Help & Support

Durham Deafened Support can offer valuable help and support by offering Community Support Groups including Lip Reading, Tinnitus Support and Events.

Support Groups are beginning to return – the following groups have already returned

  • Lip reading groups in Horden
  • Seaham Lip Reading (temporarily relocated to Horden)
  • Bishop Auckland Lip Reading
  • Group for People with Dual Sensory Loss
  • Craft Group in Horden

These groups will be starting in the next few weeks

  • Coxhoe Crafts – probably returning Monday 10th May

Unfortunately not all of the venues that we use, have re-opened, which is why not all of groups have a return date, we will let you know as soon as possible when your group will restart.  Additionally if you attend a Yoga Group these are not permitted to return until the week beginning the 17th May at the absolute earliest.

We hope to have some walks up and running shortly, so watch this space for details.

Watch this space for details of the return of your support group

Return of Support Groups - Risk Assessment

In anticipation of the return of our support groups, we have updated our Coronavirus Risk Assessment in accordance with Government guidelines on steps to reduce the possible transmission of Covid-19 and any future variant. 

Community Support Groups including Lip Reading

All tutors who undertake this group on behalf of Durham Deafened Support are trained by ATLA.  Attendance at groups is by referral only, please contact the office, click here to contact us.

Recent Feedback Received:

"Words cannot fully describe the difference that attending this group has made to my mother.  An active, intelligent and educated lady, she was becoming increasingly isolated despite having family and friends.

This group has quite literally transformed her life, providing techniques for dealing with her hearing loss and also support, friendship and warm, caring companionship at the group sessions.  It has helped us as a family to better communicate and we are extremely grateful for all it has done to improve our mothers quality of life.

A Big ‘Thank You’"

Details of Community Support Groups

Newton Aycliffe

Monday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Wednesday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Wednesday - 1:30pm to 3:30pm


Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Thursday - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Thursday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Thursday 1:30PM - 3:30PM


Friday 10AM - 12noon


Friday 1PM-3PM

Bishop Auckland

Friday 1:30PM-3:30PM


Thursday10AM to 12 noon


Thursday 1:30PM to 3:30PM

Cochlear Implant Friendship Group

Do you have a Cochlear Implant, require about the programme or just want to know more about the procedure.

If so DDS can help we offer regular cochlear implant friendship groups supported by Palantype.  The date of the next Cochlear Implant Friendship Group will be announced shortly.   Please contact DDS if you would like to attend


DDS have been acutely aware of the  number of  our members being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Some of our members undertook a bespoke awareness session  with Palantype facilitating communication, the pace was slower for people to lip-read and digest the information shown. 

Being realistic the aim wasn’t around “ticking a box’ to say a person has attended a structured education session, but that deafened and hard of hearing people with type 2 diabetes receivedthe  information they needed  and felt  they understood their condition and were  able to manage their diabetes better. The course was as light as possible while still getting the message across regarding being responsible for our own health eg diet, fitness, and medication.
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If you, or someone you know has a hearing loss and has Type 2 Diabetes contact us, this will enable us to keep you informed as to what is happening next

Mental Health

DDS are becoming acutely aware of the links between Mental Health & Hearing Loss.

This is a developing area of work, please watch this space for further details


If you are a DDS member and are unsure whether you are in receipt of your correct benefit entitlement or require assistance with forms etc, please get in touch.

We have staff available who are able to specifically help with Benefits

Tinnitus Support


Last Tuesday of each month (excluding December)

1:30pm to 3:00pm


10AM to 11:30AM

Last Friday of each month with the exception of December


Last Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays and December)

1:00PM to 2:30PM

Social Group for People with Balance Problems

Do you have symptoms such as 

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Brain Fog
  • Falls
  • Visual Overload

If so DDS have a new social group for people with balance problems which meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Bishop Auckland.  Please contact us for more details