Events

Living with hearing loss in times of Covid

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FREE ZOOM WORKSHOPS on 16 & 17 March 2021!

Thanks to The Care Forum’s Bristol Join-Up fund and Disability Action’s DPO Covid-19 emergency fund we are able to start a new project to try and tackle the issues Hard of Hearing people have because of this pandemic.

We are delivering a series of 2-hour virtual workshops over two days, on the following subjects:

• What is a hearing loss?

• Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss Equipment

• Communication Techniques (lip-reading, etc)

• How hearing loss affects your emotional wellbeing

People who do not have access to internet or digital hardware can apply to borrow a tablet. We will deliver the tablet and pick up after the workshops. Tablets will be delivered following the latest Government guidelines. We will also have technical support via the phone should anyone be struggling to connect or use the devices.

Presenters will include staff from CfD, a local teacher of lipreading, an audiologist/hearing therapist and HoH people willing to share their Covid-experiences.

If you or anyone that you know of who has been feeling isolated during the lockdown, and would like to book onto this course, please get in touch by emailing us at office@cfd.org.uk or call 0117 9398653.

Workshops and guest speakers

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Are you Hard of Hearing or Deaf and has Covid made your work harder?

We can provide workshops and guest speakers to provide support to you.

For more information, please contact us via email: employment@centrefordeaf.org.uk or findwork@gda.org.uk.

Join us for an online coffee morning!

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We are missing the CfD coffee mornings so we thought we would try to get together by Zoom for a coffee morning and chat online.  You have to bring your own coffee and cake!

When? Every Tuesday morning at 11am.

You will need to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer to join in. We will use an application called Zoom which is similar to Skype and lets us see each other as a group. If you have not downloaded Zoom before, then click here to download it and join the meeting.

There is a useful BSL video with information about how to use Zoom on YouTube – please click here to watch it.

If you have any problems connecting to Zoom or joining the meeting, please email David at office@centrefordeaf.org.uk

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Sensory Impairment Team offer support by video

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Bristol City Council’s Sensory Impairment Team provides support with:
• Translating letters from English to BSL
• Phoning and booking appointments
• Advice with paying bills or finding out more information from service providers
• Contacting any services you need to access

Due to Coronavirus, drop in sessions will no longer be available at the usual locations such as Bedminster library and Bristol Community Links South.

Instead the team will provide live video support sessions during the following times:
Monday 10am to 12pm
Wednesday 10am to 12pm
Friday 1.30pm to 3.30pm

They will use Zoom video to allow two or three-way conversations. You will need a laptop with a webcam, tablet or smart-mobile with access to the internet. You will then need to accept the Zoom invitation to an online meeting. Zoom is a confidential and secure video call system.

To book an online appointment, please email sensory.impairment@bristol.gov.uk and the team will arrange a suitable time for the online meeting to take place.

If you are unable to use email, you can text Trish on 07795 445836 or Iain on 07741 815708 to arrange for a video support session via Zoom.

Please click on this link to see this information in a BSL video.

If you need to contact the health services, NHS 111 have a BSL video relay service.

If you would like to know more about Coronavirus in BSL, please look at the Signhealth website.

If you still don’t understand Coronavirus and need further explanation in BSL, please contact us and we can arrange a video support session to help you understand all the current information.