Posted by Gemma Sparks on 11th May 2017
Last updated 7th February 2023

Deaf Awareness Week takes place this year between 15th – 21st May. The UK Council of Deafness has themed this year’s campaign as “A Celebration”.

The campaign will be launched for the 11th year with the goal of the event to highlight the impact and needs of those who suffer with hearing loss, and to raise funds to support those in need.

How many people are affected?

  • One in six people are affected by hearing loss
  • 5 million of these are aged 60 or over
  • 7 million are of working age
  • Around 2 million people in the UK have hearing aids
  • About 800,000 are severely or profoundly deaf

Several events will take place during the week across the country and, as with previous years, will inevitably serve as an excellent example of how awareness can be raised when organisations come together. The National Society for Deaf Children are holding a ‘Big Cake Bake’ to raise money for Deaf Awareness Week and awareness to help deaf children.

If you would like to participate in any fundraising to support the cause information can be found via the UK Council on Deafness.

How we can help

To help clients with hearing loss, two of our legal team have undertaken training. Gemma Sparks has completed a British Sign Language course at Level 1.

The Family Law Company offers a range of specialist family law legal advice. Family law is not just what we do, it is all we do. If you require any legal advice on any aspect of family law or would like to make an appointment with Gemma specifically, please contact our offices in Exeter on 01392 421777. We also have a Plymouth office, available on 01752 674999.

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Gemma Sparks is a multiple-award winning Solicitor at The Family Law Company. She leads our Children team and has been recognised by the Devon and Somerset Law Society for her work on Children Law and Domestic Abuse cases.

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