Help & Support

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

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


Monday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Barnard Castle

Tuesday - 1:30pm to 3:30pm


Wednesday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Wednesday - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Thursday - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Thursday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Langley Moor

Thursday - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Friday - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Friday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cochlear Implant Friendship Group

Cochlear Implant Friendship Groups are held quarterly.  They are attended by people who are on the programme or those who are interested in the procedure of would simply like to know more about the implant.

All cochlear implant meetings are facilitated by palantype enabling everyone to understand what is being said.

Details of the next meeting to be announced shortly.  If you wish to attend please contact us to let us know.


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.Diabetes Event.jpg

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

Further information to follow

Tinnitus Support

Support Groups

We offer the groups listed below on a monthly basis and 6 week courses across County Durham & Darlington on a rolling programme; please contact us for details of the next course starting in Darlington on the 15th January 2018.

1 to 1 Support

We occasionally offer one session of 1 to 1 Support if you are unable to attend a support group. To discuss this with us please contact us.



Last Tuesday of each month (excluding December)

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Langley Moor

Last Tuesday of each month (excluding December)

6:00pm to 7:30pm


Last Thursday of each month (excluding December)

1:30pm to 3:00pm


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

1:00PM to 2:30PM


Wednesday 2:00PM to 3:30PM

Runs for 6 weeks from Wednesday 21st March onwards