My North East Sensory Services Speech

My North East Sensory Services Speech. Hey everyone, I hope you are all well. In today’s post, I am sharing a very special event that I went to in November 2019. North East Sensory Services celebrated their 100th Birthday and I was honoured to share my experience I have had from the Charity.

When I was invited to the event, I was very excited because I already knew what I was going to share. It was a fun event. I was nervous when I got unto the stage because I hated presentations. However, I manage to stand on stage and presented my speech to the crowd. In the end, everyone loved it. They were congratulating me for my success and strength.

My North East Sensory Services Speech


Good evening, my name is Sonia Seivwright. I am here to share the support I have received from North East Sensory Services. I have a hearing loss and over the last 4 years, I have been highly supported by Ness.

The reason I first visited NESS was that I wanted help to get a bus-pass. They continued to support me by providing me with equipment such as my doorbell. Social Work helped me with filling out an application form for housing applications which meant that I got a better flat.

I have worked closely with my employment officer, who has listened and advised me on coming up with a plan. With her help, I successfully applied for college. She made sure that I had the support that I needed during my time there. We then filled applications for childcare funding for my daughter to get a nursery space and be cared for.


I was in college for 2 years studying for a National Certificate in Business Administration. During my time at college, I managed to get a part-time job in Sainsbury’s. I had to juggle life as a single mum, working part-time, and a full-time student all by myself.

NESS kept in touch constantly and I was supported through any issues that I may have had. When I was asked to go on work placements to gain experience, Ness supported me in finding placements with Instant Neighbour and the Jobcentre. I successfully passed my 2 years at college, and I felt it was time to get into employment.


My Employment Officer and I worked tirelessly filling out job application forms that related to my course and made use of the skills I had developed. We applied for jobs including an internship with Food Standards Scotland and a customer service apprenticeship with the Council. I had several interviews and I was provided with information that I needed to prepare for the interviews.

I am now pleased to announce that I am now working part-time as a receptionist for a solicitors and estate agents firm. Due to my hearing loss, I had to get a piece of equipment, a Roger Pen system which is tuned to my hearing aids and enables me to hear on the telephone.


What I appreciate most about Ness is they are understanding. They will work with you to make sure you achieve everything you want. As well as making sure you get all the right support you need. The fact I have Ness by my side, I am confident and I feel proud about everything I have achieved.

I am able to walk tall with my head up high.

Thank you for listening.

The End

How did I do guys?

What areas do you think I need to work on for future references?

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  • Kelly Martin

    It’s great that you’ve received such good support from NESS. You’re such an inspiration to overcome so many hurdles and get to where you are today.

  • Lindsay Brown

    Wow! This is a fantastic speech – you rocked it! I love how open you are in it, explaining what Ness has done for you and how these things have bettered your life.

    What a perfect tribute to a wonderful organization!!

  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia

    I think you did a wonderful job! You touched on how you personally benefited from NESS – it’s great to have a resource like this to aid those in need of assistance or guidance! You’ve been able to successfully leap over the difficulties you had in front of you and I’m sure it felt amazing to express your appreciation for what they’ve helped you achieve.

  • Scott DeNicola

    I think you did a great job. What a wonderful organization NESS is and the services they provide. IT is great to see yet another obstacle you have overcome in life. You are very inspiring to say the least.

  • Alexandra

    I can’t really comment on what areas you need to work on for future references because it looks like you have done amazingly well! And you have a child! I wish we had services like that here and maybe we do but I’m not sure where to even start. I have bee reading your blog for some time now and it seems like you are pretty proud of how far you have come and I can see why. You have overcome insurmountable odds and I think that’s amazing!

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