Signal Befriending and Outreach
Deafness and hearing loss can lead to isolation and a loss of independence. Dealing with everyday situations can become more difficult and tasks that used to be straightforward are now a real challenge.
Signal’s outreach and befriending team can help you build your confidence and communicate with the ‘hearing world’. Whether you need a volunteer ‘buddy’ or a sign language outreach worker, we can help you communicate better and feel more included.
Signal’s befriending and outreach work is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and befriending is nationally accredited by NCVO.
Signal buddies know how hearing loss can affect people’s lives and offer you the chance to talk to someone who understands. They can help you to sort out practical problems, build confidence and make the most of everyday life.
A buddy will help you be part of conversations, enabling you to enjoy family, social and work life again. They can assist with difficult situations, such as shopping, banking and using the phone, as well as finding out what support and equipment are available.
Being a volunteer buddy can give you the chance to use or develop your understanding of hearing loss and make a difference to people’s lives.
Profoundly deaf people can easily become cut off from hearing world. For British Sign Language (BSL) users English is a second language and it can be difficult to understand and be understood.
If you are a BSL user, our dedicated outreach worker can provide you with essential support. This could be something as simple as a cup of tea and a chat or as vital as accompanying you to medical appointments and reporting abuse. As well as providing companionship, we will help you build your capacity to take control of your life.
Our outreach service works with social services to support vulnerable clients and takes referrals from NHS Audiology when they identify people that could benefit from extra specialist support.
Find out more
For further information about Signal Befriending or Outreach, please email email@example.com, call us on 01743 358 356 or text 07950 782 819.