We have two distinct, specialist residential services, both of which focus on the needs of Deaf people with a range of additional needs who cannot currently live fully independently.
Clive Mason, Arthur Dimmock and Jeff McWhinney Houses provide long term, short term and respite residential care for D/deaf adults who have mental health challenges, learning disabilities, sight loss, personality disorders and a range of other additional needs.
Stephen Bannister House provides 1:1 staffing levels for D/deaf adults who require this intensive and high level of staff support and who may present with challenging behaviour.
The above services are based in Preston, approximately two miles away from the City Centre and with easy access to all the facilities and services which the city provides. Our site is bordered by large areas of native woodland and yet is within easy access of major motorway and rail networks
The accommodation comprises four separate, modern and individually designed self contained houses with an emphasis on homely comfort. Each house has its own facilities which include laundry rooms, kitchens and lounges which encourage and facilitate the development of independence.
We have a mix of Deaf and hearing staff who are dedicated, highly trained, and either fluent in British Sign Language or working rapidly towards fluency. No new members of staff begins work at Deafway without having completed an in-house, intensive, nationally recognised BSL Level 1 course as part of their paid induction. This is followed approximately six months later with an intensive Level 2 course. When needed by particular residents, our staff also use a range of additional manual and visual communication methods.
We are proud of the fact that we maintain a ‘BSL Policy’ which ensures that all Deafway staff (D/deaf or hearing) use BSL whenever there is a Deaf person anywhere in sight – thus avoiding ‘spoken word’.