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The Befriending Scheme


The befriending scheme enables Deaf people and volunteers to chat in sign language together via video platforms. This means that Deaf or hard of hearing people who are isolated and experiencing loneliness and boredom at home, can now chat via video. I am sure that you are aware of how difficult the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown has been for people. People cannot go out and about, and are unable to see their friends and family. This has meant that people are experiencing boredom and isolation. So, having a volunteer that they can chat with in BSL via video is a relief. The volunteers have all completed safeguarding training, and they have all passed their DBS checks. The volunteers all have various backgrounds and skills, there are male and female volunteers who can communicate in either BSL or the spoken language. We are able to match volunteers with individuals, so that it is suits their needs. If this is something that you would be interested in and would like to chat with a volunteer. Or if you know of someone that could benefit from this, then please let me know. I would then arrange for the volunteer and the Deaf/ hard of hearing person to meet via video to have a discussion.

For more information, please contact Sean Noone, Commuinity Development Officer via 

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As part of the Zebra Access' Reaching Communities 'Deaf Hub' project, with the support of the Big Lottery Fund, Advocacy drop-in Centres for deaf and hard of hearing people are now up and running to assist with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more.

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