Scotland’s Year of Stories



Year of Stories Preserving & celebrating Edinburgh's deaf heritage As the oldest deaf centre in the world, we have a story or two to tell. Created in partnership with Scotland's Year of Stories, this collection aims to celebrate our building's history, preserve our community's heritage, and shine a light on your memories. Each person shares their unique experiences with our ...

Blackwood Bar opens as warm space



Women in green black apron using espresso machine to make coffee

The Blackwood Bar is now open as a warm space. With the cost of living  on the the rise, we understand that winter can be challenging, with people finding it harder to pay bills. To help our community during this time, we are now open as a warm space. Join us at the Blackwood Bar for free hot drinks and toasties …

Easthill Care Home featured in BBC series, ‘See Hear’



Easthill Home for Deaf People, operated by Deaf Action, recently featured in the BBC’s See Hear, a programme focusing on issues facing the deaf community.   The episode explored the residential care options that are currently available for elderly deaf people in the UK. As highlighted in the episode, Easthill is currently the only care home for deaf BSL users in …

CQC awards good rating to Easthill Home for Deaf People



The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has awarded our care home on the Isle of Wight an overall rating of ‘Good’ across all our services.   Easthill Home for Deaf People is the only residential care home for deaf BSL users in the UK, ensuring our residents can access information in their preferred language. Easthill has operated for over 50 years and …

Deaf Action and Heriot-Watt University formalised partnership



Deaf Action and Heriot-Watt University have been working together for many years, with our values centred around the rights of deaf people. Now, we’re proud to have formalised our partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding. Together we will: support each other with knowledge sharing, research and deaf studies increase opportunities for interpreters in training protect and celebrate deaf history and culture We’re …

Our building restoration works



Front of Deaf Action's buidling with black door and Georgian windows

As the oldest deaf charity in the world, we have called 49 Albany Street in Edinburgh our home since 1889. We understand the significance our building has for the deaf community and its heritage. That’s why we have committed to the ongoing restoration of the building, ensuring we can offer a space that is fit to serve our communities today, …

Jemma’s story: ‘My journey into employment’



Woman in white top turning towards camera while using coffee machine

“After reaching out to Deaf Action’s Employability service, I met with Carole who invited me in for an appointment. We discussed my CV and she helped me look for vacancies online. Carole suggested we met with a recruiter, who could help me on my job search. During my first appointment with Carole, we saw the newly refurbished Blackwood Bar. While …

Top tips for working with BSL/English interpreters



Hands showing BSL sign for interpreter

If you’re new to working with interpreters, we’ve put together this essential guide so you know what to expect. Interpreters aid communication between deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) and hearing people who use English. The interpreter will relay information by listening to spoken English and interpreting it into BSL, or will watch the BSL and translate it …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023 dates announced



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Following the success of the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, we are delighted to announce it will be back next year, taking place from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 August 2023.  Organised by Deaf Action, this year’s festival was a celebration of deaf culture, language and identity. With over 100 performances including comedy, theatre, cabaret, and heritage tours, the festival put …

Making the Edinburgh festival season accessible



Hands pinning up green post-it which reads 'best festival ever'

Last month, Deaf Action hosted the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, a week-long celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage. But that wasn’t the end of our involvement in the Edinburgh festivals. Our skilled team coordinated interpreters and captioners for both the Edinburgh Deaf Festival and Fringe performances throughout August, making even more of the festival season accessible to deaf people. …