Bridges specialist service provides families of deaf and hearing impaired children with a point of contact to access information and to seek advice and support. This includes sign-posting or referring to other agencies, service providers or community based groups.

The service also work to:

  • raise awareness of deaf issues
  • recognise the benefits of working with statutory agencies
  • work with partner agencies in education and health to promote the physical, emotional and social development of deaf and hearing impaired children.

The family support service includes a home assessment. This will help to provide free of charge, appropriate deaf alerter equipment and listening aids to:

  • enhance and improve family life
  • help to build confidence
  • promote independence and safety in the home
  • successfully aid the transition to life as an adult

The provision of auxiliary aids for use in school is coordinated by the Sensory Support Service who will identify the need for any auxiliary aids that they feel would be of benefit to a child.

The range of aids currently available include:

  • radio aids
  • CCTV
  • magnifiers
  • braillers
  • braillenote
  • laptops.

Pupils with an EHC Plan will have auxiliary aids provided through EHCP funding. Pupils who do not have an EHC Plan will have access to provision through their school's SEN funding or Sensory Support Service finances.