Indigo Access is 6 years old

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Happy birthday Indigo Access!

It’s our 6th birthday celebration and we are feeling in a celebratory mood. Indigo Access was incorporated in Deafblind Awareness week and we are very much at the forefront of service development in Berkshire for people who have combined sight and hearing loss.

What we have achieved in 6 years

2017-2018 We are providing Specialist Deafblind Assessments to Cornwall County Council. Our Wokingham lip-reading class is at full capacity and we have been purchased to provide a 10 week course for an Ascot resident. Three of our team are currently undertaking the Signature Level 2 Communicating and Guiding with Deafblind People qualification. One of our team has been placed on the City Lit Rehabilitation for People who are deaf and hard of hearing course.

2016-2017 Saw our bespoke 10 week lip-reading course being developed and purchased by Channel 4. Our specialist support services are being provided to 53 customers in Berkshire.

2015-2016 Has seen the Specialist Support Worker team grow and alongside our commitment to in-house training we have commissioned Lucy Jacques to provide Level 2 Signature’s Communicating and Guiding with Deafblind People for four of our workers.  Moreover we have taken on a lip-reading group which runs twice a month in Wokingham. Arguably providing much needed rehabilitation to people who have an acquired hearing loss and who are struggling with the barriers to communication an acquired hearing loss can bring.

2014-2015 We worked collaboratively with West Berkshire, Wokingham, Bracknell, Reading, Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Councils and Optalis in Wokingham. The City Lit, London, and Bracknell Forest Homes were returning customers. We presented our training to a school in Melbourne!  We invested in growing our specialist Assessor team to ensure we are able to meet the demand for level 3 and level 5 Specialist Assessors to work with Deafblind adults under the Care Act 2014. This is also mirrored in our developing and growing section of Rehabilitation Officers for people with a Visual Impairment.

2013-2014 Indigo Access developed a unique 6 week course for people who were deafened and hard of hearing. Thirteen people attended our Introduction to Lip-reading course held in Theale and Newbury. We deliver several courses now in Sensory Impairment awareness, which can be adapted to be delivered to Schools, Youth Groups or in the workplace.

2012-2013 From humble beginnings of one worker and 3 customers, we developed our assessment service.  Councils purchase our assessors to fulfill their statutory assessment duties regarding people with sensory needs. BSL – English Interpreting services were also being provided.

Thank you shout outs!

We continue to be ambitious in our plans because we want to provide the very best service to our customers. Of course this isn’t possible without the talented people who work for Indigo Access. And who together provide this impressive range of services and who are continually looking at ways to improve outcomes for people who have Sensory needs.

And I have to thank everyone who has worked, however briefly, for us as they have all assisted in the development and success of the business.

In addition I should thank all of those people who provide advice guidance and services to the company. Melanie Curtis Accountants, Ines at Simply HR, Yourtradebase, Rachel at Esensi and Joe at Joka Design. I appreciate your support.

Here’s to a very happy 6th birthday!

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