A STAFFORD deaf woman fed up of struggling to find a support group has decided to set up her own – and is urging anyone interested to get in touch.
Hayley Bagshaw, 28, wants to organise a regular gathering specifically for those aged 18 to 45. She says while there are groups in Stafford , including one for all levels of deafness and another specifically for sign language users, she fears there is not a lot available for younger people.
Hayley, who lives just outside of the town centre and is also registered blind, is keen to get a fortnightly session going for people to meet up, support each other and keep in touch via email in between meetings.
“I used to go to deaf Children’s Society meetings when I was younger and found them very useful,” she said. “It seems once you hit adulthood there isn’t so much support. There is a club in Stoke but it is too far for me to travel.
“Although the groups in Stafford are good they are for people older than myself. “My sight is bad enough to be on a blind scale but I can see very close up and I have magnifiers and enlarging devices for my use to help me. I can get about but it is difficult.
“I can sign and I understand it but I use speech as my primary form of communication. Being deaf can be isolating in social situations. I thought it would be good to set up a group, where we can also organise social events and people can bring their partners, friends or family members for company and also to help the hearing people understand more.”
Anyone aged 18 to 45 who would like to be involved or help set up a group should contact Hayaley Bagshaw via email at firstname.lastname@example.org