Useful links

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Durham County Council

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

Social Care Direct


03000 267979


0191 3835752

Send an SMS:

0778 6027280


Social Care Direct is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am until 4.30pm on Friday.

In an emergency situation, a duty officer is available outside of normal office hours on the telephone number listed on this page. If faxing or emailing outside of normal working office hours, please be aware that these enquiries will be dealt with on the next working day.

Get more information about DCC Social Care Direct.

Equipment Advice Service

Durham County Council's Equipment Advice Service provides information to help people live independently and work with individuals to help them in their home. THer 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.


03000 265667


The Equipment Advice Service can be contacted between Monday and Thursday from 10.00am - 3.00pm.

Get more information on the Equipment Advice Service from Durham County Council.

DDS Patron - Matt Baker

MattBaker.pngDDS are delighted to welcome Matt Baker presenter of 'The One Show' and 'Countryfile' as their patron.  Matt is a local man having spent his early childhood living in Easington before his parents bought a farm in the West of Durham.  Matt has previously been a presenter on the popular children's programme 'Blue Peter' and I'm sure that most of you can remember his success as a former finalist on Strictly Come Dancing.

Matt Baker - Official Website

Other links

Durham Locate

The place to find out about adult care, support, information and advice in County Durham.


Deaflink 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

Informaiton on how to keep your job or find another one when you are profoundly deaf.


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 Association

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.

Hear 4 You - Shop

Provider of specialist equipment for those suffering from hearing loss.

Ménière’s Society

The UK's leading charity for people with dizziness and balance disorders of vestibular (inner ear) origin.