Christmas Present

Here are Deafblind UK’s suggestions to make the most of Christmas…

Christmas shopping Try visiting the shops at quieter times or make use of specific accessible shopping events. Have you thought about doing your shopping online? If you would like to learn more about how to do this, contact Deafblind UK’s digital support team on 0800 132320. Wrapping presents For an easy alternative to cutting paper, … Read more

Roy and his watch

Deafblind UK gives Roy the gift of Time

Roy, in his mid 60’s, is totally blind and can hear loud noises with the help of a hearing aid in his left ear. He has been sight and hearing impaired to this degree for about 15 years. He looks forward each day to a visit from his support worker for a 3 or 4 … Read more

Freddie and Laurel

Volunteering gives Freddie a new perspective

Freddie is a 22 year old student doing a year in industry in Newcastle. He was keen to put his spare time to good use by volunteering for Deafblind UK. He said: “After starting work in Newcastle I realised that I might have a few spare hours each week and I wanted to try and … Read more

Deafblind UK opens up new opportunities for Christine

Christine was born profoundly deaf. Her sight has always been poor but 3 years ago she was diagnosed with late effect polio related blindness which causes the eye muscles to become paralysed. This has left her with next to no sight; she can make out light and dark, and shadows but no more than that. … Read more

Ruth Bridgeman, Trustee

Five minutes with a Deafblind UK Trustee

To celebrate National Trustees Week, we spoke to Deafblind UK Trustee Ruth Bridgeman… What does your role as a Trustee involve? Being a Trustee for Deafblind UK means I am on the board, so I regularly go to board meetings and I’m part of some sub committees that recommend changes and improvements to the organisation. … Read more

Stone Henge

Accessibility at Stonehenge

Stonehenge dates back to 3000BC and is the best-known pre-historic monument in Europe, providing a fascinating insight into our Neolithic ancestors. A visit to Stonehenge will allow you to explore the ancient burial ground on foot, before discovering the Neolithic Houses, giving a glimpse into the tools and objects of the Neolithic people. Facilities for … Read more

Tying laces on running shoes

Annabelle’s top London Marathon Tips

Thinking of running the London Marathon 2018 for Deafblind UK? Here are some top tips from last year’s runner, Annabelle: Get a wall planner and follow a training programme. Stick to it! Yes I did miss a few runs but never the long ones on the weekend – those are really key! They say you … Read more

Anni Bould after completing the London Marathon

“Would I do it again? Absolutely, in a heartbeat!”

Back in April, six runners laced up their trainers, put on a Deafblind UK running vest and embarked on the biggest challenge of their lives, the London Marathon. Here’s what Annabelle had to say afterwards: “It may seem cliche but I can honestly say running the marathon for Deafblind UK was one of the best … Read more

Imtiaz using his tablet

Meet Imtiaz

Volunteers form the bedrock of our digital inclusion project and we are extremely fortunate to benefit from some fantastic people. Imtiaz Naqvi has been a member of Deafblind UK since 2015 and has recently embraced the dual volunteer role of information and awareness officer and digital ambassador with his trademark humour and tireless energy. Imtiaz … Read more

Red and White cane poster

Deafblind Awareness: Red and White Canes

How often do you see a pedestrian with a cane and automatically assume that they are blind? If you see a person with a completely white cane, this will usually mean they are blind, or visually impaired. Pedestrians with a red and white striped cane however, are deafblind (with both sight and hearing impairments). Daphne … Read more