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Support for deaf people

Nearest tube: Woodside Park (Northern line, High Barnet branch)

On the last Tuesday of the month, someone from Barnet council will be there. You can ask them questions about council services - for example, getting equipment to help you at home.

BSL Tuesday coffee mornings

BSL Tuesdays hosts a coffee morning every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for all deaf and deafblind sign language users living in Barnet.

You can meet new people and have tea and coffee at low prices.

  • Times: 10.30am to 1pm.
  • Where: Julius Newman House, Woodside Park Road, N12 8RP

Communication support for council services

1. BSL interpreters

The council has a Sign Language Interpreting Service to support Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people in Barnet to have access to social care services.

This service can be used for social care appointments such as home visits, meetings with social services staff, and social care events. This service does not cover health appointments - the NHS has its own interpreting service.

The service is free. It provides:

  • BSL interpreters
  • Sign Supported English (SSE) interpreters
  • manual interpreters for Deafblind people
  • lipspeakers
  • speech to text reporters (palantypists)

For more information, you can email

Communication support for emergency services

1. Barnet Police SMS services

Barnet Police have a mobile phone SMS contact number for deaf people who are in Barnet:

SMS: 07920 700 016

This is not for emergencies. This is not the same as the 999 number for hearing people.

Use 07920 700 016 for non-emergencies, for example:

  • telling police a crime has happened
  • getting advice about personal safety
  • telling police you are being bullied, teased or harassed

In a 999 emergency, you can use the emergencySMS service.

2. The emergencySMS service

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