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.

Office opening hours over Christmas and New Year

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Season’s greetings from all of us on the team at CfD.

Please note our office and equipment resource room will be closed for the holidays between 24th December and 2nd January. We look forward to working with you again when we re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Our equipment drop-in sessions at the We Care showroom will also stop for the holidays and will begin again in the New Year on Wednesday 8th January.

We wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Election manifestos in BSL

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Thinking about which party to vote for in the General Election on Thursday?

There’s a summary about the policies on this website:…/who-should-i-vote-for-the-uk-…

and here are links to BSL versions of each party’s manifesto:







No BSL here but there’s an easy read version at:

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.