Support groups

The following support groups can provide assistance and social enrichment for the deaf community in the North Somerset area.

Friday Group

Fourth Friday of the month, noon-3pm.

Mainly for BSL and bilingual users, this social group share a meal in various North Somerset venues, invite speakers and sometimes go on trips. The group worker is hearing and fluent in BSL so can interpret for any hearing speakers.

New members always welcome. This group is supported by the local deaf community and North Somerset Council.

Venue varies so please contact us for details.

Text or telephone: 07917 265 576 or 01275 882 826

Communication Cafe

Third Thursday of the month, 10am-noon.

Coffee#1, High Street, Weston-super-Mare.

This sociable group is open to both deaf and hearing people. It appeals to all ages and is the most popular with younger deaf people. Health professionals, charities and organisations also drop in to consult and get feedback.

This group is supported by the local deaf community, Citizens Advice and North Somerset Council.

Hard of Hearing Group

First Monday of the month, 2-4pm.

Vision North Somerset, Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare.

This popular social group is mainly for older people who have lost their hearing later in life. It features regular speakers and lip reading skills.

This group is supported by Weston Audiology, North Somerset Council and Vision North Somerset.

Deaf Church and Social Group

Second Sunday of the month, 3pm.

Emmanuel Church, Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare.

This Church of England service is held in both BSL and English. A social tea afterwards starts at about 4.30pm and everyone is welcome.

Deaf Pub @ The SASS Bar

Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm onwards.

SASS Bar, 16-18 South Parade, Weston-super-Mare.

The Deaf Pub group meet at the SASS bar for an evening group for both deaf and hearing people communicating in BSL.

Very friendly and sociable, people travel from all over Somerset, Bristol and Bath (and further!) to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. This group is supported by local deaf and hearing community.

Please contact Liz Watkins on 07917265576, who will then ask the group to contact you.