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, and Level 1 in Developing Awareness & Communication with Deaf and Deafblind People.
Both Sam and Shirley are trained in Basic Hearing Aid Maintenance which can be done at our club meetings or on home visits. Home visits are available to anyone wanting to find out more about our services and meet a friendly face before attending a meeting and for those who are too frail to get out.
In May 2018 the club received funding from the Big Lottery to open Hard of Hearing Clubs across the county. At present we have a Pembroke club at Croft Court, The Green, on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm and a Fishguard club at Llain Las, Plas y Fron, on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm. New members are welcome.
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.