Born completely deaf on my left side and with much reduced hearing in my right, I somehow slipped through the net and was brought up apart from the Deaf community. I’ve contended with communication barriers (with all the associated frustration and isolation) whilst trying to fit into the hearing world, giving me lived experience with which to empathise with other Deaf people.
My life has been radically transformed for the better recently, in no small part thanks to Manchester Deaf Centre and the amazing Deaf peers in my daily life now.
For most of my adult life I’ve been employed in the thankless IT sector, with roles ranging through print operator, operations support, technical support, software development, systems analysis and voice and data engineering.
I still love to tinker with technology and have several linux servers running various web services. My allegiances lie with MacOS and linux.
During my time as part of the WAITE wellbeing group my confidence, dignity and self-esteem has been greatly repaired and when I felt able, I was accepted as a volunteer in the group. Hand on heart, this is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced and I was overjoyed when I was recently offered a paid role as Wellbeing Activity Project Worker alongside my amazing colleagues.
I’m really excited to see what can be done to improve and expand our services to the Deaf community into the future.
Always critical of my own signing, I’m looking forward to becoming ever more immersed in a BSL environment, continuing to improve my ability in the language that although not my first, is very much my preferred one now. Always learning, I’m slowly adding to my personal library of books on Deaf history, culture and community.
In my spare time I love walking, nature photography, rugby union, and weightlifting.
If you would like to know more about
any of our services, please get in touch.
Manchester Deaf Centre,
Booth Street East,
MONDAY - FRIDAY
09:00 – 17:00
0161 273 3415
Registered Charity Number: 1110373