Deaf Project

The Deaf Project started in 1996, funding was provided by the National Lottery and started with just one worker. The Project provides advice, information, access to services and advocacy on a variety of life issues for profoundly deaf people, people who are deaf/blind, deafened, hard of hearing and Deaf Carers. We also promote Deaf Awareness. We hold 2 weekly advice Drop Ins and a monthly British Sign Language Drop In for the local Deaf Community to access information on both local and national matters, a monthly Police Drop in for BSL users and a monthly Hard of Hearing Group. We support Enfield Deaf Image Group (ENDIG), this Voluntary Group which is run for and by Deaf People who help campaign on the Deaf Communities behalf on any matter arising, they also provide Deaf Awareness Training to service providers.

Deaf Project provides information, advice and guidance to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Tel: 020 8373 6237


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Deaf project Video Report celebrating achievements – “Simply The Best” , please click here – password protected video for EDA members only.

General public text version please click here

Latest news:  New report highlights shocking service for Deaf patients in Enfield


A new report lays bare the state of access to health services for Deaf people in Enfield. Healthwatch Enfield and Enfield Disability Action talked to Deaf patients over the course of a year and heard repeated stories of

  • Lack of awareness of the communication needs of Deaf patients among health staff
  • Failure to provide British Sign Language interpreters
  • Patients missing GP appointments as they didn’t know their name had been called
  • Deaf patients not being made aware of participation opportunities

Particularly shocking examples include cases where patients were not told they were diagnosed with diabetes, or even a heart attack. One patient was unable to order food as there was no sign stating he was deaf above his bed, and another patient had to wait 6 hours for a British Sign Language interpreter after being knocked down by a car and taken to A&E.

Lack of interpreters has particular implications on the ability of patients to give informed consent to treatment. A friend of Deaf patient recalled challenging a doctor over whether they had truly understood the ‘no further treatment’ form they had signed, as no interpreter had been provided. An interpreter was subsequently called and arrived within half an hour.

The report also highlights examples of good practice and makes a number of recommendations of measures that could improve access to health services for Deaf patients.

Healthwatch Enfield Chief Executive, Lorna Reith, said “The experiences local Deaf people told us about were shocking. It is clear that many of them face considerable barriers to health care and are getting a poor service which puts their health at risk. We are calling on providers to act on the recommendations in this report, most of which involve little, if any, extra money.”

Liane Burn, EDA Chief Executive, said “We have been working with Deaf residents for many years and know that many of these issues have been raised before. It is now 20 years since legislation outlawing discrimination against disabled people was passed and completely unacceptable that Deaf residents should still be struggling to access services”


Deaf people in Enfield

254 people in Enfield are registered with Enfield Council or known to EDA as Deaf. Furthermore, 23,657 individuals in Enfield were recorded as having moderate or severe hearing loss in 2012 when the last data is available from.

The full report is available at here.  Please email at for a hard copy. A British Sign Language translation video of the report below:

New report highlights shocking service for Deaf patients in Enfield

View deaf report video in caption and BSL

Great news!
Enfield Council website now has information in British Sign Language (BSL) about many of their services. BSL has been provided by Enfield Deaf Image Group members who are all voluntary.
EDA’s Deaf Project is proud to have worked with Enfield Council to achieve this.
Go to and click on the red bar at the top where it says BSL

Report a hate crime via BSL
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You can now Report a Hate Crime or contact the Hate Crime Helpline via a BSL Interpreter on the Hate Crime UK website. Just click and follow the instructions to get access to this service.

Upcoming Deaf Project/BSL events

  • BSL Advocacy Meeting 2018

    Meeting for Enfield Deaf People   BSL Users Only Community House, 311 Fore Street Edmonton N9 0PZ...

    September 20 at 10:15 am - 12:15 pm at Community House
  • BSL Advocacy Meeting 2018

    Meeting for Enfield Deaf People   BSL Users Only Community House, 311 Fore Street Edmonton N9 0PZ...

    October 18 at 10:15 am - 12:15 pm at Community House
  • BSL Advocacy Meeting 2018

    Meeting for Enfield Deaf People   BSL Users Only Community House, 311 Fore Street Edmonton N9 0PZ...

    November 22 at 10:15 am - 12:15 pm at Community House
  • The Deaf Project Advocacy Monthly Drop-In 2018

    25th April                                  26th September 30th May ...

    December 12 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Community House
  • BSL Advocacy Meeting 2018

    Meeting for Enfield Deaf People   BSL Users Only Community House, 311 Fore Street Edmonton N9 0PZ...

    December 13 at 10:15 am - 12:15 pm at Community House

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Snowden Climb 17th September 2016

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