About Us

Who We Are?

DeafCare was established in 2004 as a charitable ministry of Signs Church, to minister to spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the Deaf minority in South East Queensland. We focus on ministering to physical needs to alleviate the poverty and helplessness suffered by members of the deaf communities. 

We use evidence-based and people-driven services, to empower deaf individuals and their families. We reach out to the deaf community, volunteering to relieve poverty and distress  We endeavour to work in partnership with other organisations, business and government.

DeafCare is run by a team of volunteers. We love to serve because as Jesus said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.  As a deaf organisation, we are in better position to understand the needs of the deaf communities. 

Our Mission

  • Organise the direct relief of poverty, disability, helplessness and co-dependency for deaf recipients by whatever means necessary.
  • Advocate for any other services, free of charge, to alleviate the effects of poverty or helplessness.
  • Educate, train, empower and facilitate programs to prevent the effects of poverty, helplessness and co-dependency.
  • Provide specific volunteering services for aged, immobile and isolated persons.

Please note

While DeafCare is a Christian organisation, we minister to members of the deaf community regardless of their beliefs, gender or background.

What is Deaf Community?

Deaf culture is at the heart of Deaf communities in Australia. Deaf community is a cultural group which shares a sign language (Australian Sign Language (Auslan)), a common heritage and common experiences.

Members of Deaf communities identify themselves as members of a cultural and linguistic group. Identification with the Deaf community is a personal choice and is usually made independent of the individual’s hearing status, and the community is not automatically composed of all people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The Deaf community may also include family members of Deaf people, sign language interpreters and people who work or socialise with Deaf people who identify with Deaf culture. A person is a member of the Deaf community if he or she self-identifies as a member of the Deaf community, and if other members accept that person as a member. Very often this acceptance is strongly linked to competence in a signed language.”

. Members of the community are

  • People who use Auslan ( deaf, hard if hearing or hearing).
  • People deaf from birth or an early age.
  • CODAs (hearing Children of Deaf Adults).
  • Some hearing people who live and work with Deaf people.

Rationale

Being a distinctly Christian charity,

  • we follow Jesus Christ in ministering to the poor and needy.
  • our ministry to the poor is an crucial element of faith.
  • we learn that it is better to give than to receive.

Being a Deaf charity,

  • we understand the needs of the deaf people better than the other hearing charities. 
  • we communicate in our own language – sign language.
  • we are in best position to advocate for and negotiate with other charities or Government for the benefits of the deaf communities.

 

Please note that the services of DeafCare are currently put on hold while the building project is underway. We aim to resume sometimes in 2019. For more information about the building project, click here.