David Melling, CEO of Centre for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People (CfD), tells us about the organisation:
CfD has been around for more than 140 years under different guises but our ethos remains the same: to provide support and guidance for people with hearing loss (Deaf and Hard of Hearing).
Currently, we run an equipment service funded by Bristol City Council (BCC) and are also raising funds to provide workshops for people who are new to hearing loss, as well as a project looking at supporting people with Dementia and hearing loss.
We also provide a professional training program called Deaf Equality Training, open to businesses and charities, so they can improve their communication techniques. Hearing loss is a communication barrier, not a physical barrier – we need more than just a loop system placed on a desk or till.
The organisation is working hard to improve communication techniques in Bristol and to reduce isolation. Loss of hearing can be incredibly isolating, which is why many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people can feel lonely, even when in a room full of people.
We need those with hearing loss to stand up and be vocal about their struggles. Hearing loss does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone regardless of race, sex, religion, etc. At CfD, we appreciate your stories. We host a coffee morning at the Watershed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month which is a great opportunity to get together with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to relax over a cuppa and share experiences and discuss solutions.
The group is run by a bilingual BSL/English speaker and everyone is welcome: Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and partners and friends can of course come too.
For more information on CfD please click here.