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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Deafness/Hard-of-Hearing

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include: campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; Typetalk Call Relay Service (in conjunction with BT); medical and technical research.

Address:

  • 19-23 Featherstone Street
  • London
  • EC1Y 8SL

Provides support for those affected by Alstrom Syndrome, their carers and professionals working with them. Offers help with gaining access to medical assessments, provides quarterly medical screening clinics, raise funds for research, help and advice with educational, social and benefit problems, support to families from families who live with the syndrome. They publish a quarterly newsletter, provide an annual family conference.

Address:

  • 31 Shearwater Drive
  • Torquay
  • TQ2 7TL

Provides advice and information on a range of subjects such as welfare benefits, education and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Address:

  • 3rd Floor
  • 356 Holloway Road
  • London
  • N7 6PA

National organisation run by disabled people. Some people do not respect the rights of disabled people. Deaf and blind people with learning disabilities are often forgotten about. Fights for the rights of learning disabled people, especially people with learning disabilities who are deaf or blind.

Address:

  • 4th Floor, Calls Landing
  • 36-38 The Calls
  • Leeds
  • LS2 7EW

Promotes Cued Speech, the communication tool for hearing-impaired people based on sounds of speech. Runs courses for individuals, teachers and other interested parties. Assists hearing people who have speech and language difficulties. Liases with international organisations concerned with Cued Speech.

Address:

  • 9 Jawbone Hill
  • Dartmouth
  • TQ6 9RW

Self-help information and advice service run by deaf people to assist deaf people or their families. Offers personal support, face-to-face information and advice as well as telephone advice, and runs email and web based services. Breakthrough operates equipment centres and runs training programmes for self development and development of work skills.

Address:

  • First Floor, Trinity Centre
  • Key Close
  • London
  • E1 4HG

Provides training, support and education to deaf people. This includes assisting with life skills development, literacy and numeracy educational assistance, and training for Teachers of the Deaf in the use of ICT in teaching programmes.

Address:

  • Clare Charity Centre
  • Wycombe Road
  • Saunderton
  • HP14 4BF

Website that aims to bring deaf and hearing worlds closer together. Site includes BSL sample section, myth buster, and resource for schools. Also on - line shopping site for the Let's Sign Series of BSL Educational materials for all ages and abilities. Publisher of BSL Books ditionaries, posters, flashcards, reward stickers and low-cost and free downloads to try.

Address:

  • 8-9 Vanguard Court
  • Preston Farm
  • Stockton
  • TS18 3TR

Provide trained dogs to assist profoundly deaf people by alerting them to specific sounds, for example doorbell, telephones, smoke alarms using a paw to "touch" before either leading to the sound or lying down to indicate danger. The dogs also provide companionship, restore confidence and feelings of security.

Address:

  • The Grange
  • Wycombe Road
  • Sunderton, Princess Risborough
  • HP27 9NS

LINK's Helpdesk is a vital first-point of contact for anyone who needs advice, information or support when dealing with acquired hearing loss. They are a volunteer-led organisation whose main objectives are to provide advice, information and support, to promote communication acces and to raise public and professional awareness of the issues associated with hearing loss.

Address:

  • 27-28 The Waterfront
  • Eastbourne
  • BN23 5UZ

Charity which offers specialist help and advice to Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people of all ages and denominations. Service include: HEAR TO HELP in-house hearing aid maintenance service; deaf awareness training; vibrant programme of social, educational and cultural activities; professional guidance on coping with a hearing loss and improving communication; Tinnitus management. Technology & Information resource room has a wide range of specialist equipment on display which people can try for themselves whilst receiving independent professional advice and help in obtaining items needed.

Address:

  • Julius Newman House
  • Woodside Park Road
  • North Finchley
  • N12 8RP

Aims to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to explore the world of music and develop their own musical skills. Organises classes, workshops, lectures and recitals, gives advice and provides information.

Address:

  • The 1855 Building
  • Discovery Road
  • Halifax
  • HX1 2NE

Aims to give the best possible start to support all deaf children, young deaf people and their families in overcoming the challenges of childhood deafness. Activities include providing the best possible start, knowledge, support and opportunities to empower all deaf children to enjoy a happy, fulfilled and rewarding life. Publishes information on all aspects of childhood deafness.

Address:

  • Ground Floor South, Castle House
  • 37-45 Paul Street
  • London
  • EC2A 4LS

Promotes the welfare and interests of deaf people by providing the following services: interpreting, advocacy, employment advice, legal services, social care, deaf community development, activities & support groups for children, youth & families.

Address:

  • Century House South
  • Riverside Office Centre
  • Colchester
  • CO1 1RE

Booking service for interpreters. Provides advice and information about Sign Language Interpretation and communication equipment.

Address:

  • BSL Beam
  • 23 Brightling Road
  • London
  • SE4 1SQ

Signature promotes excellence in communication with deaf and deafblind people. We encourage greater understanding of deaf and deafblind people and how they communicate; offer accredited qualifications in relevant subjects like British Sign Language, which you can study at more than 700 locations across the UK; and administer the National Registers for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.

Address:

  • Mersey House
  • Mandale Business Park
  • Durham
  • DH1 1TN

Provide captions for people with a hearing loss who wish to enjoy theatre performance. Offer scripted captioning for theatre productions in the same way that sub-titles are made available for many television programmes. Offer real-time captioning using the same equipment meetings and workshops.

Address:

  • First Floor
  • 54 Commercial Street
  • London
  • E1 6LT

Umbrella organisation for charities and professional bodies concerned with deafness. The council supports and celebrates the diversity of deaf people including deaf, deafened, deaf blind and hard of hearing people.

Address:

  • Westwood Park
  • London Road
  • Colchester
  • CO6 4BS

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