New Tinnitus Support Group
Starts 29th September - Newton Aycliffe
 New Yoga Class
Starts Friday 15th September - Bishop Auckland
Keller Court
Outreach returns at Keller Court
Exciting News!
New Evening Lip Reading Group
Are you a member with Type 2 Diabetes?
Please read on for more information
New Address
DDS have now moved!!
Support Group Holidays
Find out when your Support Group is on holiday
DDS Patron
Matt Baker
Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Durham Deafened Support is a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime. What is Hate Crime? Please check out our page here.

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Durham County Council
This website has information on transport & streets, leisure & culture and community & living.

Contacting Social Care Direct: You can contact them by:
Telephoning 03000 267979 - you will speak to a Contact Officer for more details click here
Fax 0191 3835752
A text message from your mobile phone 0778 6027280

Fill in a Social Care Direct Enquiry Form 

Social Care Direct is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on a Friday.  In an emergency ring Social Care Direct on 0845 8505010

Bus Passes - If you've had a concessionary bus pass for over four years, you may have noticed that it runs out  on 31 March 2013.  DCC have posted out new passes but if your information has changed please ring 03000 268 667 or visit their website

Durham County Council’s Equipment Advice Service provides information to help people live independently. Their specialist staff offer impartial advice over the telephone or by e-mail to anyone who lives in County Durham.

They can:

  • advise you about specific equipment and services
  • send out brochures or information which may be useful to you
  • help you find products, information and suppliers

The Equipment Advice Service can be contacted between Monday and Thursday from 10.00am - telephoning 03000 265667

Or by email on  


Offer support to D/deaf, Deafblind, Hard-of-Hearing and Deafened people and their families across the North East. They provide some services and can signpost you to others

Working without hearing 

How to keep your job or find another one when you are profoundly deaf

National Association Of Deafened People
Recognised as the national representative organisation offering support for deafened people who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, and for their families and friends, to help them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life. 

Disabled Persons Railcard
This website gives information about the Disabled Persons Railcard and the discounts that it provides when travelling by train in Britain.

Hearing Link

Hearing Link is the UK hearing loss organisation that makes you find the right information, services and support.  It is for people with any level of hearing loss and for their famillies too.

Contact Details:
Hearing Link Head Office, 27-28 The Waterfront, Eastbourne, East Essex BN23 5UZ.  Tel: 0300 111 1113, Text/SMS: 07526 123255, Fax: 01323 471260, Email:

British Tinnitus Asssociation

DDS are members of the British Tinnitus Association, we offer four tinnitus support groups run by a Lay Counsellor who is trained by the BTA. Clicking on the link above may help to answer some of the questions you may have about tinnitus.

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

To find out more about hearing dogs, their criteria for application and how to apply please click on link above


To find out more information about equipment that you may assist you with your hearing loss please click the link above

NHS Choices

To find out more information about your NHS please click the link above

Matt Baker

To find out more about the DDS Patron Matt Baker please click the link above