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New Partnerships!!

The Deafness Resource Centre in partnership with Vision Support, have been awarded a three year contract to provide sensory services in the Halton Borough. The contract with Halton Borough Council will commence on 1st July 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for the two partners, supported by Halton Council, to develop a fully integrated sensory service geared to meeting the diverse needs of people with sensory loss. Staff from Vision Support and the Deafness Resource Centre will be joined by Rehabilitation Officers currently working within the council, to form one sensory team who will be co-located in accessible premises within the Borough. Work is currently taking place to secure suitable premises, hopefully we will be able to share the good news soon.

The integrated service will be known as Halton Sensory Services and will provide the following:

  • Streamlined access to support, information and advice on all aspects of sensory loss in one place, one contact number, mail and website
  • Specialist 1:1 support and assessment of need
  • Drop in facilities
  • Specialist training – Sensory Awareness, British Sign Language, IT, Braille
  • Outreach Mobile Unit to reach more isolated residents

We will post new developments as they happen, in the meantime any comments, ideas or suggestions are welcome.

Contact Helen Fitzgerald on 01744 23887 or email: Helen.fitzgerald@deafnessresourcecentre.org

 

Deaf Awareness Week 2018

Deaf Awareness Week ran from Monday 14th May to Sunday 20th May 2018, this is a national campaign set up by the UK Council on Deafness to raise the profile of deaf issues, sign language and increase awareness within the wider community. The Deafness Resource Centre hosted a range of sessions and drop-ins during the week to raise awareness.

During the week we sold raffle tickets and held various competitions, winning numbers for the raffle will be posted on our social media sites and winners will be contacted. The proceeds from raffle tickets and donations during the events will go towards the continuing development and expansion of our services across St Helens and Halton.

We have been incredibly lucky to receive prizes from generous organisations both in Merseyside and the wider area.

We would like to say a massive thank you to our sponsors and thank you to everyone who got involved in our events.

 

With special thanks to…

 

Blue Planet Aquarium

https://www.blueplanetaquarium.com/

Go Ape

https://goape.co.uk/

Manx Deaf Society

https://www.facebook.com/manxdeafsociety/

Experience Days

https://www.experiencedays.co.uk/

Excitim Sensory Toys

https://www.special-needs-toys.co.uk/

Norton Priory

http://nortonpriory.org/

NGF Europe

http://www.ngfeurope.com/

Knowsley Safari Park

https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/

Gulliver’s World

https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/gullivers-world-warrington

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

St Helens Rotary Club

https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=320

Morrison’s Widnes

https://groceries.morrisons.com/webshop/startWebshop.do

Michael Humphreys

BSL Pride- Sign Language Week 12-18 March 2018

Next week is Sign Language Week!!! We are joining the British Deaf Association’s social media campaign #prideinbsl. We are asking people who know/use BSL to film a short clip (up to 2 minutes) explaining why they sign or why they are proud to know BSL.
If you are interested in joining the campaign please film your video and send it via email to alison.wallace@deafnessresourcecentre.org or tag us using the hashatag 

For more information about the BDA’s campaign please follow this link:

Let’s celebrate Sign Language Week 2018

 

Deafness Resource Centre now working in Knowsley

Through a partnership with Bradbury Fields (Vision Services in Liverpool) the Deafness Resource Centre has been commissioned to provide advice and support services to the Occupational Therapist team based at Knowsley Centre for Independent Living. The initiative will ensure that OT’s are fully aware of the most recent developments in environmental aids for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and are equipped to offer them a range of equipment to meet their individual needs. Through the initiative it is hoped we can work together to raise awareness across Knowsley of the support available to D/deaf people and how to access it.

Are you having difficulty hearing the door?

Do you have the television very loud?

Are conversations difficult to follow?

If you live in the Knowsley area and you are experiencing these or any other problems as a result of your deafness, contact the number below.

They will ask you a few questions about the difficulties you are having then arrange for an Occupational Therapist to visit you to do a full assessment and make recommendations on the type of equipment that would meet your needs.

There is no cost the equipment is provided and (where needed) fitted for free.

 Knowsley Access Team (KAT) on 0151 443 2600

 

Youth Group Residential

Our Youth group, Deaf Active St Helens enjoyed their 3rd successful residential trip to Dinarth Hall in Wales at the end of August. The Youth Group is fully accessible and inclusive and runs every Thursday between 4pm-7pm at Deafness Resource Centre.

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