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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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 email 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 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.

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

Deaf Awareness Week 2019

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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.

Launch of Deaf Night Out

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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.

CfD Forum – we want your views!

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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:

Session One:   

Equipment Service – feedback and views from our current and past clients (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and ideas for improvements.

Session Two:   

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.