We’re working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to bring you the news in BSL

We’re proud to be working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to bring the deaf community weekly news in British Sign Language.

In a 5-week trial, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will be providing the news content and our presenters will bring you the top news each week from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough translated into British Sign Language.

Today sees the first edition which includes news about Cambridge’s new railway station, a drugs bust in Peterborough and a man from Sawtry who wants to ban cats from the village.

Andy Palmer, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire Deaf Association said: “Many people will be used to seeing the national news translated into BSL on the News Channel each morning and lunch time – but what about local news?

“I’m delighted that we’re working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to produce weekly news in British Sign Language and thrilled that for the first time we’re able to put a programme out like this and make local news accessible to the sign language community.”

“This is trial so we will be looking to see what people think and make a decision on what happens next after a few weeks.”

The first edition was filmed at Allia Future Business Centre with the kind permission of the management there. Nationally respected BSL expert translator Daryl Jackson joined the presenting team of Tara Forkin and Sarah Evagora on location and provided expert support.

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Keep an eye on our social media and website for the edition next Saturday.

John Cheetham, Former President of Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society has passed away.


It is with great sadness we learned yesterday of the passing of John Cheetham.

John, a prominent and respected figure in the deaf and hearing loss community in Peterborough, worked extensively with Lions Club International on their campaigns for improving the lives of people with hearing loss.

John was also was actively involved in the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society (PDDCS) for over 20 years serving on the committee and as President until 2011.

His dedication to improving the lives of local deaf children was said to be crucial in the survival of the charity when times were tough and folding seemed likely.

Due to his time with PDDCS, John will have become known personally to many of the now deaf adults in Peterborough and their families who today who will remember his dedication, clarity of thought, laugh and friendly approach with fondness and admiration.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

John’s funeral will be held at Bretton Baptist Church, Copeland, Bretton, Peterborough at 12 noon, 16th March.

Spring 2017 Cambs Deaf News Out Now!

The Spring Edition of Cambridgeshire Deaf News is currently being posted and emailed out to hundreds of people across the area.

This edition features a front page picture and tribute to our Volunteer Befriender Suzanne Foulstone who passed away this month.

Included too is other news from the Deaf Community in Cambridgeshire including sports, social news and our diary and useful contact details pages.

If you would like a paper copy sent to you, please get in contact

Ruth Godden wins Health Worker of the Year 2016

ruth.jpgCDA’s Managing Professional Advocate Ruth Godden has won Health Worker of the Year 2016 at the Cambridge News Community Awards.

Ruth, pictured above, is a qualified independent advocate for deaf people and took the award after being recognised for her work in the deaf community, particularly advocating for clients with health needs.

Ruth has worked for CDA three years and in that time played an important role in developing our Support and Advocacy Service which has supported hundred of deaf clients in that time. Often the cases she works on involve complex health needs or critical legal or safeguarding elements.

Ruth has also been at the forefront of developing valuable new services including the vital Freedom Programme in BSL and our Group Advocacy service.

Ruth is pictured here with John Elvin from award sponsor Medimmune at the ceremony at Homerton College in Cambridge on Tuesday night.

From all the staff and trustees at CDA – Congratulations!


Cambridgeshire Deaf News out now!

The latest edition of our amazing newsletter, Cambridgeshire Deaf News, is out now! Its on the way in the post to our hundreds of subscribers but you can read it here first now.

There’s over 30 stories and pictures from events all over Cambridgeshire, plus a comprehensive events calendar, news, sport, contacts and ‘That Deaf Guy’ cartoon, courtesy of Matt Dagle! Enjoy