members agreed that funding should be used to pay for under 16s’ spectacles and hearing aids. The Board is committed to the welfare of all children and young people on the Island and thanks to DFID’s support we can allocate two years funding to cover these costs in the first instance.”


2 June 2015


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