Kelly and Doreen outside wearing coats

Kelly and Doreen – friends for life!

Doreen has lived in Blackwood for 33 years. The past year has been a tough one for her, as her husband sadly passed away after suffering with vascular dementia. Doreen suffers from macular degeneration and has considerably reduced hearing having worked in the textile industry. She admits that she felt very lonely and isolated following … Read more

Jo in her bike helmet and sunglasses

Zero to hero – Jo’s fundraising story

My journey with Deafblind UK started in 2017 when my daughter needed to learn a new skill for her Duke of Edinburgh Award and a friend suggested Deafblind Manual. We came along and met the team at Deafblind UK, including Doreen, who has been deafblind from birth and is the longest serving employee at Deafblind … Read more

Dual sensory loss voting guide

The next UK General Election will take place on Thursday 12th December 2019. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. As this is a winter election, many of us may feel uncomfortable with getting to the polling stations. In addition, London Vision and Thomas Pocklington Trust have recently published statistics showing that 74% … Read more

Jim and Sol from Deafblind UK, looking at a computer

Digital support helps Jim to re-connect

Jim, a retired children’s books author,  still enjoys creative writing to keep his grandchildren entertained. However, the onset of macular degeneration, combined with a detached retina, has made this pastime increasingly difficult for Jim to enjoy in his retirement. He initially joined our Camden social group to meet new friends and enjoy the group craft … Read more

Celebrating Halloween considerately

While Halloween is an opportunity for good fun and celebration, it can also be a challenging time for people living with deafblindness or other disabilities. So whether you will be out trick or treating or staying in the warm on 31st October this year, here are some hints and tips to make Halloween an enjoyable … Read more

Preparing for the clocks going back

As part of our Deafblind Life Hacks campaign, we have been receiving lots of great hints and tips from members and staff on how to make life a little easier when you have sight and hearing loss. This work to help people who are deafblind live the lives they want is more important than ever … Read more

World Mental Health Day 2019

To mark World Mental Health Day, we are pleased to share Deafblind UK member Mark’s experiences of living with Usher Syndrome and the impact of deafblindness on his mental health. Mark’s story “I have Usher Syndrome Type 3A, I am now severely sight impaired with no useful eyesight. I also have moderate to severe hearing … Read more

A purple Deafblind UK gazebo and table set up on grass at a summer event.

Dates for your diary

Can you get involved with Deafblind UK and help us to help people who are living with sight and hearing loss? We would love you to join #TeamDeafblindUK for the following events: 16th November 2019, Deafblind Penalties, Peterborough We’re looking for volunteers to help out with a bucket collection at the Peterborough Sports FC v … Read more

Two carved pumkpins on a wooden table

Top 10 Autumn and Winter fundraising ideas

As Summer becomes a distant memory and – dare we say it – Christmas is on its way so, here are our top fundraising ideas for Autumn and Winter: Hold a pumpkin carving competition in the office for Halloween – charge an entry fee and offer a prize to the winner Halloween-themed dress down day … Read more

Mick and his guide dog, Usher

Winging it for Deafblind UK!

Deafblind UK member, Mick is no stranger to high-adrenaline fundraising challenges. Last year he completed a sky dive, raising funds for Guide Dogs UK in honour of his dutiful guide dog, Usher, and just a few months ago he raced down the world’s fastest zipwire at 100mph raising £1,100 for Deafblind UK. On a sunny … Read more