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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 


Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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