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DEAFvibe Café - Saturday 13th December 2014

DEAFvibe Christmas Party.

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DEAFvibe Signed Singing Videos

Our Aim...

DEAFvibe aims to support people with a hearing loss as well as their families, friends and carers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. 

It is DEAFvibe’s belief that all deaf people should be treated equally and with respect, that access to information & communication is provided without barriers or prejudice, promoting equal participation and opportunities in life.

Communication whether it be written, verbal or through visual information is a vital need to have a sense of belonging in society.

Why DEAFvibe?...

DEAF includes those who are Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind.

VIBE links in with what having a hearing loss means:

  • the feeling of sound through vibration;
  • picking up on vibes through visual clues;
  • the sharing of experiences of knowing what it is like to be deaf.  

DEAFvibe’s philosophy is “Deafness = Equality & Access = Fairness

DEAFvibe Awareness Courses include BSL Courses, Lipreading Classes and Deaf Awareness Courses. More courses will be avalable in 2015.
Information about Travel Services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
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Information about Local Interpreters and Connuncation Support in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Information about Health Services in Staffordshire and United Kingdom
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DEAFvibe 200 Club

This is an initiative to generate income for DEAFvibe and give participants regular chances to win some cash prizes.

There will be 12 monthly draws and the cash prizes will increase as the membership increases. I am sure the winners will be pleased with their winnings.

The rules are explained on the application form and it is simple to join. The commitment from the members is £1 a month (£12 a year paid in advance). This will give you much better odds of winning some cash than the National Lottery and you will be helping to raise essential funds for DEAFvibe. Click here for more information

London Marathon

Peter Forward is running the London Marathon to raise money for DEAFvibe. Please click on the link below to make a donation on his Virgin Money Giving Page.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

During the last month whilst I have been away there has been a lot of activity concerning a review being carried out by North Staffordshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) about whether to continue to provide NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

The proposals are:

  • NHS hearing aids would no longer be provided for adults with low or moderate age-related hearing loss
  • These patients would still be eligible for free NHS hearing tests
  • Adults with severe or profound hearing loss would remain unaffected
  • Adults who currently have hearing aids will not have them taken away
  • Adults with moderate hearing loss would become eligible for hearing aids if their hearing deteriorates

Healthwatch is working with the two charities DEAFvibe and Action on Hearing Loss to raise awareness of the proposals and encourage people to comment.

We have developed a very short survey for our members to inform our response to the CCG proposals. The survey is on our website at the following link or can be completed over the phone by ringing our Freephone number 0800 051 8371.

NHS adult hearing services in England: how any qualified provider is working for patients.

As part of this research project, Monitor is seeking views from patients, patient representative groups, General Practitioners (GPs), healthcare providers and commissioners on their experiences of adult hearing services.

The survey will be open until Thursday 4 September 2014. If you would like further information on this research project, please contact us at or call 020 3747 0000.

To complete the survey click here


The CCG is currently reviewing whether we continue to provide NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

However, before we make any decisions on the future of this service, the CCG would like to know your views on this proposal. This is to ensure that local people have the opportunity to share their opinions on our proposals and review of hearing aid services. We want to seek their views and understand their experiences.

Please complete the survey, we want to hear your views. If there is something you feel that has not been covered in the survey or you want to raise additional points which will help us shape the review, please complete the additional comments sections and return to us, so we can take those views into account.

Click here to complete the survey

To download the poster click here

Earlier in the year the Government decided to defer the introduction of the proposals, because of the questions and fears raised by many people regarding the transfer of sensitive and personal data between GP’s and the hospitals.

Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent is pleased to announce that it has arranged for a team of experts from NHS England to come along to a public meeting in Stoke-on-Trent, to address questions from the public and to clarify the proposals concerning transfer and exchange of this confidential information.

The event takes place on Monday 14th July 2013, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley.

For more information click here to visit the England NHS website.

It is with great pride that we are pleased to announce that DEAFvibe has won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This award is similar to the MBE for Voluntary Groups and we are very excited to have been chosen.

DEAFvibe was launched in February 2010 and in the last four years it has become a very important organisation for those who are Deaf or experience a hearing loss as well as their family, friends and professionals involved in their lives and care.

DEAFvibe is very lucky to have such a dedicated and committed group of volunteers and without all of you - DEAFvibe would not be so vibrant and successful.

Arrangements are being made for a "party" - 'award reception ceremony'. The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire will be invited and will present a Signed Certificate by Her Majesty, the Queen and a Crystal Award to DEAFvibe and you will receive an invitation to the "party". We will let you know when the party will be.

Click here to download the full press release

For more information about the campaign please click on the image.

Action on Hearing Loss Hearing Aid Campaign


It is with great sadness that we have to announce the resignation of our Co-founder ROWAN ROBINSON.

DEAFvibe was the dream of both Rowan and Alison France many years ago and after a lot of investigations and exploration DEAFvibe was formed in February 2010.

Click here to read the full article



Stoke and North Staffordshire Deaf Childrens Society

Family Sign Classes, set up by the Stoke and North Staffordshire Deaf Children’s Society. It is being run by a NDCS family sign language tutor Erica and is fully funded by the NDCS. It is for Stoke families and North Staffordshire Families. Click here to download the Flyer/Poster

A short video has been profduced by the Health Service Ombudsman in British Sign Language (BSL) to raise awareness of their work among Deaf people and to make their service more accessible. The video explains what they do, how they can help and how to contact them. It also explains how adjustments can be made to meet the communications needs of Deaf people.

Please follow this link to view the video:

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