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Election manifestos in BSL

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Thinking about which party to vote for in the General Election on Thursday?

There’s a summary about the policies on this website:
https://www.theguardian.com/…/who-should-i-vote-for-the-uk-…

and here are links to BSL versions of each party’s manifesto:

GREEN PARTY:
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

CONSERVATIVE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

SNP:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS:
https://www.libdems.org.uk/plan-bsl…

LABOUR:
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

PLAID CYMRU:
https://www.partyof.wales/bsl_manifesto

BREXIT PARTY:
No BSL here but there’s an easy read version at:
https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/party-manifestos-2019

New equipment drop-in sessions at We Care showroom

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Our equipment team is offering a new drop-in session every Wednesday morning at the We Care showroom in central Bristol.

One of our equipment officers will be available between 10am and 1pm every Wednesday to demonstrate our range of listening aid devices and answer your questions.

If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, our service can provide equipment to help keep you safe and more independent at home. The types of equipment we offer include:

  • Amplified and flashing doorbells
  • Amplified telephones
  • TV listening devices
  • Personal listeners
  • Pagers
  • Alarm clocks

We are delighted to be collaborating with We Care on this new initiative.
We Care is the largest independent home improvement agency in the UK and has more than 30 years of experience working in the West of England. We Care share our aim to provide services and products that will increase your independence, comfort and mobility at home – for as long as possible.

We Care Home Improvements logo

The We Care showroom is at 5 Hide Market, Waterloo Road, St Phillips, Bristol, BS2 0BH.

To find out more about our service and try out our range of equipment, please come and visit us at the showroom on Wednesday mornings.

Our drop in sessions at our office at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds will also still be running at the regular times of 10.30am to 1pm Monday to Thursday. We will welcome you at whichever venue is most convenient for you.

For more information, please contact us:
Phone: 0117 9398653
SMS text/Facetime: 07749 313085
Email: office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

Dementia and the Deaf Community

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We are working with the Deaf Studies Trust to host an information event about dementia and the Deaf community. Please join us:

Staff from the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service will be there to share information about their service, which offers support to people living with dementia and their carers.

We will:

  • Share information on dementia
  • Explain how we support people affected by dementia
  • Discuss how we can better support the Deaf community affected by dementia

BSL-English interpreters provided.

Tea and coffee will be available.

All welcome. No need to book – just turn up!

For more information, please contact Jim Kyle of the Deaf Studies Trust.

Share your views on the redesign of the Sensory Support Service

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Bristol City Council is asking for your views on the support provided by the SEND Sensory Support Service and how it can be improved.

Please join us at our event to discuss the proposals for the redesign of the service. We have had to change the date of the event and it now takes place on 28 November – full details below:

You will have the opportunity to share your views about how the service is run and how you think it can be improved.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Sensory Support Service provides support to children and young people with sensory needs in education and family settings. Sensory needs include hearing impairment, visual impairment and multi-sensory impairment.

For more information about the consultation, the online survey and other drop-in consultation events being organised by the Council, please follow this link. The consultation closes on 4 December 2019.

We are holding this event in collaboration with WECIL as part of our work as partners in the Voice and Influence Partnership. The Partnership is made up of leading equalities organisations in Bristol. By working together, we make sure our diverse communities are part of local decision-making.

If you’re not already a member of the Voice and Influence Partnership you can find out more about the benefits of free membership and sign up by visiting www.voiceandinfluence.org.uk

Voice and Influence Partnership logo

Make new friends at Deaf Night Out

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Would you like to make some new friends and enjoy a good night out?

Deaf Night Out is a new social group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Bristol, which meets for a regular gathering at Za Za Bazaar in the city centre on the first Thursday of the month.

There are some changes to the dates over Christmas and New Year and the next Deaf Night Out is at 8pm on Thursday 19th December. The group won’t meet in January and then the next night out will be on Thursday 6th February.

Currently the group meets at Za Za Bazaar and the Deaf Night Out team hope to involve everyone in planning together what other events to take part in. They want to make the most of all the great nightlife Bristol has to offer and this could be a trip to the theatre or cinema, a concert, a meal out or other activities like ten pin bowling!

The group is open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, BSL learners, interpreters, families and friends.

Newcomers are always welcome, so do please come along, bring your friends and make some new ones!

Za Za Bazaar is an accessible venue and the full address is Harbourside, Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH.

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

Get involved: become a Trustee at CfD

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The Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (CfD) has a rich history going back over 140 years in Bristol. We moved to a new location in Fishponds in 2015 and we are now looking for more Trustees to join our Board as we go through an exciting time of growth and redevelopment.

Our mission is to represent and support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population of Bristol and beyond. Currently our main activities are as follows:

  • Equipment Service

We run an equipment service funded by Bristol City Council, which provides listening aid and visual alert equipment to enable Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to feel safe and more connected at home.

  • Deaf Equality Training

We deliver training sessions for businesses and organisations to raise awareness of hearing loss and promote inclusive communication.

  • Social activities

We run a regular coffee morning and promote other social activities within the Bristol area for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

  • Information and advice

We provide information and advice to people with hearing loss and their family and friends. We also share our knowledge and experience with other professionals and champion clear communication practices.

We are working on developing a range of new projects and would like more Trustees to join the Board for our next phase of growth.

We are looking for people with knowledge and skills in any of the following areas:

  • Charity fundraising
  • Social investment
  • Financial management
  • Employment law and HR
  • Marketing, communications and PR
  • Business management

We are eager to increase and enhance the skills and diversity of our Trustee Board and would welcome applications from people across our communities.

Being a Trustee is a voluntary position but you will be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses such as your travel costs.

This opportunity will help you develop skills around leadership and governance and offer you the chance to make an impact on improving inclusion for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Bristol area.
 
How to apply:

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee we would like to invite you to meet us for an informal discussion prior to making an application. To make this arrangement, please contact our CEO David Melling by emailing david@centrefordeaf.org.uk or call our office on 0117 9398653.

Relaxed opening of Still I Rise exhibition at the Arnolfini with BSL interpretation

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We have been working in partnership with the Arnolfini to arrange a tour of their current exhibition designed for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Join us between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 23 November for a free tour of the Still I Rise exhibition. Two BSL interpreters will accompany the tour guide and the gallery has bone conducting headphones that can be used with a selection of the films on display in the exhibition.

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance – Act 3 is a large-scale exhibition of international artists, highlighting the experiences of women and celebrating their triumphs. Please click here for more details on the exhibition.

From 10:00 – 11:00 you are welcome to explore the galleries with BSL interpreters.

From 11:00 – 12:00 the Arnolfini invites you to the Light Studio for tea, coffee and biscuits and to gather your feedback. All feedback will be used to improve future events and services. 

This event is free but booking is required. To book a place, please email information.assistant@arnolfini.org.uk or call 0117 917 2300. You can also book by visiting the Information Desk in Arnolfini’s foyer.

This event aims to be welcoming and accessible to all. Please click here for more information about access at the Arnolfini.

Come and join us at our next coffee morning!

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We run a regular coffee morning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Bristol area on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th December. We will meet at our usual time between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Watershed on Bristol’s harbourside.

The coffee mornings are 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.

The group is run by a bilingual BSL/English speaker and everyone is welcome: Deaf or Hard of Hearing people and partners and friends can of course come too. No need to book – just turn up!

The full address of the venue is Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

Look forward to seeing you on 17th December and here’s a list of dates over the winter so you can get them in the diary:

17 December

7 January

21 January

4 February

18 February

3 March

17 March

To find out more, contact us by phone on 0117 9398653, by SMS text on 07749 313085 or email office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

Deaf with dementia training day

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On Friday 29th July we welcomed Emma Ferguson-Coleman to the Vassall Centre for a training day on how to support communication with Deaf BSL users living with dementia.

Emma is a researcher based at the University of Manchester working on the Deaf with Dementia Life-Stories Project. Here in Bristol we have been working in collaboration with the Deaf Studies Trust to raise awareness of the impact of dementia in the Deaf community and were delighted that Emma could join us to provide the training. This was a full day workshop for BSL interpreters and social care professionals working with the Deaf community in the Bristol area. Based on real life examples, the workshop was an opportunity for participants to:

  • Understand more about what dementia is
  • Learn more about how to support communication with Deaf BSL users living with dementia and their families
  • Consider strategies that interpreters can employ in relation to communication and look at the process from initial consultations through to assessments, diagnosis and support.

During the workshop there was scope for lots of interaction and discussion and it is clear that there is much interest in this topic. Here are some examples of the great feedback received from those attending:

‘The videos were amazing and very poignant. An interesting and informative day.’

‘Interesting training with a mixture of Deaf professionals as well as interpreters – it made for very dynamic conversations!’

‘Helps you learn how others see things and what they need from you the interpreter. Learnt some new signs for terminology. Brilliant and well needed.’

‘An excellent day. Should be repeated regularly!’

A big thanks to Emma Ferguson-Coleman for sharing her knowledge and expertise with us and we’ll look forward to further collaborations in the future.

Talk on Deaf Dementia

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On Thursday 18th July we are delighted to welcome Emma Ferguson-Coleman of the University of Manchester to talk about her work for the Deaf with Dementia Life-Stories Project.

During her talk she will cover:

  • what dementia is
  • stories from the Deaf community about living with dementia everyday
  • communication with BSL-users with dementia and their families

After the talk, there will be a discussion chaired by Clark Denmark.

When: 6 to 8pm, Thursday 18th July

Where: The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ

BSL – English interpreters will be provided.

The event is free and all are welcome. No need to book – just turn up and we will look forward to seeing you on the evening.

This talk has been organised in collaboration with the Deaf Studies Trust.

To find out more, contact us by phone on 0117 9398653, by SMS text on 07749 313085 or email office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

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