Deafblind NI

There are around 11,000 people who are living with deafblindness in Northern Ireland. If you have sight and hearing loss, we can support you to continue your life beyond deafblindness, helping you to be more confident, socially active and independent.

Services available in Northern Ireland

We offer the following services to people living in Northern Ireland:

Community Fund logo Out of the Shadows

In 2019 we were delighted to receive funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in Northern Ireland – a common issue amongst those who have deafblindness.

The ‘Out of the Shadows’ project supports older people with deafblindness to attend local support and social groups and, with the help of befrienders, reconnect with their local communities. We also work with local organisations to increase awareness and understanding of deafblindness and ensure that local organisations know how to support people who are deafblind.

The project provides resources and expertise to enable older deafblind people to enjoy activities that they may have given up due to ill health and give them the confidence to try new activities. It gives them opportunities and confidence to meet new people and reduce social isolation.

John’s story

Johnboy at an archery tournament John has very little sight and no hearing. He communicates through ‘hands on BSL’; a form of British Sign Language which involves the listener placing their hands on top of the communicator’s hands to feel the signs. However, John, from County Antrim doesn’t let his sight and hearing loss hold him back. With the support of an interpreter he has a wide range of hobbies but perhaps the most impressive is his love for archery. He discovered the sport seven years ago and has since become a national champion! Read more. 

Volunteering in Northern Ireland

Our team of volunteers in Northern Ireland help to ensure that we can support as many people as possible. From befriending and social support to helping with groups or marketing, we are always pleased we are always pleased to hear from volunteers who would like to help us out.

Click here to search our volunteering opportunities in Northern Ireland.