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About Us

Wales Council for Deaf People is the major voluntary body in Wales concerned with deafness. Our registered offices are in Pontypridd, but our work extends right across Wales.

We are an umbrella association of organisations both voluntary and statutory working in the field of hearing loss and representing people who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deaf/blind.

Our main aim is to support all activities of benefit to people in Wales with hearing loss and enable them to lead fuller, more independent lives.

This is essential as approximately 90% of people over the age of 80 will have some degree of hearing loss. Across the UK population 10 million people currently have hearing loss – that’s 1 in every 6 people and this number will grow. By 2031 there will be more than 14.5 million people in the UK with hearing loss.

Diagnosis of hearing loss can be somewhat hit and miss with many people not being identified soon enough. This delay in getting help can have devastating consequences – it leads to high levels of isolation and exclusion and more than doubles the risk of depression in older people. Even relatively mild hearing loss nearly doubles the risk of developing dementia.

Our activities can be broken down to the following main areas:

Hard of Hearing

We currently have 20 Hard of Hearing groups set up across Wales for elderly people with acquired hearing loss. We work with local people across Wales to help them set up their own Hard of Hearing Support Groups. We provide the groups with a start-up grant and also offer advice on setting up and running the groups. We can also help with applications for ongoing funding.

Our groups usually meet on a monthly basis and help members take better control of their hearing loss, provide information and support on all aspects of their condition and gain an understanding of what help and assistive equipment they can and should expect to have access to.

To find a group available in your area, please click here.

Or if you want to speak to us for information on our groups or any other deaf-related issues, please contact us.

Lip-reading

One of our recent projects was to train lip-reading tutors to enable them to deliver lip-reading classes and address the communication needs of the increasing numbers of people with age related hearing loss who find themselves cut off from friends, family and many of their former activities.

If you are interested in attending a lip reading class to help with your communication, we can help you! Lip reading classes are very informal and friendly but are taught by qualified tutors. It is not like school and you can learn at your own pace. Why not come along and give it a go! You’ll be surprised what you can learn.

To find a lip-reading class available in your area, please click here.

For further details on what is happening in your area or if you wish to speak to someone, contact our project worker, Grace Garnett contact us.

Communication

We provide a range of communication/interpreting services for Deaf people across Wales. This work is carried out with both private and public sectors.

Our Communication Agency has run for over 20 years. Our efficient service can help facilitate communication between private/public service personnel and deaf/hard of hearing people.

For further information or to book an interpreter click here.

Information and Advice

Wales Council for Deaf People offers a number of services and equipment to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and organisations on deaf related issues.

For further information please click here.

Training

We provide Deaf Awareness, Sensory Awareness and Sign Language training courses. We are currently working with several Local Health boards to deliver training to their staff.

For further information click here.

Activity Weekends

We aim to secure grant funding each year to enable Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Young Adults to take part in Activity weekends to help build their social skills and confidence.

To find out more about these weekends & what’s planned for the coming year please click here.

Meeting & Conference Facilities

We have excellent meeting, conference and IT facilities available at our A1 Conference Centre in the heart of Pontypridd. For further information click here.

For all of our services, contact us or phone 01443 485687 or email us at: mail@wcdeaf.org.uk.

We look forward to speaking to you soon!