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Come and join us at our next coffee morning!

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Our next coffee morning takes place on Tuesday 6 November and we do hope you can join us.

This month we will be returning to our usual venue, which is the cafe on the ground floor of the Colston Hall. The cafe was closed temporarily but we’re pleased to say it is re-opening next week.

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!

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!

Call out for coffee morning volunteers

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We will soon be running fortnightly coffee mornings for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the Bristol area. We’re looking forward to launching the coffee mornings very soon and we’re now looking for volunteers to help us run these sessions, which are all about providing an opportunity for the deaf and hard of hearing community to socialise and share experiences.

The coffee mornings will be on a weekday morning at a café in central Bristol and we’re looking for volunteers who can welcome people, provide practical support and help to create a friendly relaxed environment.

Ideally we would like someone with knowledge of British Sign Language but this is not essential. Training will be provided and we can cover expenses for travel and refreshments.

If you have some free time available to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!
To find out more or to apply, please contact us by phone on 0117 9398653, by SMS text on 07749 313085 or by email at office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

Season’s greetings from CfD

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Season’s greetings from all of us on the team here at CfD.
We wish you a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Please note our office and equipment resource room will be closed for the holidays between 25th December and 1st January. We look forward to working with you again when we re-open on Tuesday 2nd January.

The Sensory Impairment Team will hold their drop in session at the Vassall Centre here as usual on Thursday 21st December between 2 and 5pm. The sessions will then stop during Christmas week, so there will be no session on 28th December and the team will be here again in the New Year on Thursday 4th January.

First Contact Checklist project launched to support older people in Bristol

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A new project has been launched to ensure that older people across the city are able to get the support they need. The First Contact Checklist is designed to enable the first organisation in contact with an older person to easily refer them on to other services from which they might benefit. This could include things such as getting advice on energy bills, a benefits entitlements check or a home and fire safety assessment.

The project brings together organisations such as Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Bristol Community Health and other local advice agencies and charities, including us here at the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (CfD). The way it works is that if, for example, a firefighter visits to check an older person’s fire alarms, they might notice that they are having difficulty hearing. They can then contact the First Contact Checklist Coordinator to arrange a referral to CfD and we can provide advice and support on managing hearing loss.

The project is an initiative of Bristol Ageing Better as part of their work developing ways of identifying isolated and lonely older people. They ran a successful pilot project in summer 2016 and the project is now being delivered by the Care Forum, which coordinates checklist referrals across Bristol.

David Melling, CfD’s CEO said:
“We are really pleased to be part of this new project, which is a very practical way to ensure that older people find out more about the services available to them and get the support they need. Many people start to lose their hearing as they got older and become more socially isolated as a result and this project is a great way to raise awareness of the support we can provide.”

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