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09 MayDeaf Awareness Week


08 MaySign your name for Deaf Awareness Week!

Today, the Youth Vibe team are out and about in Chester.  The Young people have been challenged to teach 50 people to sign their name using British Sign Language. We hope that this will be a fun evening, raising deaf awareness and teaching new skills to local businesses and member of the public of Chester! Any funds donated on this evening will go towards the Youth Vibe at Deafness Support Network.

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08 MayDeaf Awareness Week Role Models

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SignHealth celebrates their role model today, Marlene Wilson.

The Marlene Wilson Story

Marlene Wilson Photo

My name is Marlene and I grew up in a hearing family. I only remember meeting deaf peers and engaging with the community from when I was 19 years old and at college. I didn’t know any sign language then so had to learn from my new friends. I started as a bank support worker at a 24-hour care home in Tooting where I was supporting clients with the home. I’ve been in my new role for almost four years, working for the outreach support service, supporting clients in Huron Road.  A typical day will start with me coming into the office to check if I have any new emails or if there are any reports to be completed. I’ll then head to see the clients at Huron Road. Here I will check they have taken their medication, support them with any letters they’ve received or appointments they have coming up and I take time to chat to them before they go out.

I would describe my core role to be to support the client’s wellbeing. This involves several activities including assisting them to attend the GP, holding housing meetings, encouraging them to take part in activities as well as attending Springfield hospital for regular meetings with their CPN.

When I first started working as a support worker, one client who’s lived in supported living for 25 years has always been reluctant to socialise with peers but with our support and understanding, she finally started attending deaf club for the bingo which has been a real success for her well-being.

There have been many clients who I have supported and seen a real change in their circumstances. For example, one client I supported now goes to volunteer gardening and this made them much more motivated and was rewarding to see. Another client I worked with was quite low and anxious but after many emails to the housing association, we managed to get her the pet she wanted to brighten her day. She’s much happier now as her new cat became a sort of therapy to help her mental health.

I’m proud of my deaf identity and it’s nice to see the community get a bigger profile during Deaf Awareness Week. It’s wonderful to see children able to look up to deaf role models and learning more about sign language.

I think SignHealth has changed for the better over the years and it’s great to see the new head office bringing people together and encouraging team working.

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08 MayDeaf Awareness Week


Today UK Deaf Sport celebrate Deaf Awareness Week Role Models 2019 in Sport.

Here at UK Deaf Sport, we don’t have one role model we want to shout out about on this particular day but instead we want to take a moment to reflect and celebrate all the role models we have in the volunteers and organisations involved in making sport and physical activity opportunities for deaf children, young people and adults happen across the UK.

We know so many hours, sweat and tears are poured into the planning and preparation of sport and physical activity opportunities on a daily basis and we are grateful for this. We are continually inspired by our athletes, their training and determination and know they inspire the next generation of athletes performing on a domestic and international stage. Join us at UK Deaf Sport to celebrate and give thanks to everyone involved and continue the great work around deaf participation in sport and physical activity across the UK.


07 May‘1 in 6’ posters created by City College Norwich Student

Photography student’s thought-provoking poster campaign for Deaf Awareness Week

Karolina Michalik, a photography student at City College Norwich, has used her camera and editing skills to produce a series of thought-provoking posters that will be exhibited in the college during Deaf Awareness Week (6th – 12th May, 2019).

CCN student Karolina Michalik with her deaf awareness campaign posters (Credit - City College Norwich)

Twenty-year-old Karolina, from Watton, has titled the series ‘1 in 6’, because that is the proportion of people in the UK who have a hearing impairment.  Karolina’s posters aim to make people think about deafness, whilst providing practical tips for communicating with deaf people.

The project grew out of a piece of work Karolina did for her college course, the UAL Extended Diploma in Photography.  Karolina, who is deaf herself, carried out research with a mix of both hearing and deaf people to inform her campaign messages.

While the deaf people Karolina spoke to expressed lots of positives in relation to their identity and lives, her research also found that there can be barriers between deaf and hearing people.  These can arise because hearing people are unsure of how to interact with deaf people and because of a lack of basic knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL) signs.

Karolina’s poster exhibition will be on show in City College Norwich’s main reception and library during Deaf Awareness Week.

Speaking about the impact she hopes her posters will have, Karolina Michalik said:

“I want to promote deaf awareness and show people the basic ways they can communicate with deaf people, because lots of people aren’t deaf aware and they find it difficult to communicate.  I thought if I look at the basic rules, and put them into a campaign, and advertise this in an exhibition, then hopefully people will use the information and try to communicate more.”

Click here to view and download Karolina’s posters.

Another initiative for Deaf Awareness Week will see the launch of a BSL glossary and Deaf Awareness resource at City College Norwich, which has been produced through a project involving more than 50 teaching and support staff at the college.