A weblink to a British Sign Language (BSL) translation of the below introduction to this questionnaire is available from 

Currently, DeafConnect has a contract with Northamptonshire County Council to provide a number of services to help deaf and hard of hearing adults to continue to live independently in their own home, with their family or carer(s).

DeafConnect offers an information, advice and support service to promote independence including access to specialist equipment and interpreting services. DeafConnect also provides opportunities for people to: 

  • meet and socialise, taking part in a variety of activities
  • get access to health and care services
  • develop skills for independence, employment and hobbies

Due to Northamptonshire County Council’s poor financial situation however, we need to understand the impact of stopping this contract with DeafConnect or the services being provided in a different way. We would like to hear your views on this.

This consultation seeks to gather feedback and evidence about the impact of ending the Council’s current funding arrangements only for the adults support service (Children’s First will look separately at funding arrangements for children).

How can I have my say?

You can have your say and tell us your views by completing this questionnaire.

You can also attend a group discussion.  The details are below.  A BSL interpreter will be present. You will only need to attend one session.

Date  Time  Venue 
29th October 2018 Session 1:  5.15pm to 6.30pm

Session 2:  6.45pm to 8.00pm
The Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, Northampton NN5 5LD
30th  October 2018 Session 1:  2.15pm to 3.30pm

Session 2:  3.45pm to 5.00pm
Kettering Mind, 49 - 51 Russell St, Kettering NN16 0EN

You do not have to answer all of the questions. If you don’t want to answer a question, or don’t know the answer, then move on to the next question.

Please see our website for further information including a copy of the equality impact assessment

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of this survey in another format (including easy read or large print) you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are as follows:

Email address:

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, BIPM, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Name and Telephone:                 Tim Crisp       01604 361088

Your feedback will be used to help us gain a better understanding of peoples’ opinions and help us decide if these services should be stopped or, if continued, shape their future design and focus. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

The deadline for completing this survey is 5pm on 8th November 2018.