Interpreter Phil Sewell at Folly Farm on our second visit to this venue
We are a deaf-led club, which means that our committee are all deaf in some way. Our committee members at present are:
- Sian Davies (Chairperson)
- Nia Jones (Secretary)
- Hannah Norman (Trustee)
- Rhiannon Griffiths (Trustee)
- Beth Hughes (Trustee)
The committee is supported by Sam Dowler who is qualified in British Sign Language Level 2 and has experience of both working, and volunteering, with deaf and hard of hearing people. The club also has a volunteer Communication Support Worker, Shirley David, who is qualified to NVQ level 6 in British Sign Language, Level 1 in Developing Awareness & Communication with Deaf and Deafblind People and trained in Basic Hearing Aid Maintenance.
In the year April 2017 - March 2018 there were 50 participants aged 24 - 84, as follows:
27 deaf people included
- Profoundly deaf/deaf BSL users 11
- Hard of hearing 12
- Deafened 1
- Deafblind 3
16 hearing attendees included
- Hearing parents of deaf children 5
- Siblings of a deaf child 4
- Carers of a deaf child or adult 3
- students studying BSL 4
95 people were members of our FaceBook closed group.
We have a wide range of communication methods and we work together to support each other and ensure everyone is included. For example, when we have visiting speakers, go on trips, or hold our AGM we have volunteers to support with note taking as well as employing interpreters for BSL. We also have Sonido listening devices and a Conversor which allow our participants to use the loop function, or headphones, to become more involved.