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deafPLUS Minibus and Outreach Launch

deafPLUS Somerset warmly welcome you to the launch of the new Information & Advice Minibus and Outreach Advice Service.
Come and help us celebrate the launch of our new mobile hearing loss advisory service for Somerset!

Tuesday 12th July at 1pm – 4pm

Drinks and nibbles reception

1.30pm Short Speeches

  • Gary Williams, deafPLUS CEO
  • Kate Harris, deafPLUS Someset Manager
  • A few words from a Service User
  • A representative from Somerset County Council

On: Tuesday 12th July Time: 1pm-4pm

New Road, Norton Sub Hamdon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset, TA14 6SF

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New Pan-London ‘Living with Hearing Loss’ project launched


New London-wide project to support people living with hearing loss.

deafPLUS, a national charity currently celebrating its 45th year, announces the launch of a London wide programme of support for older people who are living with hearing loss.

deafPLUS has received funding from City Bridge Trust to set up a new Pan London project called ‘Living with Hearing Loss’ (LWHL).  It has appointed Faye Routledge as the LWHL Project Manager & Trainer. Zoe Fudge has also been appointed as the LWHL Project Marketing & PR to launch this exciting project.

The project has been designed to support older people to manage the difficulties they experience because of age-related hearing loss. This will see deafPLUS deliver a series of free courses across London for people over 50 who have hearing loss. The courses will provide access to appropriate information, training in lip reading skills and delivery of other related support in an empathic learning environment.

Gary Williams, deafPLUS Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting project. With the right advice, equipment, and investment in their communication skills, older people with hearing loss will regain their confidence and can continue to lead fulfilled and independent lives.”

Each 7-week course will provide lip reading practice, support on other aspects of living with a hearing loss such as tinnitus, the use of specialised equipment etc. There will then be a further 5 weeks spent on setting up a self run support group to ensure the course participants can continue to meet up, socialise and support each other.

If readers would like more information or feel their area would benefit from our free training course then please contact LWHL Project Manager Faye Routledge on



Leading Deaf Charities to Join Forces

1st January 2016 will bring about change in the Deaf voluntary sector, as two long-established charities formally come together as one.  On that day, Deaf Access, the 21 year old charity which provides services to the deaf and hard of hearing communities of Bromley, London, will be formally transferring its staff, assets and contracts to deafPLUS, the national charity which will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016.

The wider charity will continue to be known as deafPLUS, but its services in Bromley will continue to operate under the Deaf Access name for the next two years.

Gary Williams. Chief Executive of deafPLUS, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Deaf Access into the deafPLUS family.  Deaf Access provides a very similar range of services to our own, and so it makes good business sense for us to join forces in this way.  Together, we will be stronger.”

David Connolly, Company Secretary of Deaf Access, added:

“Deaf Access is a small charity and for economy of scale and to access the necessary expertise to take us forward, the board felt that the best way to maintain Deaf Access as a viable, strong service provider was to seek a merger. We therefore approached DeafPLUS and are pleased that the merger is now taking place.”

David Connolly is a founder of Deaf Access and will be joining the deafPLUS Board with immediate effect.

With Deaf Access added to the picture, deafPLUS will now deliver dedicated services across five London boroughs as well as Somerset, Bath, Hampshire, and Birmingham.  The charity also runs a national money advice BSL video helpline and, from 4th January, a Southern Counties Employment BSL video helpline.  BSL help-lines are accessed via . The charity also runs a pan-London project to support deaf people who are in work.

Money advice for deaf people goes digital

On Tuesday 19th May 2015, UK charity deafPLUS launches a new national video helpline service for deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users and available through

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deafPLUS and the 2015 General Election

On 24th March, deafPLUS published a list of measures that would transform the lives of isolated deaf and hard of hearing people. Please download the deafPLUS Manifesto from here: You can print it out and show it to candidates in your area who are asking for your vote. Please ask them to support these measures […]