Derbyshire residents who are deaf or have hearing loss can find out more about what support is available at a series of roadshows we’re running during Deaf Awareness Week 2021.
The council’s deaf team is taking to the road from 3 to 10 May to offer help, advice and information from stalls in 3 Derbyshire market towns.
The stalls are COVID secure and will have experienced staff who can sign, as well as a qualified interpreter on hand, to help answer questions from 9am to 1pm on the following days:
- Bolsover Market Place – Tuesday, May 4
- Chesterfield Market – Friday, May 7
- Bakewell Market – Monday, May 10
As well as supplying equipment, such as TV loops and smoke alarms to help with daily living, we can offer interpreting services as well as signpost to other organisations which can support local residents, such as Deaf-initely Women which supports deaf and hard of hearing women across the county.
For anyone who can’t attend one of the roadshows, there’s lots happening online during Deaf Awareness Week 2021, including:
- lip-reading for deaf BSL signers webinar – Wednesday 5 May from 10am to midday.
- sugar craft workshop webinar – Friday 7 May from 10am to 1pm
- Deaf-initely Women women’s football – free football sessions for women who are deaf or hard of hearing. Join their Facebook group to find out more and get involved.
Despite the pandemic, our deaf team is still around and supporting residents. It’s hoped that regular social groups we organise can restart later in the year, COVID allowing.
Find out more about Deaf Awareness Week. including a link to a free, six-week BSL programme for volunteers and voluntary sector staff across the county.