Local authority deafblind groups

There are two local authority groups which meet regularly to share ideas, knowledge and experience of deafblind services. The participants include deafblind specialist workers, sensory team managers and commissioners. There is also an online discussion group.

A deafblind woman and a man communicate using manual signing.Local Authority Workers Deafblind Interest Group (LAWDIG) - South

The Local Authority Workers’ Deafblind Interest Group (LAWDIG) meets four times a year. We generally have a speaker at each meeting on an aspect of interest to those who work with people with dual-sensory loss. In addition to this, the group also provides local authority sensory loss / impairment workers with information, as well as a chance to share knowledge and good practice, provide and receive peer support, and networking. There is no charge to attend. All meetings take place from 12 noon to 3pm to enable cheap travel, and are held at Sense’s head office. Sense provides the secretariat and organises the speakers for this meeting. If you would like to join the LAWDIG South, please contact the Sense Public Policy team:
Email: campaigns.info@sense.org.uk
Tel / textphone: 020 7014 9367

Local Authority Deafblind Network – North

The group was founded in 2000 by a group of local authority professionals working with people who have a dual-sensory loss. It is open to local authority workers with an interest in dual-sensory loss. There are four meetings each year, two to the west and two to the east of the Pennines.

The purpose of the group is to promote good practice, share ideas, information and areas of concern, and to provide peer support.

For further information, contact any of these members:

Norman Creighton
Email: norman.creighton@sheffield.gov.uk

Gunhild Wilcock
Email: gunhild.wilcock@calderdale.gov.uk

Joanne Brown
Email: Joanne.Brown@trafford.gov.uk

Online discussion group

The online discussion group is open to anyone working in local authorities with deafblind people, and is a forum to share ideas and get advice from others in the field. If you are interested in joining, go to the online discussion group page (external link).

First published: Thursday 12 July 2012
Updated: Friday 14 November 2014