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Team heads out on the road for Deaf Awareness Week

Published: 30 April 2021

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.

Our 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

Tracie Bonnici, who heads up our deaf team, said:

“Everyone’s welcome – from those who have developed hearing loss in older age to anyone who was born deaf or suffered hearing loss at any point in their life. There’s lots we can do to help.”

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:

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.

Tracie added:

“COVID means we’re having to do things differently. But we’re still here.

“We may not be working in the office in the usual way, but we’re still able to offer support, assistance and help to those who need it.”

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.