Project information

Enabling Deaf people to live in hearing community

Sign Outreach - supporting people with complex needs to live in the community.

This is ongoing.

Charity information: SignHealth

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  • Need

    Need

    It is not well recognised that profoundly deaf people often have little or no speech and many find it difficult to read or write, since it is an unheard foreign language. many people who are born profoundly deaf grown up in a family where no-one signs to them. Most deaf children leave school with few educational qualifications, and an average reading age of only eight years. They may have learning difficulties and acute dependence on others after years of little or no meaningful communication.

    Solution

    Very specialist support is needed to enable these people to achieve any degree of quality of life and outreach is a vital part of life. Importantly, all our outreach workers are either Deaf or fluent BSL signers. This means they are able to form a proper relationship with their clients, and are able to understand what support is needed. Our clients prefer having someone who can sign - which is far easier than having an outreach worker and an interpreter.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To work with clients to enable them to live independently in their own homes.

    Activities

    » Staff support clients with a range of support needs such as money management and benefits, health appointments, family and employment issues.

    Success will be measurable.


  • Impact

    Impact

    SignHealth Outreach service supports its clients to become more independent and improve self confidence. The service makes sure they receive the highest quality of support to live independently in the community.

    Risk

    -

    Reporting

    We are always happy to report back to donor organisations on the progress of our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £350,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £350,000 Outreach Outreach

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various Trusts and Foundations £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Outreach services in London, Manchester and Leeds.

    Beneficiaries

    Deaf people living independent lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the national healthcare charity for deaf people, our concern is for the physical and mental wellbeing of this minority group. We provide services such as outreach to those living independent lives but needing some support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    SignHealth Outreach Staff

    We have over 25 years of experience in working with the Deaf community. All our staff are experienced; either fluent BSL users or Deaf themselves.