Advice from Deafblind UK

A helpful message and advice from Steve Conway CEO Deafblind UK 

Including contact details for those needing support and they are also looking for volunteer helpers!

This is a very difficult time for everyone but all Deafblind UK staff feel privileged to work for an organisation that undertakes such vital work  helping those with dual sensory loss, the majority of whom are elderly.

Whilst Deafblind UK staff are now working from home where possible, our support workers continue to provide care in the homes of the people who need it most.

People who are deafblind face every single day not only in isolation, but in darkness and silence. They constantly rely on others and are often confined to their own homes. So the increased sense of isolation and loneliness caused by the need to stay at home and social distancing is enormous. I hope that we can all reflect on that as the rest of us find ways to manage with social distancing.

For many people who are deafblind, touch is the only way to communicate and so they simply cannot keep the recommended two meters apart. This leaves people even more vulnerable as they make the choice between their health and their ability to communication.

Unfortunately, we have been forced to suspend our social groups and home befriending services. But we are still able to run our telephone and email befriending services and our helpline. These services have been immensely popular with our members who have no one else to turn to. Therefore, we are urgently looking for more volunteers to call or email our members and give them some comfort and social interaction. I was overwhelmed by the response to our recent social media post asking for help, thank you to everyone who has already registered to volunteer for us.

The Government restrictions have also forced us to close our shop and our conference centre; two of our key revenue streams. We are looking closely at how we can fund our services without this income and we are extremely grateful to everyone who supports us financially or otherwise.

No one can be sure what the future holds right now, but I can assure you that my team and I will do everything that we can to make sure that people who are deafblind are informed, reassured and supported.

Steve Conway
CEO Deafblind UK

Coronavirus concerns? 

If you work with anyone who is deafblind and you are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on their phyical or mental health, we can help. Contact us on 0800 132320 or click here for more information. 

Struggling with social distancing?

If you know someone who is struggling with social distancing and isolation, here are some deafblind-friendly ideas to keep the mind and body active. Click here to read more.

Can you help? 

Deafblind UK urgently need volunteer befrienders, based from home, to do more of this vital work. A quick chat with you on the phone, or a daily email, could mean so much to someone right now. So, if you have any time at all you can spare, please click here to find out more!