Top tips on how to be Deaf Aware

  • Top deaf awareness tipsMake sure you have the attention of the person before you start speaking
  • Places with good lighting and little or no background noise are best for conversations
  • Use plain language, normal lip movements and facial expressions
  • Check whether the person understands what you are saying and, if not, try saying it in a different way.
  • Keep your voice down as it’s uncomfortable for hearing aid user if you shout.
  • Learn basic finger spelling or some basic British Sign Language (BSL)

Janine Roebuck’s story

Despite being profoundly deaf, I’ve had a successful 30-year career as a soloistWhen I was 18 I found out that I had a hereditary, progressive hearing loss. I was told that I would never be able to fulfill my dreams of becoming an opera singer, but I refused to accept this ‘deaf’ sentence.

“Despite being profoundly deaf, I’ve had a successful 30-year career as a soloist – captivating audiences, receiving standing ovations and winning prestigious awards.”


Deaf Awareness Week 2016

I Definitely CanThis year Action on Hearing Loss is tearing up society’s assumptions about people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

They are turning the spotlight on the incredible things they CAN do. With your help, and busting the myths and accentuating the positive during daily discussions.

Tell them your story

They are determined to realise a society that is truly deaf aware. Communicating people’s stories is helping us get there.

That’s why they would love you to tell them – and the wider world – about your personal experience of deafness or hearing loss, whether it’s yours or that of a friend or relative.

If you would like to help raise awareness through sharing your experiences, please tell them your story

Action on Hearing Loss www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/get-involved/deaf-awareness-week.aspx

Live Well Kent

Live-Well-Kent websiteThe Live Well Kent new community mental health and wellbeing service launches today.  The new Live Well Kent service is there to help people improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free service for anyone over 17. Live Well Kent is delivered on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS by two charities, Porchlight and Shaw Trust.

Some of the things Live Well Kent can help with are: (more…)

Transformation Plan for Young People

NHS Ashford CCG



The Kent Transformation Plan for Children, Young People and Young Adults has just been published. The Kent Transformation Plan was developed with children, young people, professionals and partners who have been working locally and across Clinical Commissioning Groups to deal with the challenging issues of mental health and wellbeing.

Local and county-wide needs have been examined and provision and good practice and have developed and designed for a whole-system for Kent which puts children, young people and young adults at the heart of services. (more…)

Save up to £200 on your energy bills

Free Energy Advice

Sure Steps, Kennington

Wednesday 2nd March

9am – 10.30am and 11am – 12.30pm

Willow Centre (South Ashford)

Thursday 3rd March

9.30am – 11am

Energy ChampionYou could save up to £200 on your bills and stay warm

If you

  • have not switched energy tariffs in the last two years, or
  • are uncertain of what you bills mean or how you are being charged.

Bring your electricity and gas bills with you

If you know anyone who does not have internet access, is confused by bills or finds it difficult to deal with utility companies do recommend that they attend one of these sessions (more…)

Ashford needs foster carers

Kent County CouncilAs the New Year kicks off those people thinking about a new career might want to consider becoming a foster carer.

Foster carers need a spare room in their home and the determination and understanding to make life better for vulnerable children in Kent.  They can be single, in a long-term relationship, with or without children and do not need to own their own home.

Anyone interested should come along to the next fostering information evening being held on Thursday 14 January in Singleton Village Hall, Ashford, the presentation will start at 7pm. 21 January 2016, 7pm (more…)

KFRS Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18

Kent Fire and Rescue LogoHelp Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s plan for the future

This is your chance to have your say about Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) plans to develop and improve their services, while still making essential savings by filling in our online Safety and Wellbeing Plan survey.

The consultation is open until 16 January 2016, and the outcomes will be presented to Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority at its meeting on 12 February 2016. You can read the Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18 and all the supporting documentation using the links on KFRS web page. (more…)