Supporting minority communities


Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are delighted to launch our new EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) project to support minority communities.

We are here to support the most vulnerable and all those that need us. By identifying that deafblindness is more likely in the BAME communities, we know that we need to reach out to these communities with tailored support.

We understand the difficulties around reaching these communities and so our EDI programme aims to do that in a sensitive manner.

CEO Steve Conway said: “There is research to indicate that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are more susceptible to health conditions which can lead to deafblindness. However, lack of awareness, coupled with social stigmas means that people often don’t get the support they need. We want to change that.”

EDI Co-ordinator Mutasim Billah said: “We are engaging with community groups, places of worship and local influencers to start a conversation about deafblindness. We are working closely with community leaders to make sure venues are as accessible and inclusive as possible and to help reduce the stigma around sight and hearing loss.

“This project is so greatly needed.  We know we have a huge mountain to climb, but we are making progress.”

If you are interested in getting involved in this project, or you know someone who may need our help, then please contact us.

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