Saturday 7th December
from 2pm till 4pm.
at The Centre
St Marys Street
Free glass of mulled wine
and a mince pie.
our wonderful Evin will be your Host
The Friendship Café
Saturday 7th December from 2pm till 4pm.
Free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie
Our wonderful Evin will be hosting it.
Come down and have a chat and laugh with some familiar faces…..and make some new friends.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Click here for poster: Friendship Cafe 2019 poster
Leeds Involving People are working with Leeds City Council to provide an opportunity for women (over the age of 18) to speak about the barriers they face and identify solutions that would help tackle some of these barriers.
Thursday 28th November, 1pm till 3pm
Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People
St Mary’s Street
Women are invited to attend this Focus Group
Participants will receive a £10 voucher for attending.
To book your place, please contact Leeds Involving People:
0113 237 4508 / 0793 493 6927 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Meetings for all Benefits
Date: Thursday 10th October
Time: Afternoon: 2pm till 3:30pm – Evening: 7pm till 8:30pm
Venue: Leeds Deaf Centre, St Marys Street, Leeds LS9 8DP
Sheffield Deaf Advice Team will give a talk about
Universal Credit and also give 1-2-1 advice
6 August 2019
UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues
A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs.
It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by partial sight loss, and this is expected to rise to 2.4 million by 2024. The number affected by hearing loss is estimated at 11 million, and this is also rising.
These issues cost the UK economy £58billion in total every year. This takes into account, medical costs, for example falls and fractures caused by visual impairment, an increased risk of dementia due to hearing loss, service costs, and reduced employment. Around 50 per cent of all sight loss is believed to be preventable.
Researchers and charities have now come together to campaign for the first ever UK National Eye-health and Hearing Study (UKNEHS). The data generated by a detailed survey will help cut the cost to the economy and better inform policy makers and service providers, with a focus on prevention.
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Executive Board of the UKNEHS said “The UK has not invested effectively in collecting population data for vision and hearing loss. The UKNEHS is of vital importance to current and future generations if we are serious about providing quality, evidence-based services in these areas.”
The case for investment, published today by Vision UK, which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, outlines the details of the study. It would see 25,000 participants undergo an eye and hearing examination and complete a standardised general questionnaire.
Lord Colin Low, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, stated: “If the UK is serious about reducing the levels of preventable visual impairment and hearing loss, then we must have the data that the UKNEHS will provide.
“If we don’t fund this kind of research we are saying that we accept that people living in the UK will lose their vision and hearing due to preventable causes, and that it is OK for them to live with hearing and vision loss that is treatable.”
The study will determine the prevalence and causes of vision impairment, blindness and hearing loss in the UK population aged 50 and over.
The study will also measure the detection and treatment coverage rate of major eye diseases and associated conditions, such as diabetes, in order to understand the effectiveness of current services.
Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chief Investigator of the UKNEHS, said: “Growing demand from an ageing population and increasing incidence of long-term conditions will exacerbate existing issues in the system. However, policy makers are completely in the dark about the scale of the problem because no comprehensive survey has ever been done in this country.
“Other countries across the world regularly survey their populations, allowing them to make informed decisions about care and treatment, identify trends and take action.
“We know the costs – to the NHS and the UK economy – of these issues runs into the tens of billions of pounds every year, so it is imperative that we understand more about our eye and hearing health, so that we can better address people’s needs and reduce costs.”
The UKNEHS brings together a number of partners including ARU, The Thomas Pocklington Trust, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists.
The report has been submitted to the UK Government. The UKNEHS needs the public to ask their MPs to support the project – e-mail contact@UKNEHS.org.uk to find out how.
Notes to Editors
ARU is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition. Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents. Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.
ARU’s Research Institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research.
We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.
Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG)
Two Deaf men have captured the imagination of the Deaf community by setting out on a walk from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money to support treatment for Deaf people with mental health problems.
Mark Hodgson and Daniel Dorney are walking to raise £10,000 for Deaf4Deaf and SignHealth to support their work to give Deaf people services like counselling in BSL. They are accompanied by support driver Christopher Potts.
At the time of writing, they have already raised £6,480, which suggests the final sum they raise may be more than their target sum.
Mark and Daniel have set up a Just Giving page, and you can donate here.
Starting on Monday 4th February 2019, then first Monday of every month except May when the group will be held on Monday 13th May.
Deaf parents with deaf children
Hearing parents with deaf children
Siblings are welcome
10am – 12pm
First Monday of every month up to December
The Centre, St Mary’s street, Leeds, LS9 7DP