There are lots of Deaf or Hard of Hearing people who are currently struggling with isolation due to communication barriers and/or living on their own. This in turn can affect their mental health and wellbeing.
So, to try and reduce this, Zebra Access are now offering a remote befriending scheme, via FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype to provide people with some company and ensure their social needs are being met.
Zebra Access have created a BSL video to inform deaf people of this service. To arrange a befriending appointment and to find more information please visit the website.
This service is being offered nationally during the lockdown as volunteers can work remotely. Once the lockdown has been lifted, volunteers will be able to visit clients. The visiting befriending service is limited to the Black Country area, including Sandwell.
Zebra Access can offer a wide range of services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This can vary from free BSL session/s for non-profit organisations and families to Deaf awareness sessions, advocacy support, coffee mornings and community events.