What's New


Volunteer BSL subtitler wanted

9 February 2024

MDC is currently looking for volunteers to help with subtitling videos for our website, newsletter and social media pages. The role requires strong BSL receptive skills (minimum Level 4, or equivalent language skills) and fluent written English. Training can be given in using digital subtitling

New children and young people group times

9 February 2024

In response to feedback, we have made some changes to the times for our groups for children and young people. Our groups will now take place as follows (from February 2024): Sign and Play Group (0–5 yrs and family members) Saturdays every two weeks 10am to 12 midday Upcoming dates: 17 February, 2

Free Football Taster Day for 12–16-year-olds, 21st February 2024 

9 February 2024

Exciting news! We have organised a free football taster day for the youth group for 12–16’s. Skills will be taught by a professional coach from Manchester Football Association. It will be outdoors on an Astroturf pitch. It’s going to be a lot of fun and there will definitely be some competition

Wednesday Walking Group

9 February 2024

Our friendly walking group meets every week on Wednesday. It’s a great time of year to be getting outdoors as the signs of spring are starting to appear. Every week we meet at Manchester Deaf Centre at 10am and finish about 2pm. We provide lunch up to the value of £5 per person. The walking group

Deaf-accessible maths class update

9 February 2024

Our deaf-accessible maths classes started again in January. The classes take place every week on Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Manchester Deaf Centre. So far everyone has been enjoying the sessions. These classes are run in partnership with the WEA and everyone’s communication needs are met.

Deaf-accessible driving theory course update

9 February 2024

Our driving theory course, which started in September 2023, has been very popular. The class is taught in BSL. It runs every Thursday from 12pm to 4pm at Manchester Deaf Centre. We will be providing some new start dates soon, so let us know if you are interested. Please note: the course is

Manchester British Sign Language Fest, 22 to 28 April 2024

9 February 2024

Manchester Deaf Centre has been working with BSL Celebration to create the third annual BSL Fest: a fantastic week of events and entertainment in Manchester. The festival will run alongside the annual British Deaf Association (BDA) conference, which is taking place in Manchester this year. This

Free BSL for beginners now booking

1 February 2024

Y​ou may be eligible for a free introductory course in British Sign Language! T​o find out more and apply see: https://www.manchesterdeafcentre.com/services/bsl-courses/learn-bsl-for-free/ Upcoming Courses 5-hour Introduction to BSL (online, Monday mornings) Start date: Monday 15 April

Landmark walk

20 November 2023

A huge thank you to Karen Slinger and Michelle Reilly who raised over £250 for Manchester Deaf Centre by their sponsored walk which took place on 23 September. The walk was 15 miles long. It started from Manchester Deaf Centre and did a huge loop around the city centre via several famous

Wellbeing activities for December

20 November 2023

The following Wellbeing Group activities are planned for December 2023: Wednesday 6 December: Coffee morning 10.30am to 2pm. Free tea, coffee, and biscuits. Thursday 7 December: Xmas Craft Activities. Meet 10am at MDC. Wednesday 13 December: Coffee morning 10.30am to 2pm. Free tea, coffee, and

Deaf football for fun

20 November 2023

Are you deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing? Are you interested in playing football together with other deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people? If so then get in touch. Sessions will be fun. There will be no pressure to be competitive. Everyone welcome, whatever your level. It will be free to

BSL courses open for applications

20 November 2023

Why not start the new year by learning a new skill? There are still places left on several of our BSL courses, which will be starting in January. F​ree BSL courses We are working together with Manchester Adult Education Service to offer a free programme of BSL courses. Places are available for

Northwest train stations improving access for BSL users

20 November 2023

MDC has been delivering Deaf Awareness and Introduction to BSL courses for Network Rail staff based at Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street station. The staff have been learning basic signs for customer service, giving times, numbers, directions and basic station-related vocabulary, to

Changing society to benefit the d/Deaf community

20 November 2023

The past 18 months has seen an increase in the amount of work that MDC is doing to influence change in mainstream society. External organisations are asking us more regularly to inform them about the experiences of the deaf community and the barriers faced. We are passionate about raising awareness

Scarily good MDC Halloween party

20 November 2023

The Manchester Deaf Social Club certainly knows how to throw a good party. These were the scenes at their Halloween party at the end of October. The atmosphere was fantastic. Many people wore fabulous costumes, the room was decorated to the nines, there were Halloween activities and lots of good

Christmas parties for Children, Young People and their families

20 November 2023

Manchester Deaf Centre's Children and Young People’s Service will be holding two Christmas parties: Sign and Play Group party - change of date: Now Friday 15 th December, 10am to 12pm at Manchester Deaf Centre. (Please note it is no longer taking place on the Wednesday) Kids Club and Youth

MDC welcomes a new Senior Manager

20 November 2023

We are very excited to announce that Claire Baldwin will be joining the Manchester Deaf Centre staff team in the role of Senior Manager from mid December. Claire is known to many already as she previously served on MDC’s trustee board for three years and was a huge asset to our organisation in this

Become a Manchester Deaf Centre trustee

20 November 2023

We have some exciting news from Manchester Deaf Centre’s board of trustees We are looking for new people to join our trustee board. We are keen to have more deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deafened people to join the board. We feel that it is important to have a deaf-led team. We require

Manchester Deaf Ball weekend of activities

15 November 2023

A big thank you to the organisers who are raising money for MDC through these events: Friday 24th November Quiz night with a deaf quiz master and Cheese & Wine, followed by Deaf pub till late. Where: Riley’s Bar at Manchester Deaf Centre. Time: Doors open 5pm Cost: £3 per person - or £10 for

January's introduction to BSL courses now booking

14 November 2023

This is the perfect option if you would like a taster of BSL before committing to a full BSL Level 1 course. There are plenty of BSL courses out there, but how many of them are taught in real time by a qualified, experienced teacher? The refreshing thing about our courses is that they are

BSL level 3, and free introductory courses now booking

8 November 2023

F​ree introductory BSL courses! M​DC are pleased to be able to offer free introductory British Sign Language courses fo those who meet the criteria. This is a great opportunity to begin learning BSL. To find out more about free BSL courses and apply see:

MDC shortlisted for a national diabetes award

24 October 2023

Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership and Manchester Deaf Centre were shortlisted for a national award, the Desmond Awards 2023, which celebrate staff across the UK who make world-leading education and support for people with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes possible. D​ESMOND say

Vacancy for MDC Senior Manager - joint post,  part time

25 September 2023

Application Deadline – Friday 6 th October 2023 – 12 noon. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 th October 2023 MDC strive to be committed to service users, to be dependable, innovative, inclusive, and ever evolving in our learning and sharing information and developing of our services. We work

New vacancies at MDC August 2023

11 August 2023

I​f you are interested in working at Manchester Deaf Centre in the three roles now available in August 2023 please check the following details and get in touch: M​DC: Full time Office Manager. Application deadline – Wednesday 23rd d August 2023 5pm D​ownload full details here:

Trusted Charity Mark

24 July 2023

We are excited to announce that Manchester Deaf Centre has been successful in achieving a Trusted Charity Mark accreditation. What does Trusted Charity Mark accreditation mean? It’s a quality standard and means that as an organisation, we have demonstrated that we have processes in place to run

Become a member of MDC

24 July 2023

Our trustee board is introducing a new membership scheme; anyone who uses our services and has an interest in the future of Manchester Deaf Centre is invited to become a registered member. What does being a ‘registered member’ mean? It means that you will have the right to vote about decisions

New BSL-accessible Driving Theory classes, starting on Thursday 10 August at MDC

24 July 2023

Would you like to gain your driver’s licence? All drivers taking their driving licence must first pass a theory test. We have an exciting new opportunity for deaf BSL users who want to learn driving theory. Weekly BSL Driving Theory sessions Where: Manchester Deaf Centre When: Thursdays,

New BSL-accessible English and maths courses, starting in September at MDC

24 July 2023

English and maths courses are back! We will be partnering with the WEA again to run English and maths courses based at Manchester Deaf Centre. The new classes will start in September. If you are interested, there are 2 things you need to do: Please email waite@manchesterdeafcentre.com to register

Move and Smile taster sessions

24 July 2023

Come and try a fun, accessible, fitness session called ‘Move and Smile’. We have two upcoming taster sessions at Manchester Deaf Centre: Monday 31 July 11am Thursday 3 August 1pm The aim of the sessions is to get your body moving and your heart smiling! What will happen during the session? Lucia

Inclusion project: visit to MoveUrmston sports centre in Trafford

24 July 2023

Our staff Kate and Michelle recently visited MoveUrmston in Trafford to discuss the barriers that deaf people face using leisure facilities, and to suggest changes that can be made to improve access. We were warmly welcomed by Trafford Leisure’s Health and Wellbeing Manager, Carly, and the team at

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Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373