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About DSN

Welcome to DSN!

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved on behalf of our service users throughout Cheshire since we were formed in 1976. We’re proud of our team, our volunteers and other supporters, the local authorities we work with and the organisations we work alongside.

Back in 1976, Trustees of the Chester and North Wales Society for the Deaf, and of the Warrington and District Society for Deaf People, together made a landmark decision to form the Cheshire Society for the Deaf, now operating as Deafness Support Network (DSN).

DSN is the service provider organisation for D/deaf* people in the county of Cheshire and the surrounding areas. These services are delivered under contract for Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, and Flintshire Councils.

The local societies (Deaf Clubs) in Chester, Warrington and Vale Royal retained their independence and continue to thrive to this day, sharing premises with DSN. Each society serves a distinct local community but is strengthened by its partnership with DSN, which is able to innovate and develop, whilst acting as a guide and support for the local organisations.

DSN’s history, its services and information on the local societies can be found elsewhere on this site.

* – What do we mean by D/deaf and D/deafblind?

The word Deaf (with a capital ‘D’) is used to denote individuals whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL), whilst the term D/deaf refers to everyone with a hearing loss: Deaf, deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and Deafblind.

Deafness Support Network is Registered in England & Wales as a Registered Charity No. 506791 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 1323762. Registered Office address 144 London Road, Northwich CW9 5HH. 

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