CDA will have a stall at the Volunteer for Cambridge event on the 20th October. Why not come along and see us!

 

Saturday 20th October CDA will be at ‘Volunteer for Cambridge’, an event all about volunteering in the area.

We will have a stall there and will be promoting our volunteer service.

Volunteer for Cambridge are inviting you to come!

Date: Saturday 20th October

Time: 11am – 4pm.

Location: The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QF

We would love to see you there, come and support CDA and see other stalls for any volunteering opportunities and creating a positive social change.

An interpreter will be present.

We hope to see you there!

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We’re 100 strong!

Great news today as CDA has reached a milestone of 100 people actively involved in the association as members, staff, volunteers or trustees!

Together we can make a positive difference to the future for deaf people in our area.

Funeral details for former CDA Chair Michael Searle Announced

The family of former CDA Chairperson Michael Searle, who passed away on 14th September, have confirmed the details for his funeral.

His funeral will be held on 8th October. The main service will be at All Saints Church, Hartford, Huntingdon at 12 noon.

His Son, David, said: ‘If anyone who remembers him from his time at CDA would like to attend they would be most welcome.’

CDA sends our deepest condolences to Micheal’s family and friends.

The family have kindly nominated CDA to be the charity to benefit from giving in his memory.

BSL Interpreted walk around Ferry Meadows

On Friday 21 September Nene Park Trust are excited to be holding their very first British Sign Language interpreted Guided Walk with a Ranger.  
The walk starts at 10:30am at Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre.
 
From here Ranger, Ian Lowe, along with a BSL interpreter, will take walkers around the main lakes of Ferry Meadows, taking in Milton Ferry Bridge and other points of interest along the route providing a range of interesting Park facts before heading back to the Visitor Centre. 
 
We hope all participants will learn something new about Ferry Meadows and questions will be welcomed.
 
The walk will last around one and a half hours, covering approximately 4 miles on reasonably accessible tarmac and hard surfaced paths.
 
The walk is suitable for those aged 10 years and above.
 
There is a charge of £2 per person for this event and parking charges at Ferry Meadows apply. 
 
Places are limited so booking is essential and this can be done on the Nene Park Trust website www.nenepark.org.uk
 
Go to Visit Us on the top menu then click on Events for the full listings where you’ll find all the walk details and terms and conditions.
 
For any questions or queries about this walk including details on accessibility please contact Nene Park Trust in person at Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre, by email at visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.ukor by calling 01733 234193.

You can buy tickets here! https://neneparktrust.cloudvenue.co.uk/guidedwalkwitharanger1

 

New crafts sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month at our Peterborough Drop-in. Just £1 for members!

New Deaf Craft with new logo

New crafts sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month at our Peterborough Drop-in. Just £1 for members and £2 for non-members.

Come along to learn exciting things such as how to crochet a coaster!

The crafts are a great way of getting together with other deaf people to chat and learn new skills.

At our Peterborough Drop-in at the City College, from 12:30-14:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Campaign Success! Live video interpreting at A&E in Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke

Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals have both introduced Sign Live, the video interpreting services, into their Emergency Departments.

This means that deaf patients who are attending for an emergency can get access to communication in BSL immediately during Sign Live’s opening hours.

Sign Live will be rolled out to other departments soon and deaf patients can also contact the hospitals direct using the Sign Live Community Directory app. CDA has donated two Apple iPads to be used in the hospitals for deaf people to use Sign Live.

The move represents a success for CDA’s Health Campaign. The campaign began in 2015 and has seen many local deaf people give their stories about access to health in a report undertaken by Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. You can read more about all our work on health here.

CDA has also, as part of the TotalVoice Independent Advocacy Service, been working with deaf people to raise complaints about their experiences.

Andy Palmer, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire Deaf Association said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that North West Anglia Hosptials NHS Foundation Trust have commissioned Sign Live.

“It is a massive improvement in access to emergency healthcare for local deaf people and should go a long way to addressing the issues that our members have raised time and time again.

“Video relay interpreting doesn’t replace face-to-face interpreting and the hospitals have committed to continuing to arrange interpreters for appointments. But for emergencies finding interpreters quickly is always a challenge and Sign Live helps to plug that gap.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Maria Finch and Simon Howard from the NHS who have both worked very hard to implement this project. Also, I want to pay tribute to all the local deaf people who have shared their stories and experiences and came along to meetings to help make this happen.

“A special mention is due to the team at Healthwatch who have been committed to equality of access to information and spent much time and resource on getting the ‘Accessible Information as Standard‘ report published and the meetings that followed.

“It shows what can happen when different organisations work together for the common good and when deaf people have a strong local association to fight their corner.”

 

 

Befriending Service Now Open to Referrals!

Our Befriending service is now open to referrals.

If you would like a befriender to go with you to CDA events, attend community events, visit you in your own home, please make a referral and we will contact you in due course.

Referrals are now open so please fill in this form, choosing the service ‘befriending‘.

Deaf Sports in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire get £17k boost

Deaf people’s access to sport is set to be revolutionised in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

After receiving funding from Sport England, Santander Bank and the Boshier-Hinton Foundation, CDA will recruit a part-time Deaf Sports and Leisure coordinator to serve the area’s deaf population.

The new coordinator’s role will be to support the running of Peterborough United’s deaf football team and The Peterborough Raptors basketball team as well as organise a whole host of new activity.

The new activity will likely include sports for women and girls, martial arts, walking football and other ways to keep active, like group gardening and walks. The funding will also go towards the continuation of Sammy’s Sports Club. A sports and activity club aimed at younger deaf people.

Work to recruit a new sports coordinator will begin soon.

Baksetball player Vladimirs Krumins

Andrew Palmer, CDA’s Managing Director said: “Sports and physical activity are known to be good for physical and mental health and general wellbeing. It’s also a great way to meet new people and build lasting friendships.

“We’re lucky that there’s always been a healthy desire for sports in the deaf community in our area. Just look at Peterborough United’s deaf football team and our new basketball teams – both of which CDA are actively involved in – and you can see that dozens of young deaf people are enjoying sport each week.

“Sense (The charity for deafblind people) have been working with us on Basketball and Yoga but without the funding Yoga could be under threat even though its popular among smaller groups.

“So there’s lots of progress but there is so much more that can be done. There aren’t any deaf female sports teams in the area for example. There’s scope for other sports like marital arts or badminton and encouragement of other physical activity like rambling or gardening. We want to get things going across all of that.

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“I’d like to thank Sport England, Santander and the Boshier-Hinton Foundation for getting this latest stage of our sport project off the ground. Without them this would not be possible.”

For more information about our work please email office@cambsdeaf.org

 

 

Volunteer with CDA. A great way to gain new skills and change lives

Do you want to make a difference in a deaf person’s Life?

Our new volunteer Befriending Service project is the perfect chance to grow as a person, gaining new skills, all whilst improving someone else’s life.

If would like to volunteer please read the job description below and then fill in the form. If you’d like more information about the project and roles, please email our coodinator Tara Forkin on tara.forkin@cambsdeaf.org

Read the Job Description

British Sign Language basics course in Huntingdon. 7th August, 10am-1pm.

 

Tuesday 7th has been postponed – watch this space for future dates.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Are you keen to learn sign language or do you deal with deaf people in your working life?

We are holding British Sign Language basics course in Huntingdon.  The cost is just £30 per person, so book soon to miss disappointment.

To book, email Sarah at sarah.evagora@cambsdeaf.org

Venue:

  • Huntingdon Saxongate Community Learning Centre, Bradbury Place, Huntingdon, PE29 3RR

Join our experienced and knowledgeable tutor for a fascinating and useful introduction to British Sign Language. The course is aimed at people thinking about doing a British Sign Language course leading to a qualification or people who work in customer facing or public service positions.

After the course, you will be able to sign:

  • In the structure of British Sign Language
  • Fingerspelling alphabet
  • Sign names
  • Greetings
  • Gesture & expression in BSL
  • Numbers
  • Basic conversations

Here’s what Lucy said about the course:

“I took the Sign Language Basics Course with my sister and it exceeded my expectations! Alongside learning practical skills such as finger spelling and basic conversation there was a comprehensive introduction to BSL which helped put into context what we were learning. I left the course feeling inspired and eager to learn more. Couldn’t recommend highly enough, thank you!” August 2017