Services for Deaf Adults
The Adult Services team oﬀers a specialist, confidential and dedicated service for all deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind adults from aged 18 upwards across Northamptonshire.
Our oﬃcers can oﬀer appointments for one to one support and advisory service at your home, work, in a neutral environment or at Deafconnect’s oﬃces. You do not need an appointment during our drop in times.
Information, Advice and Advocacy
Our oﬃcers will provide you with confidential and dedicated information, advice and support services. All our services are fully accessible via British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE) or English and are available to Deaf, Deafened, hard of hearing and Deafblind people, their families, friends and carers.
We oﬀer an appointment service or you can visit us during our drop in times without an appointment in Northampton. If you need to see a particular member of staﬀ it is advisable to make an appointment with them.
We provide information, advice and support in the following areas: education, reading and understanding forms, benefits, making phone calls on your behalf, health issues including Doctors and Hospitals, assistive equipment, social and leisure activities, social services, housing, work and employment, interpreters including deafblind and lip speakers, criminal justice system and family courts and crime prevention
Hard of Hearing Service
Deafconnect’s Harding of Hearing Service provides support and guidance to hard of hearing people across Northamptonshire.
We support with new hearing aids to get the most out of them, to promote independence and health and wellbeing.
Counselling, advice and information.
Provide information and advice service on assistive equipment to promote independence.
Provide coping tactic strategies for every day life.
Visit care homes to help support the use of hearing aids and deaf awareness.
Support family and friends to educate and keep in contact via Next Generation Texting, use of equipment etc.
Reach people who have no means of visiting the Audiology Dept to check and maintain hearing aids, promoting health and wellbeing
Attend support groups across the county and lip reading classes We also aim to train and manage a group of volunteers who have hearing loss or deafness, so that they are confident in themselves and can then support their hard of hearing peers within the community to learn how to use and manage their hearing loss, thus reducing loneliness and isolation.
Deafconnect has recruited a part time Volunteer Co-ordinator and a part time Volunteer Support and Admin Assistant who begin oﬀering the support until volunteers can be recruited and trained to provide the service.
Volunteers will run Self Help Support groups in at least 5 locations in the county. These will provide the on-going support some needed. Speakers on a variety of topics including coping tactics and relaxation, will be booked for these groups so that hard of hearing and deafened individuals can access information about new subjects.
For more information or get involved please contact us.
Care Act Advocacy
What is the Care Act Advocacy?
Northamptonshire local Authority is responsible for ensuring that all information is accessible and that you are involved in any decisions regarding your care and support package.
Deafconnect is working with Voiceability Northamptonshire to ensure that Adults/ Children (over 16 years) and carers are supported through the process under the Care Act (2014).
What does independent Advocacy provide?
All individuals are entitled to support from a qualified independent advocate to explain your role and the outcomes of any meetings/assessments regarding your care. To ensure that the support/care oﬀered to you meets your individual needs you will be involved in the following assessments and meetings with the local Authority.
- Care assessment
- Care and Support planning
- Care and support reviews
- Safeguarding enquires
- Safeguarding Adults review.
If you have already made a referral to the Social and Health services team and would like an independent advocate to assist you please contact Deafconnect or Voicability.
Building Better Opportunities
Working Progress Project
What is Job Club?
The aim of the Job club is to help those who have been out of work for a long time and on JSA – Jobseeker Allowance or ESA – Employment and support allowance to gain employment.
To join the Job Club you must:
Be unemployed (e.g., homemaker, retired, carer or other…)
Be a UK resident living in Northamptonshire
Be eligible to work in the EU. Why join the Job Club?
For help finding Training, Work experience and a job
You want to earn money (minimum wage or above)
To be independent
To become a role model for your children, families and friends.
What will you do at Job Club?
At Job Club you will be supported to decide on an area(s) of work you are interested in and pursue it! We also provide a range of essential training to help you gain employment and other important skills needed in the workplace.
Whether you are interested in finding a job straight away or learning some new skills before applying for a job we can support you to achieve the following:
Employment, Training, Work Experience, College or attend an Open University course.
See below for a list of the topics we cover in Job Club.
Learn to write and update your CV
Develop your individual identity / Confidence building
Learn how to apply for jobs
Submit job applications
Manage your stress
Learn about health and wellbeing and why exercise is important
How to be independent and the benefits of going to work?
Time management skills
How to use social media safely
Understanding what you will do at your first day at work
Understand HR policies like the diﬀerence between grievance and disciplinary procedure
How to deal with conflict or arguments at work
Deafconnect will support you and guide you in the right direction.
Deafconnect employs Personal Assistants to support and encourage Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to improve their well-being.
The role of Personal assistant is to oﬀer one to one support to promote independence, acquire life skills and develop the confidence to engage with the local community.
We employ a number of male and female Deaf personal assistants and have run this service over a number of years in and around Northamptonshire.
Who can apply to be a PA?
Deafconnect encourages adults, family members/friends, professionals and anyone who has permission on behalf of the adult to apply for the position of PA. All applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS.
How to apply for PA support?
If you require the support of a PA you will need to complete a referral form and return this to Deafconnect. Deafconnect will then meet with you to discuss your specific needs and ensure that the necessary funding is in place for PA services.
Assistive Equipment for Deaf and hard of hearing people helps with recognising the sounds that hearing people take for granted e.g. the door bell ringing, the baby crying, the telephone ringing, the alarm clock.
Deafconnect is able to advise Deaf and hard of hearing people their family, friends and carers about the equipment available. We have a small number of demonstration items and would be happy to show you.
Please contact us for an appointment or our drop in times.