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Deaf Elders Group

A photo of two deaf elders at the Deaf Elders Group, sitting next to each other enjoying an activity at the Deaf Cultural Centre

As people get older and start to rely on family for support, they can become isolated. Combined with illness, problems with finance and access to transport, they feel cut off from their friends and the local community. Recognising this, BID Services set up the Deaf Elders Group in the 1970s  to cater for deaf people over the age of 50. The Group continues today and meets every Wednesday, from 10am until 4pm, at the Deaf Cultural Centre. For many of the deaf elders, this is often the only time they get out of their home so they like to use the opportunity to catch up with friends and participate in a number of social activities.

The group is not contractually funded and is supported and is supported directly by BID Services who obtains funding through donations, fundraising and other avenues. The group are able to take part in a range of activities including cake making, bingo, day trips to the seaside and visits to deaf clubs in other regions all over the UK.

The group is run by our Elders Coordinator, who is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. The volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring we are able to continue running the group sessions. Spending time with an elder can make a lot of difference to their world in making them feel less isolated and more valued. If you are interested in working with elderly people and would like to volunteer your time on a Wednesday, then we would love to hear from you!

If you are a deaf elder yourself over the age of 50, or you know someone who would benefit from attending our group, please contact Lisa Davies on:

Tel: 0121 246 6100
Minicom/textphone: 0121 246 6101
Mobile (SMS only): 07815 187176
Email: lisa.davies@bid.org.uk

If you feel you would like to support our work by making a donation, or by becoming a volunteer, please contact Lisa Davies.