Deaf Awareness Week

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This year Deaf Awareness Week is the week of 4th to 10th May. We are celebrating by offering two online information sessions to help raise awareness about all aspects of Deafness.

Free one hour Deaf Equality Training session

12 to 1pm Wednesday 6th May
In this session our CEO David Melling will run one of his popular Deaf Equality Training sessions online via Zoom. He will share information about different types of hearing loss, communication tips and best practice.
If you would like to sign up, please email David.
Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so do please get in touch soon if you’re interested.

Live Q and A session with our CEO

12 to 1pm Thursday 7th May
In this session our CEO David who will answer your questions on everything related to access and equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
Please email your questions to David and he will answer them during a live session on Zoom, which will also be recorded. Please click here to join the session on Zoom.

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 10.30am.

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

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 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 you can use:
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 to understand all the current information.

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 accessible venues around the city centre.

The group are currently working on a plan for the next few months and new dates will be announced soon. Please watch this space! We will post new details here on the CfD website and our social media pages.

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

Arnolfini exhibition tour with BSL interpretation – event CANCELLED

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We have been working in partnership with the Arnolfini to arrange a BSL interpreted tour of their current exhibitions.
The event we had arranged for this Saturday 21 March has now been cancelled due to the situation with the Coronavirus.

Please see the Arnolfini website for their closure announcement.

Everything is changing very fast at the moment as we work to respond to this situation. The health and safety of our community is our biggest priority and we will post updates here on our website and on our social media channels to keep you informed about other changes to our activities and services.

For the latest information about the Coronavirus, please visit the Public Health England website.

For information about the Coronavirus in BSL, please visit this page of the Signhealth website.

Dementia and the Deaf community

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

between 6 – 8pm, Tuesday 11 February

at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Staff from the Carers Support Centre will be there to share information about their service and explain:

  • what support you can have if you care for someone
  • grants from the local authority
  • relief care if you have to go out and leave your partner for a while

We hope to set up a deaf carers group so that people can share ideas.

This event will be chaired by Clark Denmark.

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.

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 on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

We usually meet between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Watershed on Bristol’s harbourside.

Unfortunately because of concern about the Coronavirus, we are cancelling our coffee mornings for the time being.

The safety of everyone involved with CfD is our number one priority and we think it is better to be cautious. We will miss seeing you all and will post an update about when we can meet again as soon as the situation improves.

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.

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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

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

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