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Archive for May 3rd, 2017

03 MayCelebrating the support for deaf people on 2nd – 5th May

The support available for deaf people in North Somerset will be highlighted during Deaf Awareness Week from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May.

The week will have a ‘celebration’ theme and will showcase the work of the various organisations providing support for people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss.

There will be a display of information and equipment in the foyer of the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare throughout the week. Representatives from different services will be there and available to talk to between 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm from Tuesday to Friday.

They will include:

  • Action on Hearing Loss who will be offering free online hearing checks
  • Sense – a dual sensory impairment charity based in Bristol
  • Vision North Somerset’s equipment officer for deaf and hearing impaired people who will visit people in their homes to assess what equipment could help them such as a flashing doorbell system, amplified telephone or television aid
  • Weston General Hospital’s audiology service
  • Weston College
  • Citizens Advice North Somerset
  • Avon Fire and Rescue Service
  • North Somerset Council’s social worker who supports deaf and hard of hearing people
  • SARABEC who will be demonstrating specialist equipment for deaf people
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People who train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss
  • Community Connect
  • AB Cochlear Implants.

Visitors to the Town Hall will also have the opportunity to talk to Derek Boardman and Lucy Brewer who will be running interactive deaf awareness activities.

Derek, a former sign language teacher, was diagnosed as deaf when he was four years old. Lucy is also profoundly deaf and has a hearing dog Cazzie to alert her to sounds such as doorbells, alarm clocks and traffic.

A timetable of who will be at the stand at what time is available on the council’s website at or by telephone on 01275 882 826 or 07917 265576.

There will also be a ‘crack the code’ competition using British Sign Language (BSL) finger spelling and a digital interactive colouring activity for young children with prizes for the winners.

In addition, lip reading teacher Gillian Drennan will be running free lip reading taster sessions at the Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 12.30pm. These 20-minute sessions need to be booked in advance by texting 0748 200 2303.

Weston College’s deaf and hard of hearing lead practitioner Emm Sharpe will be visiting Uphill and Mendip Green primary schools on Tuesday and Locking and Ashcombe primary schools on Thursday, accompanied by Derek Boardman and Lucy Brewer with her dog Cazzie.

Derek will sign a story to the children supported by a BSL interpreter. Emm, with the help of Derek and Lucy, will then teach the children some basic BSL phrases and the alphabet.

There will also be an information stand at Portishead Library on Thursday where Liz Watkins, the council’s social worker supporting deaf people, will be available to talk to and give advice, and a stand in the main reception area at Weston Hospital each morning supported by the hospital’s audiology service.

03 May18 May 2017


At a glance

18 May 2017


Booking information

No admission fee – donations welcome

Drop in

Entry to M Shed is from 5.45pm


Additional information

BSL Interpreters are available for all talks, but must be booked in advance, by emailing Interpreters will be cancelled on the Monday prior to the talk if no bookings are made.


03 MayTransport for London

Please offer me a seat

Transport for London (TfL) have aunched a new badge and card to help our customers who are less able to stand get a seat when they need one.

The free badge and card are now available through their website, at There are no qualifying criteria; applicants do not need to provide a GP’s note or their medical history.

The badge and card can be used across the network, on London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Trams and River Services.

Full details and how to apply