Some people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus also belong to other underrepresented groups, communities or cultures.
If this sounds like you, there are organisations that can support your specific needs and help you find other people who truly understand your experiences.
Here is a list of organisations you might want to look into. Get in touch with our contact centre if you can’t find the support you are looking for, and we will try our best to help.
- Black Deaf UK supports Black deaf people and their families in the UK. They provide educational and cultural resources and create a space to share their culture.
- The Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association is a national organisation, run by deaf women from minority ethnic groups, that seeks to provide support and empower minority ethnic deaf women.
- The Scottish Ethnic Minority Deaf Charity supports deaf people of ethnic minorities and promoting cultural diversity in Scotland.
- The National Deaf Children’s Society supports deaf children and young people, and their parents and professionals who work with them.
- Deafax is a charity that offers relationship and sex education, and personal, social and health education, for children and young people that are deaf or have hearing loss.
- Deaf Rainbow UK is an organisation that brings together LGBTQ+ deaf people from across the UK. Their British Sign Language glossary includes signs for different identities within the community, and they offer help and advice, resources and meet ups.
- Not everyone who is deaf, has hearing loss or tinnitus identifies as disabled, while others do. Regard is an LBGTQ+ support charity for disabled people, including those with hearing loss.
- Deaf Unity is a charity for deaf people in the UK that offers LGBTQ+ support.
- The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness organisation serves to promote positive mental health for deaf people in the UK, with listings for local support services.
- The charity Deaf Unity lists what accessible mental health support services are available for deaf people.
- Disability Plus (previously Deaf4Deaf) is a deaf-led service offering counselling and psychotherapy sessions in British Sign Language and Sign Supported English, and for people with tinnitus.
- Some counsellors and psychotherapists on the Counselling Directory have experience in working with BSL interpreters.
SignHealth provides an NHS therapy service for Deaf adults experiencing depression or anxiety in British Sign Language (BSL).
- Al Isharah is an educational deaf Muslim charity that seeks to make Islam accessible for deaf people.
- Deaf Muslim UK is a charity that seeks to empower deaf Muslims in the learning and discovery of Islam.
- The Jewish Deaf Society supports people with all levels of hearing loss and deaf people to improve access, independence, equality.
- The Catholic Deaf Association of the UK and Ireland offers British Sign Language learning resources on Catholicism.
The Deaf health charity SignHealth offers support to people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.
Developing a network
We’re in the process of building links to specialist support organisations to help ensure that everyone who is deaf, has hearing loss and tinnitus can find relevant and informed support. As well as those listed above, underrepresented groups in the UK include:
- Disabled people
- People with learning disabilities and difficulties
- People from low-income households.
If you know of a support service that we haven’t listed here, please let us know.
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If you’re deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, and belong to one or more other underrepresented groups, why not share your story with us? You can help others to understand your experiences and offer support to people who share them. Click here to submit your story via our story form, also available in BSL.
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