Mask rules in Scottish schools to be eased


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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



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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 ...

The ‘Rose effect’: How long will it last?



Rose Ayling Ellis on Strictly Come Dancing
Our Project Coordinator, Tomas, has noticed a sharp increase in people asking about deaf people and their culture ever since deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis appeared as the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. She has quickly become a role model, challenging stereotypical norms surrounding deaf people and music. Teaching the nation more about deaf culture has been at the ...

Virtual balloon race



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Our festive virtual balloon race is fun for everyone! Get competitive with your friends, family and colleagues, whilst raising money for Deaf Action. Help support our vital services by taking part in our festive virtual balloon race by buying a balloon for £3. How does it work? Buy your balloon before noon on the 15th of December. The balloons launch on ...

NHS Scotland approves use of clear masks


Clear Masks

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Celebrating clear masks from NHS Scotland Whilst masks are important for helping to control the spread of Coronavirus, they can create communication barriers for deaf people, especially for those who rely on lipreading and facial expressions to communicate. Everyday interactions with people wearing fabric or surgical masks become difficult if not impossible for many, with exclusion being experienced in clinical …

Christmas lights switch on at St James Quarter



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An enchanting evening of fundraising and Christmas cheer On Friday 12th November, we delivered some much-needed Christmas cheer at St James Quarter, with their first Christmas light switch on. The enchanting evening took saw Deaf Action’s BSL Choir and Youth Club, alongside Cash 4 Kids, hit the big red button to officially bring Christmas to Edinburgh. Our very own signing ...