Deafblind Awareness Week 2017

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Sight and hearing loss is more common than you think; let’s talk about it!

26th June – 2nd July 2017 



Do you know someone who has the TV turned up far too high, who often asks you to repeat yourself or who doesn’t recognise you if you pass in the street?

Combined sight and hearing loss affects an estimated 394,000 people in the UK so it is likely that you know someone who is impacted by this. During Deafblind Awareness Week we encourage you to think about friends and relatives who might be affected by sight and hearing loss and talk to them about it; try to understand what they are going through and learn what you can do to help.

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What to look out for this Deafblind Awareness Week

Lunchtime Question and Answer sessions, Live on Twitter

Simply Tweet your question with the hashtag #askDBAW for an expert to answer:

Tuesday 27th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about eye health, answered by Community Care Opticians @CCCOpticians

Wednesday 28th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about combined sight and hearing loss, in particular daily living, answered by Deafblind Scotland @dbscotland

Thursday 29th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about life as a deafblind paraclimber with John Churcher @jcchurcher

Friday 30th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about acquiring age related sight and hearing loss, answered by Deafblind UK @DeafblindUK

Guest bloggers

Check out the Deafblind UK blog throughout the week for guest blogs from our partners and members.


Ukelele Concert
Friday 23rd June, 1pm
The Trinity Centre, Trinity Avenue, LL30 2NQ
Join us for a concert featuring the Princess Court Ukelele Band and:
– Refreshments
– Craft Stalls
– Raffle
– Information stands from local organisations
All proceeds will go to the local Deafblind UK groups.

Click here for the event poster.

Sight and hearing loss information day

Tuesday 27th June, 11am—2pm
Deafplus, Trinity Centre, Key Close, Whitechapel, London E1 4HG
Come along and meet experts from a range of organisations specialising in sight and hearing loss.
– Speak to experts about any concerns you may have
– Discover what support is available to you
– Create a sensory collage with a local artist
Free to attend, refreshments provided!
Click here for the event poster.


Student v Teacher Bake-off
Tuesday 27th June
Spalding High School
10 teams made up of staff and students will have just one hour to create their masterpieces which will then be judged by year 12 Food and Nutrition students. All bakes will then be sold at lunchtime with proceeds going to Deafblind UK!

Deafblind UK National Member Forum
Friday 30th June, 2pm
National Centre for Deafblindness, Peterborough
Deafblind UK member representatives from across the country will come together to shape the future of Deafblind UK!

Information stands

Monday 26th June
Glan Clwd Hospital, North Wales
Altnagalvin Hospital, Northern Ireland
High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford
Asda, Barnes Hill Asda, Birmingham
Bristol Central Library

Tuesday 27th June
High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford
Tesco, Eastgate Road, Bristol
Bangor Hospital, North Wales
Age Connects Community Café in Barry, South Wales
Royal Victoria Hospital, Northern Ireland
West Suffolk Hospital Eye Clinic, Bury St Edmonds

Wednesday 28th June
Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Peterborough
Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre, Yorkshire
Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland

Thursday 29th June
Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Peterborough

Friday 30th June
Macular Road Show, Renaissance Hotel, Manchester

Saturday 1st July
Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Peterborough


We are proud to join forces with the following partners this Deafblind Awareness Week:

About Me Care and Support

About Me Care and Support is a social enterprise working with people who have a sensory impairment to provide personalised, community-inclusive care and support solutions. Officially launched in July 2012, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deafblind UK. For more information, visit the About Me website or call 01733 213490.

Deafblind Scotland

Deafblind Scotland’s vision is: A society in which deafblind people have the permanent support and recognition necessary to be equal citizens. Deafblind Scotland serves the Deafblind community, sustaining deafblind people’s personal and professional support networks and influencing statutory services and policy.

The work they do raises the awareness of deafblindness, continually highlights the everyday challenges faced by deafblind people and makes a real difference to and for citizens and their communities across Scotland. For more information visit the Deafblind Scotland website or call 0141 777 6111.

Community Care Opticians 

Community Care Opticians provide NHS & private eye tests at home to people who may have difficulty getting to the High Street unassisted. We offer client lead, professional optical and audiology services, which are driven by a responsive and passionate team at local level. We endeavor to provide the very best care and service and strive to lead the way in the field of domiciliary optical care. Click here to visit the Community Care Opticians website or call 0800 240 4602.e

For more information about how to get involved in Deafblind Awareness Week, please contacts us.