Launch of Deaf Night Out

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We’re delighted to be supporting the launch of a new social group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Bristol. The Deaf Night Out group will meet for the first time on 9 May.

Deaf Night Out is a chance for anyone affected by hearing loss to get together for a night on the town. The group will plan together what events they want to go to; it could a trip to the theatre or cinema, a concert, a meal out or other activities like ten pin bowling!

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, the first night out is planned for Thursday 9 May.  The group will meet at 8pm at the Drawbridge Pub, 14 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UT.

Open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, BSL learners, interpreters, families and friends.

The group’s organisers are hoping this will become a regular gathering and allow people with hearing loss to participate more in all the wonderful nightlife that Bristol has to offer.

Come along, bring your friends and make some new ones!

We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

If you’re on Facebook, check out the Deaf Night Out group which you can join to follow updates.

CfD Forum – we want your views!

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Please come to our forum event to give your feedback on our service and share ideas about what makes a Deaf friendly city.

When: The event is between 10.30am and 1pm on Monday 13th May.

Where: The office of Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX

The forum will be split into two sessions:

Session One:   

Equipment Service – feedback and views from our current and past clients (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and ideas for improvements.

Session Two:   

Deaf Friendly City (for Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents and visitors) – what make a city Deaf Friendly?
What are the main barriers in Bristol for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people?

Tea, coffee and cake will be available and everyone attending will receive a £10 Love2shop voucher as a thank you for your time.

We hope you can join us. Your views will help us develop our service and support our work to build a Deaf friendly city.

Numbers are limited so please contact us to book a place.


Tel: 0117 9398653

SMS text: 07749 313085

BSL Interpreters and Speech to Text operators will be available on the day.

If you have any other access needs, please do let us know.

We are very grateful to solicitors Burges Salmon, who have kindly offered to host the forum at their office in central Bristol.

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 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

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

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!

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