Coffee mornings for Deaf and hard of hearing people

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We run a regular coffee morning for people with hearing loss 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 1766 Bar and Kitchen at Bristol Old Vic.

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: “People with hearing loss may become isolated as a result of their hearing impairment 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 team and by volunteers. Some of our volunteers are sign language students who enjoy the opportunity to practise their skills in this informal environment.

Tea, coffee and cake are on offer and we hope you can join us on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the 1766 Bar and Kitchen, Bristol Old Vic, King St, Bristol BS1 4ED.

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

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

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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