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Support - Empowering Lives

Empowering Lives are an experienced organisation that provide supported living accommodation and community based support for adults with learning disabilities and vulnerable young people.

In 2009 sisters, Bev and Emma wanted to combine the wealth of experience they had themselves achieved in areas of social care, health and education and provide a bespoke support service that could meet the individual needs or service users in the community.

See the section below for other useful resources:

A report in BSL outlining how the health service is failing Deaf people

Expert advice about deafness and hearing loss, whether hearing aids could help you, and the truth about tinnitus. Plus loads of advice abot work, benefits and research.

Information about staying healthy is easy to come by if you are hearing, but very little is made available in sign language for Deaf people. That’s part of the reason that Deaf people are generally not as healthy as hearing people.

Many Deaf people find visiting the doctor a stressful experience, but it is vital that communication barriers don’t stop you from coming and interfere with your health. Before visiting us, be sure of what you want to ask and the help you want to get. Tell staff at the surgery that you are Deaf and need an interpreter and we will do our best to find one. We will also book you a double appointment so you do not feel rushed. 


We are a charity and do work that helps make the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families better.

This video will show you what types of wheelchairs are available if you do not wish to take on a standard NHS wheelchair.

Advice about work, festivals and much more. Plus David Weir, Paralympic superhuman
Plus wheelchair users - how to keep healthy and lose weight. 

Visual impairment can have a bad effect on health and sense of wellbeing.


People with visual impairment are likely to have limited access to information and healthcare facilities, and to receive sub-optimal treatment because staff are unaware of specific needs related to vision.​

We don't want that to happen at Old Farm.

We hope to take time to communicate effectively about access, facilities, diagnosis, and management plans.

Devon in Sight is a local charity providing a range of practical help and advice to people affected by sight loss, with the aim of promoting independence, wellbeing and choice.

People with learning disabilities are more likely to develop physical and mental health problems compared with the general population.

In addition, they are likely to find it more difficult than others to describe their symptoms. As a result it is more difficult for health-care workers to identify health needs among people with learning disabilities, thus leaving some problems left unrecognised. Reduced access to NHS screening and health promotion procedures, such as breast screening or cervical smears, is also a problem. 

Our staff are aware of these difficulties. If you have a learning disability we will give you a thorough health check each year to ensure you stay as healthy as possible.

Learning Disabilties

Many people with physical disabilities experience problems with mobility, which can make it difficult to live independently, get out and about and carry out everyday activities.

There is a great deal of help available for people including a range of equipment, home alterations and support form Carers​.

We would be happy to help you and there's a fabulous health and social care team we can put you in touch with. 


We're here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.

Visual Disabilities

Comprehensive video library which provides information to patients regarding the management of Diabetes.

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