Brent Deaf and Hearing Impaired Service

The service has resumed face-to-face visits in nurseries, schools and colleges. Home visits are still suspended, but staff are continuing to support families and children either virtually, or in person at the Willow Family Wellbeing Centre in Wembley.

Free virtual BSL classes for parents and carers are also being offered every Wednesday for nine weeks starting on 5 May 2021 from 10 to 11.30am. To enrol please email our deaf instructor, Manjula Shah, at manjula.shah@brent.gov.uk.

For queries and further advice about how we can support you please contact Milly Mastroianni, Team Leader for BDHIS, on 07919 492580 or email milly.mastroianni@brent.gov.uk or get in touch directly with your specialist teacher of the deaf.

Sensory support

  • National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - providing support, information and online events for the families of deaf children and young people, including specific Covid-19 advice for families of deaf children/young people
  • Royal Association for Deaf People support and services for deaf children and young people and their families, including specific advice and information relating to Covid-19
  • Hear Togethercommunity-based support and information and social, learning and well-being activities to bring together adults, children and families
  • British Sign Language Dictionarysearch and compare thousands of words and phrases in British Sign Language (BSL). The largest collection of video signs online
  • Journey into the ear - 3D animation showing the structure of the human ear
  • The Phoenix Group - providing courses to young people up to the age of 25 who have a hearing impairment
  • National Sensory Impairment Partnership - partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment
  • SENSE - online support and resources for people living with sight and hearing loss
  • Doncaster Deaf Trust - offers BSL courses
  • Typing club - learn to touch type with this free programme
  • The Elizabeth Foundation - The Elizabeth Foundation are waiving all fees until further notice for their online 'Let’s Listen and Talk' programme. Along with information, the programme also provides hundreds of games and activities to use in the home so parents can support listening and talking for their children with hearing loss aged 0 to 5
  • Action on Hearing Loss - online information and support for people living with hearing loss

Hearing aids

  • My deaf daughter and her hearing aids - parents Abbie and Martin tell us how they are helping their two-year-old daughter feel confident about her deafness
  • CSSEF - if you need batteries for your hearing aid, please email wishes@cssef.org and ask for the type and size of battery you need and whilst in stock, they will be posted to your door

    Remember: hearing aid(s) fitted with tamperproof battery doors must be kept well out of reach of children when your child is NOT wearing the hearing aid. This is because the battery doors will not be locked/tamperproof when the device is switched off. View more information on button battery safety

Deaf/blind education and home-schooling resources 

Multi-sensory resources

Physical education resources

General resources

Early years and primary

Secondary and post-16

Cochlear implants

Training videos

British Sign Language (BSL)

Voice with BSL

BSL for primary aged children

BSL for secondary aged children

BSL post-16 links

BSL advice

BSL interpreter rely services