Deaf & Blind Group
Group and Project Information
Open Forums Encourage Networking
Open Forums create opportunities for people with disability and long term conditions to come together to discuss the issues that affect their lives.
We enable people to participate and influence decision-making processes through building confidence and representational skills. This is particularly useful if you wish to influence or change local service provision at all levels within the local, regional and national settings.
We invite people from other interested organisations, so our forums are networking meetings, where disabled people can become decision-makers.
Deafblind Group Linkworker
Hi, I'm Geoff, I am a Deaf person, who used to work for Community Pride as a Deaf Linkworker in Salford and Manchester, dealing with all issues of Deafness and Hard of Hearing and the Deaf Blind in the cities. I was elected as Vice-Chair for the Forum at the last AGM. If any members of the Forum want to talk to me about any topics regarding the Forum I will be pleased to have a chat with you. I am an active member of Salford Deaf Gathering - we meet in the Folly Social Club, Station Road, Swinton on the last Thursday of the month. You are most welcome to join us.
Deafblind Group Volunteer
I am Lyndon Huetson, I have been a volunteer for Salford Disability Forum for 6 years. I attend each Monday and every month I join the deaf blind meeting as support for Geoff.
At the Deafblind Social meeting we bring in speakers to talk about different topics and issues on how we as a group can campaign to improve the barriers which are affecting your everyday routines. Some of the topics we cover include:
Getting to know each other
Working as a team to make changes
Talking and sharing problems that might affect us
Speakers explain what you need to know
Campaigning on improving services to meet the needs of a Deafblind persons
Access to hospitals
Access to shops and having an assistant to help
Deafblind Network and Social Group meet at St. George's Resource Centre, Cromwell Road, Salford, M6 6SB
On the first Monday of each month
From 10:30 am —12.30 pm
All welcome to join the friendly group
For the Deaf and Blind Group please contact Mr. Geoff Fletcher only by TXT or E-mail. He will tell you about Deaf and Blind Group.
Salford Disability Choir and Art Group
The Board has representatives from other disability groups and organisations. The Forum welcomes groups across the city to come and join in its work.
We all had a lovely day and the mayor and his wife came to see all the work we had been doing. They were really interested and joined in with the glass painting.
Salford Disability Choir on a visit to Ordsall Hall to find out people lived in the Tudor era.
The forum has developed its advocacy service over the last four years and offers self advocacy, citizen advocacy, paid advocates and peer advocacy. Some examples of situations where the forum has advocated successfully are; benefit entitlement, access to social care, access to appropriate housing, access to direct payments and access to services for refugees.
We support and enable people to, express their views and concerns regarding their difficulties, use a range of services and access some of the local community places that have low disability friendly access.