Finance Admin Officer – Vacancy (7 hours per week)

deafPLUS is looking for an enthusiastic, well organised and methodical individual with good clerical experience who can check and organise financial information for passing on to our outsourced finance operation, respond to enquiries by email, and carry out data entry.

Interested?  Please see the attached details.  If you think you are the ideal candidate, send your to CV by the 8th May.

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deafPLUS Manifesto 2017

Extract from The Limping Chicken:

The charity deafPLUS has launched a manifesto of policies which would benefit Deaf and hard of hearing people in the upcoming general election.

The manifesto can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

The charity did the same for the general election in 2015 and has now quickly updated the policies, drawing upon its experience of working with thousands of d/Deaf people across the country each year, in the hope that the policies may influence the major political parties and that people will ask local candidates to adopt them.

The suggested policies in the manifesto include:

  • BSL Bill – to “provide formal recognition of British Sign Language throughout England and Wales”
  • Accessible High Street services – companies to publish what reasonable adjustments they put in place for deaf customers
  • Improved access to mental health services for D/deaf people
  • Better access to NHS  information
  • A stop to rationing of hearing aids
  • Better communication support for D/deaf people who live in care homes
  • Broadcasting legislation to be updated to reflect advances in technology and the advent of on-demand services
  • Improvements to Access to Work provision

Gary Williams, CEO of deafPLUS said:

 “Like most people, we were surprised when Theresa May called the snap election. There is an brief opportunity for the d/Deaf community to influence the political parties as they put their detailed policy platforms together.  That is why deafPLUS has worked quickly to put a deafPLUS Manifesto together. It draws upon our experience of working with thousands of d/Deaf people across the country each year.

The manifesto has been sent to each of the major parties.  I have asked that they consider including in their own election policy documents.  It is my hope that Limping Chicken Readers might also use the deafPLUS manifesto to challenge their local candidates on issues of concern to them.  In this way, together, we might be able to put Deaf issues on the political agenda, and bring about positive change for Deaf people and people living with hearing loss.”

Download the manifesto as a PDF by clicking here.

The Limping Chicken is the UK’s deaf blogs and news website, and is the world’s most popular deaf blog. It is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.

deafPLUS Manifesto 2017

Vacancy – Independent Living Coordinator

Independent Living Coordinator

Direct Payments Support Service

Whitechapel or Bromley office based

Part-time 20 hours – £19,761.21 pro rata (£10.27/hour)

deafPLUS is a registered medium-sized charity and company limited by guarantee working to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life. We provide a range of services from Advocacy to Employment, equipment to information and advice across 7 centres around the UK.

A very exciting opportunity has arisen for the recruitment of an Independent Living Coordinator who will be focusing on the delivery of deafPLUS’ Direct Payments Support Service. This is a scheme which enables people to receive money from the Council to pay for the care and support that they have been assessed as needing and really puts individuals in control of decisions about the best way they can be supported.

The Independent Living Coordinator will be responsible for the account management, delivering support, information, advice and assistance to enable people with a sensory disability to access and manage Direct Payments easily and effectively. The post-holder will work as part of a team to promote, extend and develop the scheme to enable more people to have personal budgets and self-direct their support.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the health and social care sector, particularly in relation to individualised budgets. Good communication and presentation skills as well as high levels of literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential. Knowledge of the Direct Payments scheme will be an advantage, although full training will be provided.

The benefits of working for us include 25 days annual leave, 8 Bank holidays (pro rata) and Festive closures and opportunities for training and professional development towards becoming a Registered Manager. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

We welcome applications from people who have personal experience of disability issues as well as all sections of the community.

For an application pack please download it below:

Job Description: JD Independent Living Coordinator

Person Specification: PS – Independent Living Coordinator – April 2017

Application form: deafPLUS-application-form Independent Living Coordinator

About YOUchoose: What is YOUchoose

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 12 May 2017 at 12pm (noon) and interviews will be held on Monday 15th May 2017. For more information and an informal chat about this post and deafPLUS’ other services, please contact Rebecca Mansell on to arrange a skype chat.

We welcome any questions you might have.

A Deaf man’s journey to employment

In this video, you can follow the story of a Deaf man called Haytam, as he journeys from unemployment to becoming a barista at Starbucks, with the support of deafPLUS’ employment service:

Birmingham Befriender Service

deafPLUS has successfully received funding from Better Care Fund in Birmingham.

Our work will focus on D/deaf, Hard of Hearing and Visually Impairment Carers living in Birmingham. Our aim is to reduce the social isolation and improve the mental health of those Carers.

We are recruiting volunteers, who must have level 2 or above in BSL. All volunteers will undergo a full DBS check before starting in their role and ongoing safeguarding and deaf/disability awareness training.

These volunteers will provide befriending service to the carers living in Birmingham and undertake and support them to access various activities such as:

  • Visiting shopping centres / supermarkets,
  • Exploring different places in and around Birmingham,
  • Meeting other people at clubs / centres / care homes / retirement homes,
  • Support carers with appointments in GPs / Hospitals / Day Centres,
  • Visit deafPLUS events in Birmingham.
  • Art workshops

We asked the carers about what they thought about the service.

“Befriender is good with BSL and we can communicate. She learning new BSL all the times”

“Befriender goes with me to take buses to my local which is helpful. Without them I would not travel myself”

“When my partner goes to the day centre in Birmingham. Befriender meets me at home and feels ready to go out”

We are working in partnership with VisionPLUS to ensure we deliver the best service and support for carers in Birmingham.

If you would like more information about the role, please contact Olivier Jamin on and enclose your CV.

deaf and hearing people working together toward equality

deafPLUS is the working name of Breakthrough Deaf-Hearing Integration, a company limited by Guarantee.  Registered Company number: 3680467. Registered Charity number: 1073468

Lipreading Tutors – Bromley and Kent


 Are recruiting for Lipreading tutors in Gillingham, Rochester and Bromley in Kent to cover existing classes that have lost their tutor. 

For more information and an informal chat, please contact:

Deaf Carers Conference


Following the success of last year’s Carers Conference, deafPLUS are delighted to launch the second Deaf Carers Conference on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

Deaf Carers are hidden in the community , unable to access services for much needed support and respite due to lack of access. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed and will be highlighted at the Carers Conference.

Hosted by deafPLUS and supported by Tower Hamlets Council, the conference will take place at the Whitechapel Idea Store. Carers, relatives and friends as well as professionals are invited to attend the conference which will offer advice and support for Deaf carers.

A range of exciting guest speakers include Craig Crowley MBE, the founder of YOUchoose, a Personal Assistant service, delivered as part of a consortium of which deafPLUS is a member. On the day, deafPLUS will launch the London branch of YOUchoose.

We want to ensure that Deaf carers don’t miss out on the help and support they deserve and we encourage anyone in this position to attend to find out what services are available to help them.

For more information please contact Amelia Ralph Lewis on

To book your free place,


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

RSVP to by 2nd July 2016

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



Personal Assistants (PAs)

Personal Assistants (PAs)

As part of the YOUchoose consortium lead by Action Deafness, deafPLUS are pleased to join as a partner to deliver a high quality PA service in the Greater London Area. The aim of YOUchoose is to encourage and maintain independence amongst our clients.

We are now recruiting a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join deafPLUS.

Have you got what it takes to make a difference to the lives of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened and Deafblind (D/deaf) people in the Greater London Area (GLA)?

deafPLUS is a vibrant charitable organisation with lively team. We are currently seeking to develop a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs). We provide personalised support services for D/deaf people throughout the area.

Our aim is to increase individuals’ independence, build their confidence and enable them to learn new skills.

Applicants must:

Have experience of working in a PA role;
Have excellent organisational skills;
Be able to work flexible hours including weekends and bank holidays where necessary;
Have drive and enthusiasm;
Be able to work on their own initiative.

Have Level 2 BSL (or equivalent), a Communicator Guide qualification and/or experience of working with Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.

General duties include providing daily living support. This may include; developing/increasing clients confident, communication skills and life skills, accessing local provisions such as leisure services and community groups, paying bills, supporting the service user to maintain their independence in the general community, developing hobbies and interests in accordance with their support plan.

Rates of pay for PA’s

Monday to Friday: £9.75 per hour

Applicants only able to work evenings or weekends are especially welcome to apply.

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification (see below) to:

Mobile: 07497 822 175 SMS Only

We welcome any questions you might have. For more information about YOUchoose:

Job Description and Person Spec attachment pa-jd-persons-spec