Health & Social Care Advocacy & Information



Our MDC advocacy and information service supports D/deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind people within the Manchester area to access and benefit from health and social care services to reduce health inequalities and improve quality of life. 

The service also raises awareness and educates health professionals to ensure their services are accessible to the deaf community. We support social care services to make the necessary changes across front line processes, with the improvement of deaf people’s access and experience in mind.


“Thank you for all your hard work in arranging an accessible eye test for me at Boots.  You arranged a BSL interpreter, so I was able to fully communicate with Boots staff which I haven’t been able to do before.  I now have new glasses and can see so much better.  Thank you for all your help and support, I really do appreciate it.”



“Just a note to say thank you so much to everyone at the deaf centre who helped me with my PIP [Personal Independence Payment] claim. They were all absolutely fantastic seeing me face to face in these times. This is something that I could not have done over the phone and had also been trying to deal with on my own for nearly twelve months.
I reached out to the Deaf Centre and everyone was so good. And my claim was sorted within weeks.I cannot praise the staff highly enough and I would encourage any deaf person who is struggling to ask them for help. Thank you so much again to everyone.”

If you want to meet with one of our specialist advocacy advisors appointments are available available on:

Mondays (MDSC only), Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

To contact us

Text: 07557 095854 

Or contact individual staff directly:

Anita Kanji - Advocacy and Support Officer

C​ontact Anita on:


Contact by:


M​obile: 07825-346-935 (text only)


Dipti Patel - Advocacy and Support Officer

C​ontact Dipti on:


Contact by:


M​obile: 07557-095-929 (text only)



Toni Hanlon - Advocacy and Support Officer

C​ontact Toni on:
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays


Contact by:
M​obile: 07584 720378




Steve Simons - Advocacy and Support Officer

C​ontact Steve on:

Tuesdays 08:00 - 16:00

Contact by:


M​obile: 07436 410831 (text only)

Thank you to our partners

Our Opening Times

If you would like to know more about
any of our services, please get in touch.

Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373