Support for people who are deafblind in South Wales

If you have sight and hearing loss and you’re living in South Wales, you can get free, specialist support.

About the Reconnections project

Could your confidence use a boost? Perhaps your life has changed since the pandemic, or there’s a personal goal you’d like to work towards. Whatever your goals are, we’re here to help you feel more like yourself again.

Reconnections is a new service which helps you improve your confidence, become more active, find out about local social groups and make new friends. It’s completely free and available to people living in South Wales.

Support for people in South Wales

The Reconnections team can help you:

  • Set personal goals
  • Improve your mobility with a Mobility Buddy
  • Make new friends through local social groups or a befriender
  • Get practical support to help you try new things and achieve your goals!

Please contact us if you’d like to find out more, or if you have any questions.

Would you like to get out and about more?

Our team of friendly, local volunteers can help you get more active in a way that suits you. We’ll pair you up with a Mobility Buddy who will work with you to improve your confidence in a safe environment, so you can be as independent as you want to be. Together you could:

  • Build up your confidence to use public transport
  • Spend time outdoors with short walks
  • Work towards a personal challenge or goal.

Has your confidence taken a knock?

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the deafblind community. If you’re feeling lonely, isolated or have stopped doing things you used to love because of your confidence, then talk to us. Our friendly Reconnections experts can support you to set up and work on your personal goals.

“To sum the experience up in one word, it would be ‘wonderful’!”

Find out how befriending has helped Doreen from Blackwood.

Making your local venues more accessible

When your local spaces aren’t as inclusive or accessible as they should be, we know how much this can affect your confidence and everyday life. That’s why we work with businesses (great and small!) to help them become more deafblind friendly. Nobody should have to miss out on opportunities because they have a sight or hearing loss, and we’re always happy to talk with businesses and find practical, accessible solutions.

If you’re a business seeking advice about becoming more deafblind friendly, please click here to see the professional support we offer.

Who can apply

This support is free for anyone with sight and hearing loss who’s living in Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea or Newport. If you want to find out about support that’s available for someone you care about, we’re happy to help.

Proud to be funded by the National Lottery

This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which gives organisations in the UK funding to improve their communities. We’re excited to have this funding to help make a real difference to people living with sight and hearing loss in South Wales, by reducing loneliness and providing empowering support.

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Open Hand Magazine

Open Hand is our free, quarterly magazine containing articles and information that are tailored specifically to people with dual sensory loss.

There are very few publications designed for this specific market and so Open Hand gives its readers valuable information that they may not otherwise have known and reminds readers about Deafblind UK’s support services.

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Call us on 0800 132320 or text us 07903572885
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