Celebrating Deaf Awareness Week 2024 



Deaf Awareness Week 2024 It’s Deaf Awareness here in the UK, and so to celebrate, Mitchell, Charlotte, and Tomas have been sharing content throughout the week to raise awareness about deafness. To get us started, we thought we'd look at the diversity of deafness. The diversity of deafness   You might think that all deaf people communicate in the same ...

Join the book hunt for the Brennan Library



Pages of books

Within Deaf Action’s home in Edinburgh, we have been busy planning how best to create a library. We want this library to be brimming with books, stories and knowledge, and of course, to be a celebration of our community’s culture and heritage. To bring this vision to life, we need your help. We’re on a book hunt! Do you have …

Celebrating Sign Language Week 2024 



DEaf Action team member teaching people BSL British Sign Language on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Sign Language Week 2024 - What is British Sign Language? It’s Sign Language Week here in the UK, and so to celebrate, we’ll be sharing content throughout the week to raise awareness about British Sign Language (BSL), and sign languages in general. To kick us off, we thought we’d give you an overview about what BSL is! What is BSL? ...

Arts funding restored in Scotland – what we hope it means for Edinburgh Deaf Festival



With the Scottish Budget being announced on Tuesday 19 December, we are encouraged to see some funding being restored to the arts in Scotland. After Edinburgh Deaf Festival was denied funding for on two occasions by Creative Scotland, we hope this means more deaf-led projects will be fairly funded in the coming years. Deaf Action’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival is just …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival is at risk due to funding decision



Edinburgh Deaf Festival has had two funding applications rejected by Creative Scotland, putting the future of the festival at risk.   Edinburgh Deaf Festival faces an uncertain future after being denied funding by Creative Scotland. Our festival, which was launched in 2022, has come to establish itself as an integral part of the Edinburgh Festival family. Our work in creating …

Christmas and New Year opening hours



Red background with faint christmas lights sparkling throughout. Overlaid is white text reading: 'Chritsmas and New Year opening hours'. In the bottom Right corner is the white Deaf Action logomark.

Over Christmas and New Year, there will be some changes to our services and operating hours.  Edinburgh office Deaf Action’s offices at 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, will be closed from 5pm 22 December until 9am 3 January. During this time, you will be unable to visit the offices, however, you can still contact the relevant services if you require support. …

Digital drop-in sessions



Want to know more about digital technology and how to use it?   Dates: Every Thursday Time: 12pm – 3pm Where: Brennan Suite, Deaf Action, Albany St, Edinburgh We have launched a brand new digital drop-in service designed to help you learn more about digital technology. The sessions are open to all and are available in BSL and/or English. Come …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival ‘Highly Commended’ at Diversity Awards



Diversity award badge for The Herald Diversity Awards 2023

We are excited to announce that Deaf Action was commended in ‘Diversity Campaign of the Year’ category for our work on the Edinburgh Deaf Festival, at the recent Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2023. The award ceremony, which took place on 12 October, celebrated the work undertaken by organisations to help break down barriers, improve accessibility and promote diversity across …

BSL family classes are back



A family sit together using sign language to communicate. A Young girl sits on the knees of her parents facing her dad.

British sign language family classes Edinburgh Dates: 7 November – 12 December 2023 Time: Every Tuesday 6pm – 8pm Price: Free Where: Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh Glasgow Dates: 16 January – 20 February 2024 Time: Every Tuesday 6pm – 8pm Price: Free Where: Deaf Action, 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow Join us for this BSL family class course, …

Interview tips for deaf job-seekers



Employability Service

Get ready to ace that interview! Here are our top tips to help you prepare for full-time employment. If you’ve secured a job interview, you’ll want to make sure you showcase your skills. However, as a deaf job seeker, there may be unique challenges to overcome. Our Employability team has put together these top tips to help you prepare and …