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UK Council on Deafness is providing links to information on Coronavirus.  This will enable people to navigate quickly to areas that are of interest to them and gather the necessary information in a quick and simplified manner.

We are also holding fortnightly Zoom meetings with organisations on COVID-19 updates.  Information on the organisations participating and their current updates can be found below.

Organisation Updates during COVID-19 – (word doc) 

NHS information

Accessing the Health Services in BSL

For medical help and advice about your main symptoms in BSL contact NHS111 (24/7 service)


To communicate with a health professional on the phone or in person using BSL contact BSL Health Access (24/7 service)


COVID-19 Updates – BSL Information Videos

British Deaf Association
Royal Deaf Association

In alphabetical order of subject

Access to Work

All of the current updates from deafATW about the process changes  – deafAWT

Access to Work: Contingency for payment claim submissions during Covid-19 pandemic – DCAL

Access to BSL Interpreters Online

SignLive – Temporary COVID-19 packages available for access 24/7

Care & Support  – Action Deafness provides essential services in

1) Communications Interpreting (Face to Face & Remote); and
2) Community Care & Support.

Both services are available 24/7 throughout the UK.  Additional capacity has been provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

YOUChoose – This consortium is being relaunched to enable Deaf-led organisations to provide care & support services in their own catchment area throughout the UK.

BSL Information Support Service – Action on Hearing Loss

Children and Families

Coronavirus and support for deaf children – information for families – NDCS

Helpline for families – NDCS

Family activities – AVUK


Online Courses / Guides – AVUK


DIY face masks with clear panels – NDCS

Useful resources including top tips by NDCS (including BSL video)
NDCS have put together a list of resources that can help you with ideas and patterns to make your own face mask at home that has a clear panel in it.


Going to the Hospital during a Pandemic – Top Tips provided by NADP

Regulatory Guidance 

Guidance for communication professionals working with d/Deaf and Deafblind people during the Covonavirus period – NRCPD

Professional Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Regulatory Guidance by NRCPD

Best Practice for Communication Professionals in Healthcare Settings during Covid-19 Pandemic

Guidelines for Booking Interpreters in Healthcare Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sensory Services

Hertfordshire –

If you require more information, please contact


COVID-19 –  government advice relateing to tennis activities in Britain and all those involved in delivering them.

Tech/Equipment – Action Deafness has re-launching its Assistive Technology brochure.  The brochure will enable Deaf/Hard of Hearing people to buy equipment/technical aids to manage their hearing loss effectively.  Requests can be made 24/7.


Download the Brochure [pdf]

Working remotely

New Accessible Remote Working Guide for BSL interpreters, deaf and hearing participants – DCAL

Tips for working remotely when you’re deaf
  –  Jo Wootten (also in BSL)

Captioning remote meetings for deaf people –  Jo Wootten (also in BSL)

Top tips for working remotely with Lipspeakers – provided by Lipspeaker UK

Speech to Text/Captioning – AVSTTR

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