Introducing… Edinburgh Deaf Festival



Edinburgh Deaf Festival

It’s Deaf Awareness Week, so we want to tell you something really exciting that’s happening soon.   Edinburgh Deaf Festival will be a celebration of deaf culture, language & heritage, accessible to all. There will be performances from deaf performers and artists, with regular activities planned throughout this week, such as tours, exhibitions, workshops and book clubs. All events will be interpreted …

Deaf role models – Amy Murray



Deaf role model Amy with tutor Claire
Meet Amy Murray, a deaf actor with a passion for bringing BSL to life in her performances, and one of our deaf role models. She shares her story, alongside her former tutor Claire Lamont, in the video below. Amy's story Amy’s journey started with a love of the arts that turned into a dream to become an actor. But like ...

BSL Bill set to become law



BSL sign being held up at BSL rally in London

Wednesday 27th April 2022 will go down in history as the day the BSL Bill passed its final Parliamentary stage, meaning it will be legally recognised in England, Scotland and Wales. The Bill means that: BSL will be recognised as an official language in England, Scotland and Wales The Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) …

Home energy saving tips



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Many of you will be aware that as of this April, 2022, energy bills are going to increase significantly. Many people out there will be accumulating their energy bills but putting them to one side. Here are some you some quick tips on how to save on your energy bills. These ideas can save you £356 a year. Draught proofing ...

Mask rules in Scottish schools to be eased


Clear Masks

Child learning in school

From February 2022, facemasks are no longer mandatory in secondary school classrooms across Scotland. While wearing masks has been important for keeping children and everyone else safe during the pandemic, it has meant that many deaf young people who rely on lipreading and facial expressions have been left feeling isolated and unable to communicate. For deaf school children, being able …

National Youth Work Awards



Deaf male youth worker with young deaf girl

We’re thrilled that our Youth Coordinator, Mitchell Graham, has been shortlisted in two categories at YouthLink Scotland‘s National Youth Work Awards 2022. Mitchell is shortlisted in two categories: Youth Worker of the Year Equality & Diversity We’re incredibly proud of the work Mitchell has done since joining Deaf Action in 2020. He has transformed our Youth Club, putting deaf young …

Deaf representation in mainstream media



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  There was a steady increase in deaf representation in the mainstream entertainment industry during 2021. In relation to my own experience in television, I put forward the question - just how well represented are deaf and hard of hearing people in film/television? My name is Mae, I was part of the presenting team for the Cbeebies programme - Magic ...

Award nomination round-up



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We are extremely grateful to have been nominated for awards for our work throughout the year. We're ending the year by reflecting on just some of the things we've achieved this year. Through our campaigning work and dedication to supporting our community, we've been honoured to have been nominated for a number of awards. Award nominations and commendations Philip Gerrard ...

How to beat ‘Dinner Table Syndrome’ this Christmas



A table with plates, glasses, food and candles with three people standing in the background talking
Christmas is just days away. It’s a time to gather around the dinner table and share stories from the past year, but it’s often dreaded by deaf and hard of hearing people. ‘Dinner table syndrome’ is a term used by deaf people as they are perpetually left out of conversations that are had at the table. Around 90% of deaf ...

AGM 2021



Missed the AGM earlier this month? You can watch it in full below. Our new vision, mission, values and social aims were revealed and we recapped all the wonderful achievements from the last year here at Deaf Action. Our new mission, vision, values and aims are designed to reflect the work that we are doing and to help us to ...