Deafblind UK is a national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. There are nearly 400,000 deafblind people living in the UK today. Our ageing population means that this number is rising al the time. For the past 90 years, we have been providing vital support to people who are deafblind, helping them to live the life they want. We help people to build their confidence and independence; continuing their lives beyond sight and hearing loss. We are here every step of the way to reassure, advise or just to be someone to turn to if there is no one else. We do this by: ▪ Running social groups to give people a chance to get out of the house and meet others ▪ Providing companions to lighten the darkest days ▪ Teaching people how to use tablet computers to connect with the outside world ▪ Resolving personal issues with benefits, care and support, access to health services ▪ Simply being there when people want to talk We also help local authorities to meet their obligations towards deafblind people in the care Act (2014) by carrying out deafblind assessments and providing specialist care and support services. We help professional organisations understand and identify deafblindness and teach them how to best support their deafblind customers.