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28 Sep2017 UKCoD Trustee Election

The UK Council on Deafness invites you to nominate yourself or a senior representative from your organisation for a position on its Board.

This year we have four vacancies.  Long standing trustees, Bencie Woll and Michael Quinlan are standing down after serving two terms and Gary Cottrell, who stood down last December.  Jason Barnett has completed his first term of three years, so is eligible for re-election should he wish to put his name forward once more.

Please consider whether you can nominate a senior representative from your own organisation to join our Board.  We need nominations to join our remaining Trustees, who are:

  • Craig Crowley, Chair UKCoD – Action Deafness
  • Mary Sorene – BIVR
  • Jeff McWhinney – SignVideo
  • Simon Pearse – Trustee NADP
  • Ralph Nattress – Retiree

It’s an exciting and active time to increase your involvement with the Council and the Board will oversee work over the next year that includes areas such as

  • A common purpose for the sector
  • Telecommunications/VRS
  • Public health campaign
  • APPG on Deafness
  • Access to Work update
  • Deaflympics GB recognition
  • BSL Inquiry

To make a nomination, please complete the 2017 Trustee Election – Nomination Form together with the name of the Member Organisation representative supporting this nomination, sent with brief biographical information (maximum 170 words) and return it via:

Ralph Nattress at


UK Council on Deafness, c/o Griffin Chapman, 4 & 5 The Cedars, Apex 12, Old Ipswich Road, Colchester, Essex CO7 7QR.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 18th October 2017.

If more than four people are nominated a ballot will take place end of October and the result will be announced at our AGM on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees:

Craig Crowley MBE

Chair, UK Council on Deafness


19 SepEnjoy getting up to date at BT Tower….

Enhancing Deaf Access – Telecommunication and Broadcasting Conference Update

Thursday, 16th November at BT Tower

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An opportunity not to be missed!

Get up to date, hear about the latest upcoming developments Enhancing Deaf Access – Telecommunication and Broadcasting, enjoy networking and the included buffet lunch in the exclusive revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower whilst enjoying the view below….

REGISTER ONLINE or for further information or assistance with registration contact Clare Long at

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14 SepAction on Hearing Loss GP Survey

Do you find it difficult to book GP appointments?

Do you need a BSL interpreter to get all the information you need about your health and care?

If so, Action on Hearing Loss want to hear from you!  

Over the past three years, NHS guidance and quality standards have been introduced across the UK which to improve the way GPs and other NHS services communicate with people who are Deaf.  Action on Hearing Loss have launched a major new survey to gather evidence on the impact of these changes.

video has also been produced, see link below, which explains the survey in BSL.  Action on Hearing Loss are offering an option for people to book appointments with them so that your answers can be given in BSL over Skype/Facetime.

Take the survey today and share your views!




Action Deafness (AD) is moving to a new office base in Loughborough!

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Deaf-led Action Deafness (one of the top 10 Deaf organisations in the UK) is now fit and ready to capitalise on facilities provided at the Advanced Technology & Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Loughborough University to support the next phase of its own development work.

AD will continue to retain an office at the Peepul Centre, Leicester but the majority of staff and services, including Communications Interpreting and Community Personal Assistance (PA) will move to the new building.

AD will also continue to operate its own local offices in Derby and Brighton to maintain its close relationships with valued customers, clients and stakeholders.

The move to Loughborough is scheduled to be completed in the first week of October 2017.

Karen Read, Joint Chair of Action Deafness, said: “This new location embodies the organisation’s ambition to build on our regional and national services. It is particularly an exciting time for the organisation!”

For more information please contact Action Deafness:


Telephone:          0844 593 8440



12 SepAPPG on Deafness

The APPG on Deafness held its AGM last Tuesday, 5th September and re-register as an APPG following the general election.

We are delighted to announce that at this meeting, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour, Polar and Limehouse) was reappointed unopposed as Chair of the Group.  Full details of appointed officers can be found at


During the AGM a good discussion took place on Access to Work and BSL Language recognition.  The minutes of the meeting and previous meetings can be viewed at or here:

APPG on Deafness Minutes [PDF]

A survey on the AtW cap has been created, details of which can be found here.  The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017