Published: 20/12/2012 12:00 - Updated: 19/12/2012 10:38

Council supports new deaf drop-in service

Bedford Borough CouncilBedford Borough Council is supporting the launch of a new drop-in service for people who are deaf.

The service will be available at the POhWER offices in Mill Street, Bedford, and will offer individuals advice on ways to remove the barriers of communication that make accessing support difficult for the deaf community.

The service will run over a three month trial period, from January to March 2013.

The information gained from this pilot will feed into plans that will assist the deaf community going forward, which, if they prove valuable to this group, could mean that the drop-in sessions continue.

The drop-in events will host British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters who will be able to aid communication between POhWER’s advocates and deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL).

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Following engagement with the local deaf community, we realised we need to provide specialist advocacy sessions for people who are deaf.”

The drop in service will be held on the first Monday of every month, starting on Monday 7 January 2013, from 10am - 1pm and the third Tuesday of every month from 1pm - 4pm.


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You can contact POhWER by phone on 07920 803 452, or via email to, or via fax on 01234 220 099.

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