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Networks supporting deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired civil servants

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Are you or any of your colleagues deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired?

Are you aware of the support available to you from the Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network or the Civil Service Visual Network?

The networks were formed by Simon Skerritt in 2017 as sub networks of the Civil Service Disability Network.

Their aims are

  • To support civil servants who are deaf, have hearing loss or visual impairment and to make them feel more inclusive across the Civil Service.
  • To increase the membership base of the Civil Service, so that all members can get the benefits of the outputs of the networks. Everyone is warmly welcomed from anywhere to join from across the Civil Service.
  • To support Diversity and Inclusion and help the Civil Service to become more inclusive.
  • To hold events across the Civil Service in the UK, to share inspiring stories and promote the importance of deafness, hearing loss and visual impairment across the Civil Service.
  • To offer a forum to raise and address specific concerns related to deafness, hearing loss and visual impairment.
  • To share the progress of what is happening on the Deaf, Hearing Loss and Visual Impairment agenda within our departments, so that we can all learn from each other.

Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network Update

  • During 2019, the network has continued to develop its presence on Twitter (@CSDeafHHearing) amassing nearly 650 followers including a number of senior Civil Service Leaders
  • Membership has increased to 225 members across 30 government departments
  • 3 awareness events have been completed. 2 in London and one in Nottingham
  • Stakeholder partnerships have been developed with a number of organisations which will help to form some joint initiatives moving forward into 2020, watch this space.
  • The appointment of Debbie Alder (Director General Human Resources – DWP).
  • A quarterly newsletter is now produced, to inform on the activities that of the network.
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Debbie Alder (Director General Human Resources – DWP).

Civil Service Visual Network Update

  • During 2019, the network has continued to develop its presence on Twitter (@CSVisualNetwork) amassing nearly 350 followers including a number of senior Civil Service Leaders
  • Membership has increased to 125 members across 30 government departments
  • 3 awareness events have been completed. 2 in London and one in Nottingham.
  • Stakeholder partnerships have been developed with a number of organisations which will help to form some joint initiatives moving forward into 2020, watch this space.
  • A quarterly newsletter is now produced, to inform on the activities of the network.

Civil Service Local is working with both networks to organise more awareness sessions around the UK to raise awareness of the network across the UK. Watch this space.

Get involved

Both networks invite new members. It is not a requirement to be deaf, or have hearing loss or visual impairment to be a member and a very warm welcome is guaranteed.

To become a member, please email Simon Skerritt at csdeafhardofhearing@gmail.com or civilservicevisualnetwork@gmail.com

Follow the networks on Twitter @csdeafhhearing and @csvisualnetwork

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10 comments

  1. Comment by Jason Cochrane posted on

    Hi. This is a great initiative. Is there any chance of holding an awareness event in the South? Perhaps Bristol or Exeter?

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  2. Comment by Lesley C posted on

    How can I get on the distribution for the newsletter?

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  3. Comment by Theresa Bailey posted on

    Hello. Yes, please could we have an awareness event in the South West? Perhaps Salisbury or Bournemouth could be considered rather than or as well as Bristol and Exeter?

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  4. Comment by Ruth Gilfillan posted on

    This is just brilliant to see, well done for setting this up. My partner works in the NHS with single sided deafness and gets no support or network like this. If anyone ever hears of anything he can access I'd love to know.

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  5. Comment by Carl posted on

    Hi, I would like to become a new member but the email given csvisualnetwork@gmail.com does not seem to work, any suggestions?

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  7. Comment by John Mark Haskey posted on

    Hi Lesley, please could you email csdeafhardofhearing@gmail.com and we will send you a copy of the newsletter.

    Reply

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