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Launch of new coffee mornings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Bristol

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We are delighted to be starting a regular coffee morning for people with hearing loss in the Bristol area. The first one will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 on Tuesday 3 April at Dom’s Coffee House on St. Augustine’s Parade.

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to socialise and share experiences and the coffee mornings will happen fortnightly on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

David Melling, our CEO, says “Many people with hearing loss become isolated as a result of their hearing impairment and this can have a real impact on mental health. We want to create a safe and welcoming environment for people to get together and relax, as well as share their experiences and discuss solutions.

The coffee mornings are also an opportunity to raise awareness amongst local businesses about the barriers the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community face and it is great to be working with the lovely team at Dom’s Coffee House. They have been so positive from the start and the staff have embraced the chance to learn some sign language and clear communication skills so that they will be able to communicate more easily with Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers.”

Florrie Connell of Dom’s Coffee House said: “We at Dom’s are excited to be part of such a positive event for our community and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone in.”

The coffee mornings will be supported by trained volunteers. Some are sign language students who will be able to benefit from practising their skills in this informal social environment.

Tea, coffee and cake will be on offer and the coffee mornings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Dom’s Coffee House, 23-25 St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UL. 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 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!

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.”