A head and shoulders shot of Hajra

Five minutes with home befriender, Hajra

What does your role as a befriender involve? I visit a lady who is deafblind and I read her books, usually about famous people, we read about where they have been and what they have achieved. We both like to watch Saturday Kitchen and learn about the places that chef Rick Stein visits, and the … Read more

Shannon wearing a red hoody and sunglasses

Five minutes with admin volunteer, Shannon

What does your role as an admin volunteer involve? I work on the database and contact Deafblind UK members through text and email, to see how they are. Why did you choose to become an admin volunteer? I wanted to learn about admin roles and tasks and understand about the office environment. Why Deafblind UK? … Read more

Gardening

Get out in the garden this summer!

The health benefits of the great outdoors have been proven time and again by scientists, so much so that the outdoor pursuit is now being prescribed by doctors! Gardening is a great reason to get outside, by reconnecting with nature, gardeners can improve their physical health, feel less anxious, and even improve their capabilities for … Read more

A boardwalk going down to a beach

Get outside this summer

Extensive research has revealed that getting outdoors can help us to: Improve our cardiovascular health and fitness Reduce stress and anxiety Sharpen short-term memory Concentrate better What’s more, getting outside is particularly beneficial for people with visual and hearing impairments as they can experience multi-sensory sensations, from the smells of local woods to feeling the … Read more

Person holding a basket full of vegetables

Taking the stress out of shopping

For many visually and hearing-impaired people a simple trip to the supermarket can be a stressful experience. A lack of natural light, too many crowds and loud background noise may deter people from making essential trips. Thankfully, UK supermarkets are now making changes to ensure the shopping experience is more pleasant for everyone. There are … Read more