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Jean was missing out on so much in life, until we introduced her to a volunteer befriender.
We have been working with Gino D’campo Restaurants in Leeds to help drive post-lockdown customers back to the venue whilst also raising awareness of Deafblind…
David has always been an independent and confident person but when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, David needed our support more than ever. He called our helpline and told us that he was really struggling, thankfully, we were able to help.
When coronavirus hit in February, I was so nervous, and like everyone, anxious about the future. I had no contact with anyone, and I had no way of knowing how long it might be before I could speak with someone again. I have never felt so alone.
Jennifer is now totally blind and has age related hearing loss. She, and her husband, have found it difficult to adjust to her sight loss. She said: “I can’t make friends myself. I have to be passive and wait for people to talk to me and can’t initiate anything.”
Doreen felt very lonely and isolated following her husband’s death, and this led her urgently to seek our support for advice and to learn about anything that would help her to communicate with distant family and friends, so we teamed her up with Kelly!
I knew I wanted to help out. So, I decided on a triathlon – I don’t make things easy for myself! At this point, I didn’t even own a bike and hadn’t run for years, so I knew this would be a huge challenge.
Jim, a retired children’s books author, still enjoys creative writing to keep his grandchildren entertained. However, sight and hearing loss have made it increasingly difficult for Jim to enjoy in his retirement. Read on to find out how we helped.
Deafblind UK member, Mick is no stranger to high-adrenaline fundraising challenges. From skydives to zipwires and wing walks, find out how Mick has raised an incredible £1,100 for Deafblind UK.
Dilwyn was becoming increasingly cut off from his community and feeling extremely lonely, until Deafblind UK befriender, Gaby, started to visit him once a week.
Dorothy from North Wales has been living with age-related deafblindness for a number of years so coming along to the Deafblind Cymru social group once a month is one of Dorothy’s few chances to leave her house and meet other people.
Roger didn’t let sight and hearing loss stop his ambitions to help others. Read how he has boosted his confidence and made a difference to others by volunteering.
Fran thought she’d never be able to fish again when she lost her sight but she was lured back in with some help from Deafblind Cymru.
For Roy, something as simple as knowing what time it is was a huge challenge. Find out how we gave him the gift of time!
Freddie wanted to volunteer while he was at Uni, but didn’t have much time to give. Luckily, we had just the job for him and we introduced him to Laurel!
Communicating is very difficult for Christine, but with the support of Deafblind UK, she achieved something she never thought possible!
Jim has always been the active type and so he doesn’t let deafblindness stand in the way! From bowls to sailing and everything in between, Jim’s tired it all!
John misses the opportunity to do what he wants, when he wants. He said: “A lot of services in our society are just not easy for me to access which is really frustrating.” Luckily, we were able to help.
Living with a severe dual sensory loss is difficult but Mark has found music is a great therapy to help him cope. “It gives me the most amazing sense of wellbeing, I love the discipline, the creativity and the emotion of it. Playing is so exhilarating – it’s a natural high!” He said.
In a bid to help children understand what living with sight and hearing loss is really like, we introduced our member, John, to some primary school children.
“When someone told me about the Deafblind UK group I was there in a shot! I went along to the first group and thought “this is where I belong” – it felt like a big family full of other people just like me.”
Matthew has been a telephone befriender with Deafblind UK for the past three years. As a Producer for BBC News, he has a busy lifestyle but was keen to find a way to make volunteering work for him.
Find out how some social interaction and digital technology helped Sheila to feel more confident and independent.
John has Usher syndrome and with a bit of support, enjoys cycling, cooking, writing and archery!
Back in 2010, John’s world changed forever when a friend introduced him to climbing. “I loved it from the very beginning! I immediately wanted to take it further and it wasn’t long before I was invited to join the Great Britain Paraclimbing Team.” Said John.