My lockdown experience

As we all face a range of restrictions over the festive period and beyond, our regular blogger Louise Goldsmith shares some of her own experiences of living in lockdown. “The recent national lockdowns have been very challenging for me. I am Deaf and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety a few years ago and I … Read more

Communication barriers

Deaf advocate and Deafblind UK Outreach Officer Louise Goldsmith has been investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with deafblindness. In her blog this week, she discusses opaque facemasks, social distancing and a lack of interpreters. Facemasks The requirement to wear facemasks has created a communication barrier for many Deaf and deafblind … Read more

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Helping David through the Pandemic

David suffers from tinnitus and his sight is deteriorating. This, coupled with other health issues, including celiac disease, means that David often finds things more difficult than he used to. David has enjoyed a varied career, including spending 10 years as an electrician in the Army. He has always been an independent and confident person. … Read more

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Thank you for sticking with us

I know that I speak for people who are deafblind across the country, when I tell you just how grateful I am that you haven’t given up on us. This past year has been difficult for everyone, to say the least. Time, money and patience have been stretched beyond belief for many people, but you … Read more

Captioning Awareness Week 2020

Did you know it’s Captioning Awareness Week? Deaf advocate and Deafblind UK Outreach Officer Louise Goldsmith found out more… What is Captioning Awareness Week? Captioning Awareness Week is spearheaded by the charity StageText, who deliver captioning and live subtitling services to increase accessibility for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Captioning Awareness Week takes place … Read more

The power of the screen

Now, more than ever, technology plays a vital role in helping deafblind people stay in touch with family and friends. Deafblind UK trustee Roger explains his own experience and the difference technology makes to him… “Like many people with poor sight and hearing, I can see far more by looking at a screen than I … Read more

Grieving during the pandemic

Losing a loved one is devastating, and the Coronavirus has made it even more difficult to cope with. Some people have not been able to be with their loved ones in their last hours or have not been able to have the funeral or memorial that they would have liked. This, together with the increased … Read more

Get crafty!

Many arts and crafts activities can be experienced and enjoyed through senses other than sight. The process of creating something from scratch can be very therapeutic and with practice you could make something practical for yourself or a heartfelt gift for others, with any imperfections adding to the charm of a homemade present! Detailed tutorials … Read more

Which benefit?

The world of benefits can be a confusing place, but our guide will help you to navigate this minefield and help ensure that you are receiving all the help you’re entitled to. Benefits are forms of financial support from the Government. There are many different types and eligibility criteria for each one is very different. … Read more

How we help: Befriending

We have heard many stories of how the lockdown has left people more alone than usual. Visits from family and carers have been put on hold and groups and clubs are not running. Our befriending service continues to give our members some normality and continuity throughout, and after lockdown. Joyce’s story Joyce was feeling anxious … Read more