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

New project to help deaf employees out of low pay

Project aims to develop progression routes out of low pay for Deaf employees in London

deafPLUS is delighted to announce a groundbreaking two-year project, funded by Trust for London, which focusses on the career development and advancement of Deaf employees who are stuck in low paying jobs.

By working with employers, we will support deaf employees across London, with the aim of helping them to improve their pay and career prospects.  We will also working to raise employer awareness of how they can get unlock their deaf staff’s potential through, for example, use of assistive technology or workplace buddying schemes.

This innovative project will work closely with store managers and HR teams to ensure that deaf employees receive the same career progression opportunities as their colleagues, including access to training, information about career opportunities and are supported in building their confidence.

At present, 67% of deaf employees nationwide are on national minimum wage –  currently set at £6.50 and rising to £6.70 from the 1st October 2015.

The current London Living wage is £9.15 and the national rate is £7.85.

Project Manager Jason Barnett said: “Since 2002 deafPLUS has worked closely with London employers to find jobs for approximately 380+ deaf clients. In doing so we have been able to significantly improve the lives of their deaf workers.  However it is sadly the case that too many of deaf employees find themselves stuck on the first rung of the career ladder.  This new project will provide a helping hand, ensuring more of them can move up to the next rung or beyond.

Jason also appealed for deaf employees to respond to our survey on employment issues.  This will help to inform his work on this issue.  Please click: here

Contact Details

Jason Barnett – deafPLUS London Career Progression Project Manager

deafPLUS, Key Close, Whitechapel, London, E1 4HG

Office: 020 7790 8478

SMS: 07581 675 422

Skype: deafplus1971