Focus On Health

The Focus on Health project, funded by Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool Deaf Centre, is also based at One77, 175-177 York Road, Hartlepool. The aim of the Focus on Health Project is to empower Hartlepool’s Deaf Community to improve their own physical and emotional wellbeing by providing a range of enjoyable health-related and social activities, support, information and advice.

There are around 73 registered Deaf people in Hartlepool – the majority are aged 18-64 years. Research shows that Deaf people are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, obesity, heart disease and stroke. This is probably because they tend to be marginalised due to their disability and often miss current health messages because English isn’t their first language; BSL is completely different, with its own grammar and vocabulary, so many Deaf people struggle to understand written and spoken English.

To address these communication issues BSL Interpreter Support is provided at every event and any written information is made more accessible through the use of Easy Read English and BSL graphics.

Current events at One77 include:

  • Art & Crafts Classes – every Monday 12.30pm-2.30pm. £2 Charge.
  • Health Awareness Sessions – recent topics covered include Skin and Bowel Cancers and Tummy Problems.
  • Monthly Social Night – with Bingo – usually held on the last Friday of each month 7.30pm-11.00pm. Free entry.
  • A FREE monthly lunch club - for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Hartlepool. 

At Mill House Indoor Bowling Club, Raby Road, Hartlepool

Monthly Bowling Lessons with experienced tutors – £2.50 charge.

The project also aims to help Deaf people to access the NHS and other services.

For further information on any of the above please contact Rachel on 01429 231076. 
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Or find more information on Hartlepool Deaf Centre’s Facebook page.