Events

Come and join us at our next coffee morning!

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Our next coffee morning takes place on Tuesday 2 April and we do hope you can join us.

We meet at the Bowl of Plenty cafe on the ground floor of the Colston Hall.

Our coffee mornings are open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and take place regularly between 10.30am and 12.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

This a great opportunity to get together with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to relax over a cuppa and share experiences and discuss solutions.

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 office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month and here’s a list of upcoming dates for the next few months – get them in the diary!

2 April
16 April

7 May
21 May

4 June
18 June

Workshop on hearing loss, older men and loneliness

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We are pleased to be supporting Dr Paul Willis of the University of Bristol in his research into how older men experience and combat loneliness in later life.

On 31st January we will be hosting a workshop led by Dr Willis, which will be an opportunity for older men who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to come together with service providers to explore the issue of loneliness and social isolation.

This free workshop will be held here at the Vassall Centre between 9.45am and 1pm and lunch is provided.

BSL interpreters will be available throughout the event.

During the workshop participants will:

1. Receive an overview of emerging findings from the Older Men at the Margins Project at the University of Bristol: a 2-year research project exploring older men’s (65+ years) experiences of loneliness and social isolation from hard-to-reach or seldom heard groups (gay men who are single and living alone, men with hearing loss, men who are carers for significant others, men who are single and living alone in rural/ urban areas). The project team has completed over 100 interviews with men from these different groups living across South West and West England. The project is in collaboration with Age UK and funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research to 2019.

2. Hear from Age UK (national charity for older people) about some of their current initiatives to combat loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in England.

3. Have an opportunity to explore and identify together current gaps in service provision in helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst men with hearing loss and what new initiatives may be needed.

If you would like to take part in the workshop and share your experiences, please sign up online by going to this Eventbrite page.

NB. If you are a man 65+ years of age, your travel expenses to this event can be reimbursed. Please contact Alex Vickery by email at alex.vickery@bristol.ac.uk or telephone 0117 954 6773.

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 home.energy@cse.org.uk

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 Bowl of Plenty 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 office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

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 office@centrefordeaf.org.uk or by phone on 0117 9398653.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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