Deaf Community Services

There are many different Deaf Community Services available to the deaf and hard of hearing in the UK, some are government run, and others are run by voluntary services. With almost 9 million deaf and hard of hearing citizens living in the UK today, they require an additional amount of support when it comes to normal everyday services. Whether its help with learning BSL ( British Sign Language ) or lip reading skills, or just general help with accessing other services available to them, like fully hearing people, they suffer with all the same day to day issues but sometimes it can be more difficult for them to gain access to these offered services.

General Statistics

  • 1 in 7 Adults in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Between 1 and 2 people from a thousand of the population are born as deaf or diagnosed deaf in their early childhood from developed nations
  • UK BSL users totals around 50,000 – 80,000
  • The population of deaf and blind is about 23,000 in the UK

Deaf Community Services

Deaf people will always need the same variety of social care services as the rest of the general population. Perhaps they have physical illness, mental health problems or long term disabilities. Its accessing these services that can sometimes prove difficult. Deaf community services can help with these issues, speak to your health worker about any advice you need.

The hearing difficulties when trying to access these services are eased however by provisions of equipment such as listening devices, text telephones, and alerting systems. The provision of these is the sole responsibility of the social services, which applies equally to adults, young people and children.

Deaf people will have often had a much poorer educational experience and as such have a more limited literacy skill, many will require help and assistance with daily tasks such as dealing with forms and letters. Normally this is done by specialist social workers or trained volunteers. Access to information is a vitally important part of a deaf friendly service, interpreters in some cases will be required to accompany the deaf person, enabling them to make all of the same choices as all fully hearing service users.

For all advice on deaf community services in your local area, speak to your doctor, health worker or local council about what services they can offer you. Or perhaps speak to citizen’s advice and they can point you in the right direction towards perhaps some voluntary services out there that can help you. Another alternative is to take a look online; there are many different avenues for you to find what you are looking for.

The deaf community and deaf culture is a very closely knit group, speak to a friend or colleague about what services are around for you to make things that little bit easier in your life. Because there are deaf community services suited just for your needs, it’s just knowing where to look.