Our social groups are welcoming and friendly. They are a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with friends. Groups are open to anyone with sight and hearing loss, their family, carers, support workers and of course assistance dogs.
Our social groups are also a great way to learn from other people, share experiences and gather information from experts. Not only will you have the chance to talk to Deafblind UK staff and volunteers but we often arrange talks from third party organisations about topical issues, such as other services, benefits, medical information, etc. And of course, there is always plenty of time to have fun, chat to others and catch up with friends!
Remote social groups
At the moment, due to Covid restrictions, all of our social groups are remote, via telephone or video call. We plan to re-open some physical social groups when the current Covid restrictions are lifted.
Our remote social groups are a great way to socialise with other people without letting Covid restrictions or travel difficulties get in your way!
Anyone with a landline or mobile phone can join our telephone groups and you won’t run up any extra call charges. For our video groups, you will need either a tablet, computer or laptop with a webcam. One of our video groups is purely for BSL users.
The remote groups meet every other week and there are no more than 10 people on each call, including a Deafblind UK staff member or volunteer.
Volunteering to support our social groups
Many of our social groups are supported or run by volunteers who find it is an enjoyable and worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours. We are also grateful to our volunteer helpers who support at our community groups. If you are interested in becoming a remote volunteer befriender. Click here to find out more about volunteering with Deafblind UK.