History of Deaflink

Project 2000 was the start of discussions between a small group of Deaf people and Newcastle Sensory Support team on how to reach out and empower D/deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people in the city. This resulted in the funding of a Community Development worker post and the birth of Deaflink.  Deaflink was based at Newcastle Healthy City, an organisation providing support and development opportunities to community led groups.

In 2002 a conference called “Your Chance ,Your Views” highlighted the needs of D/deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people within Education; Health; Public Services and Community Safety and this led to a clear vision for the development of Deaflink’s work.

In 2012 Deaflink stepped out on the journey of independence as a registered charity. Led by D/deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people, with over 450 service users on our data base and a bigger vision for the future.

Recently when asked "what did they feel that Deaflink stood for?" The committee members (all D/deaf volunteers) stated it provided:

  • Building opportunities together
  • Better access leading to better services from others.
  • Hand of friendship
  • Support for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing groups
  • A voice
  • Campaigning to raise awareness and challenge
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Improving the quality of life of deaf and hard-of-hearing communities
  • New opportunities which opens doors
  • Inclusive connecting with other 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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Upcoming events

Deaf Men's Health Forum 4 December 2017 at 1:30pm
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Deaflink North East is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales; Company No. 7982375; charity number 1147237.