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Links and useful addresses - Deaf organisations/groups


Action for Deafness

Action for Deafness is a charitable organisation offering a full range of services to Deaf and hard of hearing people from their Resource Centres in West Sussex.

The Association works in partnership with many other local and national organisations. They have two fully equipment resource centres, one in Haywards Heath and one in Worthing.

Action for Deafness, 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

Tel/SMS: 01444 415582
Fax 01444 415587
Minicom 01444 415593

53 Rowlands Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3JN

Tel/SMS: 01903 217341
Fax: 01903 239117
Minicom: 01903 201243



BATOD - British Association of Teachers Of the Deaf

The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf is the sole professional Association of Teachers of the Deaf in the UK. It aims to promote the education of deaf children and young people.



Croydon Deaf Children's Society

Croydon Deaf Children's Society (CDCS) is a voluntary organisation run by parents and friends of deaf children living in the boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Reigate and Banstead, and the surrounding areas.

The group is affiliated to the NDCS (National Deaf Children's Society).

Croydon Deaf Children’s Society, c/o Croydon Hearing Resource Centre, 5th Floor, Park House, 22 Park Street, Croydon, CR0 1YE

Telephone or text: 07951 611190



Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers' Group

The Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers' Group (DEX) is a national charity, run by deaf people who attended mainstream education, focusing on the needs of deaf children who attend mainstream education and ex-mainstreamers. DEX provides information, consultation and support about the issues stemming from inclusive education, from the perspective of deaf users.

Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers Group / Ltd, 7 South Parade, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1LR

Fax: 01226 700326



Deaf Action

Deaf Action, formerly known as the Edinburgh & East of Scotland Deaf Society, is a long established (since 1835) voluntary organisation and registered charity providing a range of services to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people, their families and carers. Staff work to enhance the quality of life of deaf people and raise society's awareness of their needs in partnership with a range of authorities, organisations, communities and individuals.

Deaf Action, Head Office, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY, UK

Tel: 0131 556 3128
Text: 0131 557 0419
Fax: 0131 557 8283
SMS: 07775 620 757



dDeafLinks Staffordshire

dDeafLinks is a Registered Charity serving deaf people throughout Staffordshire.

The society offers a wide range of activities and services, including information and advice, training on various subjects, membership packages, volunteer visiting service and a communication support service.

The society is committed to actively supporting the equal opportunities of all deaf people in employment, training, services, information and education.

dDeafLinks Staffordshire, The Ellis Centre, Wellesley Street, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4NF, UK

Voice only: 01782 219161
Text/Minicom: 01782 281125
Fax only: 01782 286174
24 hour interpreting mobile (SMS or Voice): 07977 552414




The aim of deafPLUS is to develop innovative work with deaf and hearing people which enables them to improve their quality of life through contact, information and training.

For deafPLUS, "deaf people" includes people with all levels of hearing loss, including those who are profoundly deaf, partially deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and deafened. It is the person rather than the level of deafness, who is our first concern.

deafPLUS National Office, First Floor, Trinity Centre, Key Close, Whitechapel, London, E1 4HG

Voice: 020 7790 6147
Fax: 020 7790 6147
Minicom: 020 7790 5999




Deafsign is an independent information source on deafness and British Sign Language through its website and range of sign language publications and resources for BSL learners of all ages. The site has regularly updated News, personal Guest book responses, schools' section and games plus extensive Links.

Cath Smith, Co-Sign Communications, 16 Highfield Crescent, Hartburn, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland TS18 5HH, UK

Voice: 01642 580505
Fax: 01642 808959



DELTA - Deaf Education through Listening and Talking

A National Association promoting rights, choices and opportunities for children and young people through the practice of National Auralism

The Con Powell Centre, 83 Sherwin Road, Nottingham, NG7 2FB




FirstPointCIC provide a range of high quality specialist services to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. FirstPoint has a contract with Surrey County Council to provide free social care assessments to all Surrey residents; this can also include carers who provide unpaid care to a family member or friend. Once initial contact is made, we can discuss your needs. We can work with you towards achieving your goals - anything from some assistance to complete a form to regular practical support in order to carry out everyday tasks. Agreed funded services could include providing personal assistants, a video relay service, specialised services or equipment.

Anyone can make contact with FirstPoint, whether you are a relative or friend, colleague or health care professional (please ask for permission first from the person in order to make the referral). You can, of course, make a self-referral. If you are unsure if we can help, FirstPoint staff are available to discuss your query and we will either be able to help you or direct you to the most appropriate organisation.

FIRSTPOINT CIC Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH

General and Social Work Enquiries
tel : 01372 376558
fax : 01372 363239
sms : 07860 026269
email :
skype : firstpoint-connect

Interpreting and Communication Support Enquiries
tel : 01372 360718
fax : 01372 363239
sms : 07860 026048
email :
skype : firstpoint-connect



Ewing Foundation

Ewing Foundation is a national charity which, since 1952, has supported teachers working to help deaf children talk by keeping them up to date with the latest technological and methodological developments.

Three educational consultants work with mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf and parents in pre-school or school-age peripatetic services, in schools, units, special schools and further education settings. Their consultancy can cover practice around language development, the effective use of residual hearing and associated audiological matters, facilitating listening skills, monitoring linguistic and educational practice, writing individual education plans etc..

Pauline Hughes, Chief Executive, The Ewing Foundation, 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LG, UK

Telephone: 020 7837 3377




Gateopener is a local charity, providing free information to disabled people, their families and carers throughout Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire. They also provide information to professionals working in this field. GATEOPENER is able to advise individuals looking for financial help by identifying potential charitable trusts and foundations that may be able to help.

Gateopener, 351 Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0AU

Telephone: 01638 510463



Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that trains dogs to alert severely and profoundly deaf people to specific sounds they cannot hear such as the alarm clock, baby cry, smoke alarm and many others, in the home, workplace or public buildings.

The Grange, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 9NS, UK

Voice/Minicom: 01844 348 100
Fax: 01844 348 101



Hearing Link

Hearing Link is the UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, appropriate services, and meaningful ways to connect with other people. They are there for adults with any level of hearing loss and their families too. They direct people to the information they need and the emotional and practical support that can assist their particular circumstances. They also put people in contact with others so that knowledge and experiences can be shared and combined voices can influence service provision.

Hearing Link Head Office, 27-28 The Waterfront, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5UZ

Tel: 0300 111 1113
Text/SMS: 07526 123255
Fax: 01323 471260


Hearing Link Scotland Office, The Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP

Tel/Text: 0131 447 9420
SMS 07564 916798



Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service

HHAS is an independent charity, which with the help of volunteers, local hospitals, social services, donors and sponsors, offers practical help and advice for people experiencing hearing problems.

Their HQ in WGC is able to demonstrate equipment and the charity operates a mobile display vehicle in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service, The Woodside Centre, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 4SE, UK

Telephone: 01707 324 582
Textphone: 01707 375 486




Irish was created in February 2003 as part of a project for European Year of People with Disabilities. The Directory is currently operated by one person - Stephen Gilligan. This is an independent project not funded by any Deaf group.

The Directory is intended to help people find relevant, up to date, easy to access information about the many clubs and organisations etc., catering for the Deaf. All Irish organisations including those in Northern Ireland are claimed to be listed.

Irish, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

Voice & SMS: 085 830 8827 (International +353 85 830 8827)



The National Association of Deafened People

The National Association of Deafened People was founded as a charity in 1984 and provides information and support for deafened people who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, and for their families and friends, to help enable them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life.

NADP, Dalton House, 60 Windsor Avenue, London, SW19 2RR

Phone: 0845 055 9663



NDCS - the National Deaf Children's Society

The National Deaf Children's Society is an organisation of families, parents and carers which exists to enable deaf children and young people to make the most of their skills and abilities. They provide practical support through a network of regional staff and trained local representatives. They can help with benefits claims, making educational choices, advising on technology or simply as someone to talk to.

NDCS, Ground Floor South, Castle House, 37- 45 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LS

Voice: 020 7490 8656
Minicom: 020 7490 8656
Fax: 020 7251 5020


NDCS Freephone helpline
Voice: 0808 800 8880
Minicom: 0808 800 8880
Fax: 020 7251 5020



RAD - Royal Association in aid of Deaf people

This long-established charity (founded 1841) provides support services, counselling, chaplaincy, leisure facilities and social groups for Deaf people of all ages throughout South-east England. Their site has a directory of centres and clubs for deaf people all over the UK.

RAD Head Office, Century House South, Riverside Office Centre, North Station Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1RE

Voice: 0845 688 2525
Fax: 0845 688 2526
Text Phone: 0845 688 2527
SMS: 07720 718305



RNID-  The Royal National Institute For Deaf People (formerly Action on Hearing Loss)

RNID is the Royal national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose.

RNID enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care

RNID, 19-23 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8SL, UK

Telephone: 0808 808 0123 (freephone)
Textphone: 0808 808 9000 (freephone)
SMS: 0780 0000 360




Sense is a charity that was set up 48 years ago and was initially started by two mums who were drawn together by the enormous difficulties they faced of bringing up children who had been born both deaf and blind through the effects of the rubella virus during pregnancy.

Today Sense still focuses on the difficulties faced by people who are both deaf and blind. But because of the expertise built up Sense can now work with a much wider group of people - those with complex needs, people who are perhaps deaf or blind but also have learning disabilities - people with multiple disabilities.

Sense, 101 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LG

Tel: 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972
Textphone: 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972
Fax: 0300 330 9251



Sensory Support Service

Sensory Support Service - a Core Service for the Authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The Service provides support for children with vision and hearing needs from their earliest years and through their school life.

The Service is managed by Bristol City Council's Department for Education and Lifelong Learning and our expertise is available to families, children, schools and other professionals in the Four Authorities.

Sensory Support Service, Elmfield House, Greystoke Avenue, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS10 6AY, UK

Telephone: 0117 903 8442
Text: 0781 050 6669
Fax: 0117 903 8440



SKILL National Burea for Students with Disabilities

Skill: National Bureau for Students With Disabilities. Skill is a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK.

Telephone: 0800 328 5050



A helpline webiste for silver surfers - computing is for everyone! - Silverhairs is a site dedicated to help older people with their computing, whether it is problems with their software (programs) or hardware (the computer itself).

Silverhairs has a webpage specifically on deafness here.



Subtitled cinema films

For complete up-to-date listings, visit Subtitled cinema films you can add your name to the national online petition for regular subtitled screenings too!

Email them to receive personal notifications of subtitled films in your area:



To promote effective communication between deaf and hearing people. To promote the rights of deaf people to the same opportunities, the same access and the same independence as hearing people.

They cover the whole of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset for hearing loss issues and provide many services to the local community. They also hold a lot of useful information for people who suffer from any degree of hearing loss.

Sonus, Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF, UK

Voice: 02380 220 225
Textphone: 18001 02380 220 225
Fax: 02380 213 880



St John’s School for the Deaf is a day and boarding school for hearing impaired pupils aged 3 to 19 which, in 2007, became a specialist school for sensory and physical impairments.

St John’s is an oral school where pupils are taught by specialist teachers of hearing impaired children. There is great emphasis on supporting the development of pupils’ spoken language as well as reading and writing. This approach is underpinned by  the use of technology to provide children with maximum access to speech. St John’s have a resident audiologist, all classrooms are acoustically treated and pupils have speech therapy delivered by a team of therapists.

St. John's Catholic School for the Deaf, Church Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, England LS23 6DF

Voice: 01937 842144
Fax: 01937 541471



Text Relay

Text Relay connects people using a textphone with people using a telephone or another textphone. It lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired people stay in touch with friends and family, and call businesses over the telephone.

NGT Team, c/o Internal Box 14, Telephone House, 170 – 175 Moor Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1BA

Telephone: 0800 7311 888
Textphone: 0800 500 888



UK Deaf Sport

UK Deaf Sport aims to support and enable deaf and hearing impaired people (from mild to profound) to benefit from, excel at and fulfill their potential through sport of their own choosing. UK Deaf Sport is the leading organisation in the preparation and support for GB athletes in the 2005 Deaflympic Games. The organisation also works to establish working relationships between National Deaf Sports Organisations and sports National Governing Bodies.

Stuart Harrison, UK Deaf Sport Development Manager, c/o EFDS, Manchester Metropolitan University, Alsager Campus, Hassall Road, Alsager, ST7 2HL, UK

voice/minicom : 0161 247 5629
fax : 0161 247 6895
mobile / SMS : 07810 752638



UK Health Professionals with Hearing Loss

Created by two doctors with hearing loss, the website provides information for health professionals with hearing loss in the UK. The e-mail group is a discussion, information and support network. It is open to anyone with any degree of hearing loss who is, or is considering training to become, a health professional in any discipline.


University and further education - a compilation of links for funding and other information.




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