There are as many as 90,000 people in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington - ten per cent of the population - who have a significant hearing loss.
Deafness Support Network (found in 1976 as the Cheshire Deaf Society, provides support and services for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.
This year alone, the Network's experienced team of professionals - many themselves profoundly deaf - will respond to well over 35,000 requests for information, help and advice. The Network provides practical help, advice and specialist support when it's most needed.
Deafness Support Network is an Equal Opportunities employer and, as such, has achieved a high rate of employment of D/deaf people (about 40% of its staff). This means that service users needs are met by people who share their identity and language and are able to communicate appropriately. Interpreters are also used in house by our DSN colleagues, paid for by Access to Work. This has been another government initiative that has enabled our services to the D/deaf community to grow and improve. As with any organisation there is always a level of staff turnover, the longest serving member of the organisation has been with us for 31 years. Part of the reason for our retention of staff is the training that is offered and the involvement we have in the decision making of the organisation.
As a result of DSN's restructuring and the development of a range of 'in house' services, the way in which we provide our services is changing for the better and DSN's communication Service and Social Work Team have a major part to play in the continuing delivery of high quality services throughout the Network's entire area of operations
Northwich Vale Royal Deaf Club 144 London Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5HH. Tel: 01606 47831 Textphone: 01606 350823 Fax: 01606 49456
Chester Deaf Sports and Social Club Centre for the Deaf, South View Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4JG. Textphone: 01244 371373 (Thursday & Saturday 7 - 11pm)
Warrington and District Society for Deaf People. Centre for the Deaf People, 13 Wilson Patten Street, Warrington, WA1 1PG. Tel: 01925 634640 Textphone: 01925 232551 Fax: 01925 626992
Congleton Deaf Club Fellowship House, Park Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1DP.
Macclesfield Deaf Club New venue to be confirmed Meets 1st Wednesday every month from 7pm - 10p.m.
Crewe Deaf Club 115 Derrington Avenue Crewe, CW2 7JA.
Contact Name: Geoffrey Poynter Small group of hard of hearing or profoundly deaf people. The club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at The Academy Gym, Crewe. Activities include Bingo, raffles and tea and biscuits.