NETWORK CIRCLE FOR DEAFNESS
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.
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.