"Carer, Family and Friends of Deaf People Involvement"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a carer/relative),

We are members of Carers, Family and Friends of Deaf people Forum and we meet once a month at the involvement Centre at Rosewood (New Ollerton) usually on the third Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm. We recently had an extra meeting to celebrate Deaf Awareness week and were pleased to welcome some new faces.

The Deaf Awareness Event was particularly valuable to some of us as it has helped to learn of others experiences and know that we are not alone. We all agree that communication is important and we know that different styles of communicating can lead to misunderstandings and frustrations. Although we know that support and services have improved we would like to see equality for all Deaf people.

We are always keen to expand the group and get more involved in supporting anyone who has an interest to support Deaf people.

It’s nice to be involved with those who understand what you go through. The meeting is a break time away for yourself. We were strangers and now we are friends and even meet outside of the regular forum. We Share difficulties but humour is very important to us it’s not always serious

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Response from Emmanuel Chan, Specialist Lead, , Deaf Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

AMH Deaf Services team is committed to working with carers, families and friends of Deaf people and promoting Deaf awareness. We are pleased that more members are now involved in the Forum and value the support and friendship between them and from our Involvement team, particularly Rosewood Involvement Centre. We hope their stories can help others to understand the experience of deaf people and their carers and families in healthcare settings as improving their access will have positive impacts on their recovery and wellbeing.

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