Each of our offices have a Community Relations Officer who work with local Deaf and hearing communities. They are the main source of contact and information.
The Community Relations Officers' role is to:
- Work with the Deaf community to make a difference for Deaf people in the area.
- Provide information to the Deaf community and to the hearing public.
- Make sure local organisations, such as the council, are aware of Deaf people's needs.
- Organise local events such as activities for New Zealand Sign Language Week.
- Organise programmes for the Deaf community to learn new skills such as first aid workshops.
- Keep the wider Deaf community up to date with what is happening in their area.
Other ways the Community Relations Officers assist community members is by educating them on how to use new technology such as how to:
- Using a mobile phone to send and receive text messages.
- Understanding how to access captioned programmes on television.
- Sending and receiving emails including attaching a photo/file.
- Using the internet to find information.
- Using the NZ Relay service to make phone calls.
Please contact your local office if you would like to get involved in events or programmes in your area, or even if you have an issue you want to see addressed to improve access to services or information to the local Deaf community.