One of Geoff’s greatest motivations in advocating for the Deafblind community is to break down social isolation.
‘Being Deafblind can be isolating, so I want to help people connect,’ Geoff explains.
He is active in the Hunter Deafblind group, organising activities and events that build social connection. He has even designed T-shirts for the group that raise awareness about deafblindness.
‘The group decides what we want to do, then I research, make sure it’s accessible, and organise the activity. We’ve done some great things, from indoor rock climbing to visiting the Shark and Ray Centre,’ he says.
Geoff is constantly finding new ways to help those around him. So, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Geoff even responded to the shortage of hand sanitiser in his local community.
As a passionate homebrewer, he turned his hand to producing and distributing the much-needed sanitiser.
‘I love homebrewing – I’m known for my chocolate, butterscotch and Turkish Delight rums. So, when I saw on Facebook that people were struggling to get hand sanitiser, I thought, why not give it a go?’
Geoff gives almost any challenge a go—a trait that has seen him step up to many challenges, including a new role with the Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH).
No matter what is next for Geoff, it is clear he and his faithful companion, hoover doover, are important members of the Hunter Region, and will continue finding fun, creative ways to build connection and raise awareness among his community.