About us

In existence since 2002, Deaflink is the only organisation within Newcastle that works with D/deaf (with a capital 'D' referring to British Sign Language users), Hard-of-Hearing and Deafblind people.

The aim of Deaflink is to:

  • Improve access to employment, education, health, leisure and social opportunities for all D/deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people in Newcastle and the North East
  • To raise awareness of the needs of these excluded groups to statutory and voluntary/private organisations and agencies
  • To act as a consultative group offering training support and advocacy

FactsSIG logo

1 in 6 people have some degree of hearing loss, that's nearly 450,000 people in the North East.

There are almost 3000 people in the NE who use BSL as their first language.

Deaflink is the only charity working across the whole North East with deaf people.

Deaflink offers a range of services including forums and Support groups each month.

Deaflink can help organisations to be more inclusive and deaf aware through staff training.

Deaflink works to improve access to education, health, employment, leisure and social opportunities for deaf, Deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Useful links

 Newcastle City Council Social Care Direct - Adult social care services for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted, deafblind people. Click here for more information.

If anyone Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing living in Newcastle is struggling they can arrange a needs assessment by contacting Social Care Direct on 0191 2788377 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Once the assessment is complete, equipment can be offered free of charge and is not means tested.  Once equipment has been provided subsequent equipment would need to be self-funded. There is a website to support the identification of equipment and clients should visit www.myequipmentnewcastle.org.uk

Another Council Services can be found on this link http://www.deaflink.org.uk/important-services/city-council

See our Safeguarding Adults BSL/Subtitled videos for different types of abuse and how to report - Click here

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Deaflink North East is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales; Company No. 7982375; charity number 1147237.