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Advocacy for the Deaf and Deaf Blind


Board Directors: Jeff Crooke (Chairperson) Heather Berwick (Secretary)  David Bridge (Treasurer)

Advocates: Sylvia Dobinson and Linda Crooke

Registered Charity Number: 1173545


Tel and Text: 07874127974




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What is Network Circle for Deafness?

British Sign Language User

Hello welcome NCFD

NCFD mean what?

“Network circle for deafness”

NCFD what? Advocacy

“Advocacy” means “help”

Help what? Housing rent, benefits problem, will happy help you!

Can many helps benefit income support, Incapity Benefits, SDA, also DLA, and PIP.

Many people have problem, worry/panic form not understand English.

Can help you with form English to BSL (British Sign Language) /SSE Signed Support English signing can!

Have other support, need support health care, finding solicitor, bus pass form, need any help. Happy to help too!



Hello, welcome to NCFD

What does NCFD mean? NCFD means Network Circle for Deafness.

What does NCFD do? NCFD does advocacy. Advocacy means help.

Help with what? NCFD can help with housing, rent, benefit problems, debt etc. We can help with all benefits. ie. Income Support, E.S.A. and also DLA & PIP.

Lots of people have problems understanding for due to not understanding English. They worry and panic.

We can help with forms and translate from English to BSL (British Sign Language) or SSE (Sign Supported English).

We also offer help and support with health care, finding a solicitor, bus pass forms etc.

We are happy to help with anything.

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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.

About Us

We thought you may be interested in knowing a little more about our backgrounds and reasons for becoming Advocates and setting up our Service.

It all began when......

Initially, we began our service in Bury Deaf Society, during 2013 helping local Deaf members with a variety of issues.

In 2014 we were invited to attend a meeting being held at Bolton Deaf Society, which led to our service becoming resident there. Initially the invitation was for us to run a pilot scheme, where we could assess the need of the service by the Community. The first few weeks were a little quiet until members became aware of who we were and what we did. Once we had supported one or two people, we have been busier and busier to the point of needing to increase the number of advocates on our team.

Our service and experience is now expanding to cover Sensory as a whole, to include Hard of Hearing and Visual impaired, along with some learning disabilities.

In 2015 we celebrated with our Launch after being awarded a Lottery Grant to help us continue with our service, please take some time to have a look at our picture gallery of the event.

As we are based in Bolton Deaf Society, we felt you may like to know some brief information of the local history related to it and our reasons for feeling this is the right place for us to be based.

Bolton Deaf Society has a long History and in the 1970’s to mark a century of progress for the Society, a book was written to tell the story of Bolton Deaf Society.

Network Circle for Deafness  now as a team of 8 volunteers which consists of 2 Senior Advocates, 1 advocate  and 3 trainee advocates and 2 relay interpreters, one of which is also a trainee advocate.

A little bit of the history of the deaf culture, deaf community and their language.

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Network Circle for Deafness

Bolton Deaf Society
Bark Street
Telephone or Text number: 07874127974

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Network Circle for Deafness Hours of Opening:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9am – 5pm. For choices and information.



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