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Trafford health talk on Diabetes, 1st July – with BSL interpreter

27 June 2022

Our next Trafford health information event will be on Diabetes. It is free to attend, no need to book: Friday 1st July at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Stretford, from 2pm to 3.30pm Monthly events We organise monthly health information events through the Trafford Deaf Advocacy and Wellbeing Service.

Jubilee mural project update – places still available

23 June 2022

Our Jubilee art project is underway. It’s not too late to join in with our workshops, which are taking place every Wednesday at MDC between 10am and 3pm. This project is organised through our Wellbeing Group. We are working on creating a mural (wall painting) incorporating British Sign Language, as

Wellbeing Group visit to Manchester Indian Film Festival - Thursday 30th June

23 June 2022

Come and join us on Thursday 30 th June to visit the Manchester Indian Film Festival. We are meeting at Manchester Deaf Centre at 10.30am and will go to watch the film ‘Mississippi Masala’ starring Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington. The film has subtitles. Please bring your own lunch with

Changes to the Advocacy Service (WAITE TEAM)

23 June 2022

The WAITE advocacy team has recently had some staff changes and some changes to days and times. One of our Advocacy Support Officers, Claire Holland, has moved into a Senior Management role at MDC. Therefore, we are now pleased to welcome Anita Kanji and Toni Hanlon into the team as new WAITE

Salford Deaf Advocacy Service closed for now

23 June 2022

Sadly, the Salford Service has ended from 31 May 2022 due to current funding uncertainties. We very much hope that this is a temporary pause. We continue to discuss funding options with our friends at Salford CCG and remain hopeful that we will be able to reopen in the future. Please watch our

The Step into Digital course with BSL interpreters starts 28 June 

23 June 2022

It’s not too late to join! Are you a beginner or looking to build your confidence and skills using digital devices such as a mobile phone, tablet or laptop? The WEA is running this course at Manchester Deaf Centre. There will be two sessions per week for 10 weeks starting 28th June 2022. Tuesdays

Family Fun Day for the Queen’s Jubilee - report and photos

23 June 2022

The family fun day took place at MDC on Saturday 28 th May. The event was enjoyed by all. The weather was glorious, lots of people came dressed up to enjoy socialising together both in our outside courtyard and our indoor halls. Fun activities included a bouncy castle. There were also stalls, a

Upcoming Social Events at MDC and beyond

23 June 2022

Bingo at Riley’s Bar, MDC on Saturday 9 th July Doors and bar open from 2pm to 8pm. Eyes down at 3.30pm. £2 admission. No need to book a place. Just turn up on the day. 1 – For more information please email rileysbar@manchesterdeafcentre.com Pub Quiz at Riley’s Bar, MDC on Thursday 14 th July

MDC’s new Senior Managers and a farewell to John Hesketh

24 April 2022

A warm welcome goes out to Manchester Deaf Centre’s new Senior Managers, Mark Woodall and Claire Holland, who have taken over from John Hesketh. John recently left MDC to take up new job with Bolton Deaf Society. Mark and Claire are two of our existing staff members and are job-sharing the role.

Build a profiterole tower with Punk Chef at MDC!

24 April 2022

Note the new date of 25th June when watching video below Learn how to make a profiterole tower with Punk Chef in MDC's own Bake Off! Now free – ingredients included! For your tickets email Michelle at: rileysbar@manchesterdeafcentre.com Who is Punk Chef? For those who don’t already know

New Step into Digital Course with BSL Interpreters starts 24 May

24 April 2022

Are you a beginner or looking to build your confidence and skills using digital devices such as a mobile phone, tablet or laptop? The WEA is running this course at Manchester Deaf Centre. There will be two sessions per week for 10 weeks starting 24th May 2022. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am to 3pm.

Answer Cancer Screening Workshop 26th May

24 April 2022

Thursday 26th May 2022, from 10.30am to 12.30pm At Manchester Deaf Centre, free refreshments provided The Answer Cancer Screening Workshop is an information and awareness-raising event aimed at Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deafened people of all ages. It is BSL interpreted. Topics will include important

The Thursday Walking Group is back

24 April 2022

Due to popular demand, we have restarted our Walking Group this month. We aim to walk every fortnight until the end of August. Why not come and join us to get some fresh air and exercise, visit new places and meet some new friends? Thursdays 10am–2pm meeting at MDC every 2 weeks: 5th & 19th May

May the coffee be with you – free Star Wars morning party on May 4th

24 April 2022

Our successful series of 12 winter coffee mornings is going out with a big bang! The events have been aimed at encouraging Deaf people out of their homes by providing a warm, social environment during the winter months. We are finishing the project with a big Star Wars themed party. Why not come

Update on the DEN project for men who have been involved in the justice system

24 April 2022

Our DEN project is now underway. The DEN is a support group for Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing men who have previously been involved with the criminal justice system or in prison and are struggling to find work or social support networks. We have been having monthly cafe meet ups near the Deaf

Exciting new Mural Project for the Queen’s Jubilee by the Wellbeing Group from 11th May

24 April 2022

This year marks the Queen’s 70th year of service, and we are delighted to have secured funding to mark the Jubilee celebration in our own way at MDC. The funding will enable our Wellbeing Group to create a visual mural (wall painting) of the Queen’s Jubilee incorporating British Sign Language. Led

Volunteer awards for Gemma, Andrea, Nicola, Nicola, Lucy, Ellie, and Xanthe

24 April 2022

We’d like to give a big shout-out and thanks to 7 of our lovely volunteers who have recently received certificates and silver star pin badges for 6 months of service: Gemma, Andrea, Nicola, Nicola, Lucy, Ellie, and Xanthe. Gemma Andrea Nicola Here is a quote about volunteering for MDC

Greater Manchester Walking Celebrates MDCs walking group

5 February 2022

GM Walking has given grants to local voluntary and community groups with the aim of getting Greater Manchester walking. They offer the grants to support a huge range of activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or to increase the amount they walk regularly. One of the

I Can Youth Club for 11-16 year-olds

18 January 2022

The free I Can Youth Club for 11–16 year-olds who are deaf or hard of hearing, and CODA (children of deaf adults) starts in February 2022 at Manchester Deaf Centre. The Youth Club will meet once a month on the third Thursday of each month 6-8pm: Thursday February 17th – Pizza party with fun and

Children and Young People Service update

18 January 2022

As we emerge from what we hope was the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic, MDC are taking time to refresh and deepen our understanding of the most pressing issues, needs and priorities for hard of hearing, D/deaf and deafened children and young people – and for children of Deaf adults and siblings –

Trafford Advocacy and Wellbeing Service update

18 January 2022

2022 brings some changes to our Trafford Deaf Advocacy and Wellbeing Service. Here is a video outlining staffing changes, events and groups planned for the coming year. BSL with captions. To contact Tawona: Email: tawonatrafford@manchesterdeafcentre.com Tel/SMS /Video chat: 07436-236-805

A note from the Trustees of Manchester Deaf Centre

18 January 2022

15th January 2022 Hello all, The Trustees of the Manchester Deaf Centre (MDC) would like to keep you updated on our plans over the next few months. We want to ensure that we are providing you with the right level of information. One of our main current tasks is ensuring that we have a plan that

Level 2 Advocacy Award for MDC staff

15 January 2022

Our advocacy staff have been working hard to complete their City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy. Congratulations to Deb, Toni and Danielle from our Salford team, Claire, Anna, Kelly and Tawona from our WAITE and Trafford services. Here are Deb, Kelly and Claire with their

Wellbeing Group February Activity Programme

15 January 2022

The Wellbeing Group meets every Thursday 10am to 3pm February's activity programme is: 3rd Feb – Yoga with Sharon 10th Feb – Sign Video (learn how to use it) 17th Feb – Valentine's quiz 24th Feb – Animation workshop at the Football Museum To join in please get in touch: 1 – Email:

Manchester Deaf Ball fundraising success for MDC

15 January 2022

The Manchester Deaf Ball 2021 raised a whopping £4,500 for MDC £4,500 was raised at the Manchester 2021 Christmas Ball. The ball was held at Lancashire County Cricket Club in November and was attended by 400 guests. The guests came from all over the UK to meet old and new friends in the first major

Dinosaur BSL theatre for kids in February

15 January 2022

A BSL and English theatre show for children at Z-Arts, Hulme, on: 10 th , 11 th and 12 th Feb 1 – To book tickets to see Stan at Z-Arts, Hulme, please visit the Z-Arts website: https://www.z-arts.org/events/stan/ If you have children aged 7+, don’t forget to book your tickets to see Stan! Stan

Riley’s Bar Upcoming Events and News

15 January 2022

Come and have fun playing poker! Poker Night at Riley’s Bar Saturday 29 Jan 2022 3pm–9pm £25 per seat to play. Price includes 25,000 poker chips (you must be aged 18 or over to play) £3 per person for hot food (jacket potatoes and fillings) £2 watch but not play The poker game will be hosted by

Welcome to MDC’s new Chair of the Trustee Board, John Wareham

15 January 2022

On behalf of all staff, trustees, and service users, we extend a very warm welcome to John Wareham, who has recently joined MDC in the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. We are delighted that John has joined our team. Since leaving the armed forces some thirty years ago, John has led

New Growing Green Futures workshops from 5th January 2022

15 December 2021

The Growing Green Futures programme is for participants who are deaf/hard of hearing, unemployed, over 18, and who live in Greater Manchester. It aims to equip people for employment and volunteering in conservation and countryside work. Workshops for employment skills will take place at MDC, with

4 Sisters Distillery Contribute £1 to MDC for every bottle of Christmas Gin sold

8 December 2021

if you buy 4 Sisters limited edition Sugar plum Christmas Gin £1 from the sale of each bottle - costing £29 - will go to Manchester Deaf Centre. https://sis4ersdistillery.com/collections/christmas/products/christmas-limited-edition-sugar-plum-gin-bottle Remember to drink sensibly and safely,

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