Deaf News: Deaf community protest over closure of Liverpool charity office (via Liverpool Echo)

Posted on April 1, 2016

Deaf people in Liverpool have protested about the closure of an Action on Hearing Loss Communication Support Unit in the city.

The unit has been relocated to Peterborough, with ten jobs being lost.

Extract from the Liverpool Echo:

Dozens of members of Merseyside’s deaf community held a protest in Liverpool over the closure of a deaf charity’s city centre office.

Action on Hearing Loss – formerly the RNID – is to shut its Communication Support Unit (CSU) in The Plaza, off Old Hall Street.

The charity says it is moving the unit to Peterborough as part of cost savings measures, with the loss of 10 jobs.

Local people who use the service say it will mean they will struggle to get interpreters, but the charity insists no one will be left without support.

One of the demonstrators, Louise Reecejones, said: “Our main concern is that the new people in Peterborough will not understand the needs of individuals. The people here know their users needs and are able to provide specific services because of the relationships they have with them.”

She said deaf community members have concerns over their access to communication support – interpreters – for appointments such as hospital visits, GP appointments, opticians and work.

Another protestor, Rev Hannah Lewis, added: “Deaf people regularly visit the office here, and have done for 21 years.

“What about those who do not use text messages, phone or email, those who come into the office here, what is going to happen to them.”

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