DeafCOG's Fortnightly News Bulletin and What's On!

Week Starting: ​14 October 2019

East Sussex County Council's Adult Social Care and Health















The Lead Member for East Sussex County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health have made a decision to cut support to people who:

  • Need help to pay for meals at home - 'Meals on Wheels'

  • Need support but are still of working age, so help with access to letters, support with care needs etc.


Some people may still get support if high need. The Council will carry out reviews for working age adults who currently get support.

  • Want support with a review?

  • If this affects you or someone you know?

  • Are you worried about this?

  • Need more information?


DeafCOG and Action Deafness have a support service that can help. Please click here for more details.


Need help or more info - please click here get in touch with DeafCOG, or ask someone to help you contact us.

DeafCOG and Brighton Dome - Further Accessible Service for Deaf Service Users

DeafCOG and Brighton Dome have forged a robust relationship in ensuring accessible service for Deaf service users. Brighton Dome have made their website so much easier to navigate to information on BSL and captioned performances and as well as the news in BSL.

As they continue to make their service even more accessible and flexible, they recently experimented with the use of tablets (both iOS and Android operating systems) for live captions on a live performance. It was a great success and because of that they have kindly arranged limited and dedicated seats for Deaf people to watch Jonathan Pie: The Fake News Tour on Sunday, 27 October, starting at 7.30pm.

Once you have bought a ticket - you will need to bring your own tablet (make sure it is FULLY CHARGED and WIFI enabled) and meet at the ticket office at 7pm sharp. A member of staff will meet the Deaf group to give instructions on how to connect to the caption system via the weblink.


Each ticket cost £19.


How to book:

  • Email:

  • Phone: 01273 709709

  • In person: Brighton Dome Ticket Office, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE.

Please make sure you leave them with your email address as they will want to send you the weblink address to put on your tablet.

Any questions, please email

Remember spaces are limited -  BOOK now!

SignLive at Brighton and Hove City Council & NHS Brighton and Hove CCG











Great News! In BSL - SignLive is available under Brighton and Hove City Council and NHS Brighton and Hove CCG (part of the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance).

BSL on Brighton and Hove City Council Website Online Survey



DeafCOG have completed the online survey and we will be sending their report to Brighton and Hove City Council very soon. We hope to set up a focus group invited members of the Deaf community for further talks.

Cafe Social - Eastbourne

The next get together is on Wednesday, 23 October at the Snug Cafe, Trinity Place, Eastbourne. See for more information.

Deaf Ramble at Medieval Burwash

We had an excellent turnout with 12 ramblers joining us for the 6.33 mile ramble in Medieval Burwash which took us 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Such a beautiful countryside with rivers, farm animals and beautiful country houses including the Bateman's House where Rudyard Kipling lived. We all mucked in talking about Deaf mental health, Deaf culture, education for Deaf children / students and of course British Sign Language. We ended up having a nice drink and a little snack at the local pub which was enjoyed by all.


We are planning another ramble - hopefully in the last week of November.








Brighton & Hove Deaf Services Liaison Forum Meeting

The last meeting on Tuesday, 9 October was very productive and the minutes will be made available in BSL very soon. Previous and present minutes in BSL can be found by clicking here.

Our Engagement Work with Local & Public Health Authorities, Government and Education

As always DeafCOG are busy engaging with various public bodies.

Recent Engagement Work

  • We were at St Richards Roman Catholic College in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex promoting the European Languages' Day with 130 pupils and we ended up with teachers wanting to join us!

  • During the National Inclusion Week - we did a session in Lewes, East Sussex with the staff from East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups on Deaf Perspectives.

  • As highlighted by DeafCOG - East Sussex NHS Trust invited the Deaf community to a Deaf-user group meeting to talk about their hospital / clinic and healthcentre experience. Interpreters on Wheels / iPad are now in 50 departments run by the East Sussex NHS Trust. It was agreed to hold meetings every 2 months until further notice. This is to give the Deaf community a chance to see how things are developing in terms of accessibility. DeafCOG are continuing to work closely with the Trust especially on missed communication support, Deaf Perspectives and future engagements.

Future Engagement Work

We will be attending various events to promote our work and more importantly the needs of the Deaf community:

  • UK Council on Deafness Conference on Monday, 11 November 2019 - Creating a Dialogue: Person-centred Practice with D/deaf people in Health and Social Care.

  • Equalities Engagement Event on Monday, 11 November 2019 arranged by NHS Brighton and Hove CCG.

  • Digital Workshop on Friday, 8 November 2019 arranged by East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care.

We will be engaging shortly with the following organisations and public health bodies to highlight inaccessible services for the Deaf community and Deaf Mental Health in East Sussex:


  • Healthwatch East Sussex.

  • Job Centre Plus / DWP - Hastings.

  • Health in Mind - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Sussex Police

  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (Brighton and Hove section)

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups from East and West Sussex

  • Director for Public Health, East Sussex County Council