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:
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.
We deliver training sessions for businesses and organisations to raise awareness of hearing loss and promote inclusive communication.
We run a regular coffee morning and promote other social activities within the Bristol area for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
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
We are looking for people with knowledge and skills in any of the following areas:
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 email or call our office on 0117 9398653.
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week (6 to 12 May) is Deaf Awareness Week, an annual event organised by the UK Council on Deafness.
It is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of Deafness and hearing loss, which affect 1 in 6 people in the UK. This year the theme is ‘Celebrating Role Models’.
Here at the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People we are taking part in the week with a number of events in Bristol.
At our coffee morning on Tuesday 7 May we will be discussing the role models who have had an impact on our lives as Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. We always welcome newcomers at our coffee mornings and encourage anyone living with hearing loss to come and join us at the Bowl of Plenty café in the Colston Hall between 10.30 and 12.30 for a cuppa and a chat about your favourite role models in the Deaf community.
On Thursday 9 May we are delighted to be supporting the launch of a new social group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Bristol. Deaf Night Out is a chance for anyone affected by hearing loss to get together for a night on the town and the group will meet for the first time at 8pm at the Drawbridge Pub, 14 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UT. The aim is to provide an opportunity for people with hearing loss to participate more in all the wonderful nightlife that Bristol has to offer and is open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, BSL learners, interpreters, families and friends.
On Friday 10 May our CEO David Melling will be delivering a Deaf Equality Training session to staff at Burges Salmon, who have welcomed the opportunity to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week and learn more about improving communication and access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
David Melling says “We are delighted to be taking part in Deaf Awareness Week, which helps to spread the word about what life is like for people in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Our work here at CfD is all about breaking down the barriers to communication and encouraging inclusion so that people with hearing loss can play an active role in the life of the city.”
Please see the UK Council on Deafness website for more information about Deaf Awareness Week on a national level.
We’re delighted to be supporting the launch of a new social group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Bristol. The Deaf Night Out group will meet for the first time on 9 May.
Deaf Night Out is a chance for anyone affected by hearing loss to get together for a night on the town. The group will plan together what events they want to go to; it could a trip to the theatre or cinema, a concert, a meal out or other activities like ten pin bowling!
To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, the first night out is planned for Thursday 9 May. The group will meet at 8pm at the Drawbridge Pub, 14 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UT.
Open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, BSL learners, interpreters, families and friends.
The group’s organisers are hoping this will become a regular gathering and allow people with hearing loss to participate more in all the wonderful nightlife that Bristol has to offer.
Come along, bring your friends and make some new ones!
We’ll look forward to seeing you there!
If you’re on Facebook, check out the Deaf Night Out group which you can join to follow updates.
Please come to our forum event to give your feedback on our service and share ideas about what makes a Deaf friendly city.
When: The event is between 10.30am and 1pm on Monday 13th May.
Where: The office of Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX
The forum will be split into two sessions:
Equipment Service – feedback and views from our current and past clients (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and ideas for improvements.
Deaf Friendly City (for Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents and visitors) – what make a city Deaf Friendly?
What are the main barriers in Bristol for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people?
Tea, coffee and cake will be available and everyone attending will receive a £10 Love2shop voucher as a thank you for your time.
We hope you can join us. Your views will help us develop our service and support our work to build a Deaf friendly city.
Numbers are limited so please contact us to book a place.
Tel: 0117 9398653
SMS text: 07749 313085
BSL Interpreters and Speech to Text operators will be available on the day.
If you have any
other access needs, please do let us know.
We are very grateful to solicitors Burges Salmon, who have kindly offered to host the forum at their office in central Bristol.
We are pleased to be supporting Dr Paul Willis of the University of Bristol in his research into how older men experience and combat loneliness in later life.
On 31st January we will be hosting a workshop led by Dr Willis, which will be an opportunity for older men who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to come together with service providers to explore the issue of loneliness and social isolation.
This free workshop will be held here at the Vassall Centre between 9.45am and 1pm and lunch is provided.
BSL interpreters will be available throughout the event.
During the workshop participants will:
1. Receive an overview of emerging findings from the Older Men at the Margins Project at the University of Bristol: a 2-year research project exploring older men’s (65+ years) experiences of loneliness and social isolation from hard-to-reach or seldom heard groups (gay men who are single and living alone, men with hearing loss, men who are carers for significant others, men who are single and living alone in rural/ urban areas). The project team has completed over 100 interviews with men from these different groups living across South West and West England. The project is in collaboration with Age UK and funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research to 2019.
2. Hear from Age UK (national charity for older people) about some of their current initiatives to combat loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in England.
3. Have an opportunity to explore and identify together current gaps in service provision in helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst men with hearing loss and what new initiatives may be needed.
If you would like to take part in the workshop and share your experiences, please sign up online by going to this Eventbrite page.
NB. If you are a man 65+ years of age, your travel expenses to this event can be reimbursed. Please contact Alex Vickery by email at email@example.com or telephone 0117 954 6773.
Keen to save on your energy bills this winter?
Come along to a special event on Friday 16th November to get information and advice about saving energy and how to make the most of using a smart meter.
We are working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to run this event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and there will be BSL interpretation and speech to text available throughout the afternoon.
The event is being held at the offices of VWV at Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.
The programme is as follows:
Everyone attending will get a free warmth pack and LED light bulbs.
There will also be information about how to get £140 towards your fuel bills this winter.
No need to book – just turn up at 12 o’clock!
We run a regular coffee morning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Bristol area. The coffee mornings take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month and we currently meet at the Bowl of Plenty cafe on the ground floor of the Colston Hall in central Bristol.
Our aim is to provide an opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to socialise and share experiences as our CEO, David Melling, explains: “Deaf and Hard of Hearing people may become isolated as a result of their deafness and this can have a real impact on wellbeing. We want to create a welcoming environment for people to get together and relax, as well as share their experiences and discuss solutions.”
The coffee mornings are attended by members of our staff and volunteers and there is always someone there to chat to.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!