Funded by the Big Lottery for 5 years, the new Time to Talk service aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve wellbeing for people with a disability or who are Deaf.
There is a dedicated telephone service with a team of volunteers offering peer support, signposting, and referrals (see below for opening times). For Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) there is a webcam service, provided by people who are fluent in BSL. Chat & Share groups and a disabled Life Coach will offer face-to-face support. Find more out about them below.
To contact the support line, please phone 0300 303 3691 during open hours.
Meet the team
From top left to bottom right: Justine Smyth, Keira Dodd, Anne Clayton, Sally West-Price, Sue Musyoki
Chat & Share groups
The Chat & Share groups are an opportunity for local disabled people to come together as a group, at informal meetings, to talk about what is important to them. They will take place in Torbay, Plymouth, North Devon, Exeter and Cullompton. The groups will be led by what people would like to talk about in a supportive environment, where solutions can be found.
Life Coaching support
We will be offering group support provided by a disabled Life Coach who has extensive experience of overcoming issues faced by disabled people.
Justine Smyth, our project co-manager, will be running BSL counselling for Deaf people who would prefer to communicate using BSL during sessions. This eliminates the need for an interpreter, so that service users can communicate directly with their counsellor, who herself understands Deaf culture. Justine will be running face-to-face 1:1 sessions, which will be available from September 2018 onwards.
Free skills training
The Time To Talk team will be offering free group training sessions on skills which are relevant to disabled and Deaf people. Planned upcoming topics include 'navigating health and social care', 'assertiveness', and 'motivation'.
Want to help? Get involved!
Living Options Devon is a user-led organisation. We're looking for disabled people and Deaf people to help bring our vision to life, and we welcome enquires from people wishing to volunteer. There is a great variety of roles to get involved with in the project, with room for self-developement whilst working with a friendly team.
Our volunteers will undergo training in Safeguarding, Disability Awareness and Data protection, and all volunteers will have the full support of a volunteer co-coordinator and the project team. Volunteers will be asked to attend an interview and complete training.
Click here to read more about what the role requires, and what we look for in our volunteers!
If you require more information, contact the team:
- Office telephone: 01392 459222
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: C/o Living Options Devon, Ground Floor Units 3-4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter, Devon EX2 8PW
Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.
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