Home Energy Saving Event

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Keen to save on your energy bills this winter?

Come along to a special event on Friday 16th November to get information and advice about saving energy and how to make the most of using a smart meter.

We are working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to run this event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and there will be BSL interpretation and speech to text available throughout the afternoon.

The event is being held at the offices of VWV at Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.

The programme is as follows:

  • 12:00         Event starts with welcome tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 12:30         Talk on energy saving, claiming your entitlements and power cuts
  • 1:15           Free lunch
  • 2:00           Talk on smart meters
  • 3:00-5:00 Free time for further advice and information

Everyone attending will get a free warmth pack and LED light bulbs.
There will also be information about how to get £140 towards your fuel bills this winter.

No need to book – just turn up at 12 o’clock!

For more details about the event please contact the Centre for Sustainable Energy by text on 07860 027781 or email

Flyer with details of home energy saving event

Coffee mornings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people

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We run a regular coffee morning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Bristol area. The coffee mornings take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month and we currently meet at the cafe on the ground floor of the Colston Hall in central Bristol.

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to socialise and share experiences as our CEO, David Melling, explains: “Deaf and Hard of Hearing people may become isolated as a result of their deafness and this can have a real impact on wellbeing. We want to create a welcoming environment for people to get together and relax, as well as share their experiences and discuss solutions.”

The coffee mornings are attended by members of our staff and volunteers and there is always someone there to chat to.

Everyone is welcome: Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and partners and friends can of course come too. No need to book – just turn up!

The full address of the venue is Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR.

To find out more, contact us by phone on 0117 9398653, by SMS text on 07749 313085 or email

We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month and here’s a list of upcoming dates for the next few months:

6 November
20 November

4 December
18 December

No coffee morning on New Year’s Day
15 January

5 February
19 February

5 March
19 March

2 April
16 April

Come and join us at our AGM

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We warmly invite you to join us at our Annual General Meeting, which is on Thursday 22 March between 6 and 8pm.

The AGM will be held at Room 14, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.

This year we are delighted to welcome Ben Willis and Murray Holmes as our guest speakers.

Ben Willis is a lawyer and a partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, where he is Head of the Healthcare team. Ben will speak about his experience of becoming hard of hearing as an adult and how he has adapted to living with hearing loss.

Murray Holmes, who is a former Vice President of the British Deaf Association, will talk about his work and about current issues in the Deaf community.

During the evening we will also attend to regular AGM business and we hope you will be able to join us as we reflect on our progress over the last year and discuss our plans for the future.

Many thanks to Veale Wasbrough Vizards for kindly allowing us to host this year’s AGM at their office in central Bristol.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Extraordinary General Meeting

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Calling all members! Join us for our EGM at 6pm on Monday 4th December.

Our move to the Vassall Centre meant the start of a new chapter in the history of the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. To reflect this, we have been developing a new constitution for the charity. This new constitution honours all that has been achieved in the 140 years that the Centre has been in Bristol. It will also ensure that we can continue our work supporting Deaf and hard of hearing people into the future.

We are inviting all members of CfD to an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the new constitution and vote on it. Ahead of the meeting, you may like to download these explanation notes, which give an overview of the key changes to the constitution, or take a look at this video of our Co-Chair of Trustees Hilary Sutherland explaining the changes.

We hope you will join us at the EGM as we so value your support in helping to develop the organisation as we continue to grow.

When: Monday 4th December between 6pm and 8pm
Where: The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ.

For further information, please contact us by email at or by phone on 0117 9398653.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sensory Impairment Team drop-in sessions

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Every Thursday afternoon between 2 to 5pm Bristol City Council’s Sensory Impairment Team runs a drop-in session here at the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People office at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds.

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