Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Needy Deaf...

Surrey County Council's newly appointed combined service for deaf and blind people is seeking views on how best to run its service over the next five years.

When awarded the single £1.5 million contract to manage all visual and hearing impaired services for Surrey from February, charity Sight for Surrey's chief executive, Bob Hughes, aimed to alleviate fears put forward by the deaf community that it would be a "disaster", as they needed highly-specialised staff and services.

In November 2015, profoundly deaf mother Kerena Marchant told Surrey County Council's cabinet members: "The deaf community are a cultural, linguistic minority with quite specific and specialised needs."  Nine months into delivering the contract, the charity is preparing to launch a five-year strategy from 2017 and is asking for service users to contribute.

"This strategy will reflect our range of sensory specialist services and outline how we will change the charity," a statement on the charity's website reads.

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