What's New


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

The DEN project is back

24 July 2023

We have received funding to restart our Deaf Ex-Offenders group (known as the DEN). The group is open to all people aged 18 or over who are D/deaf and: are at risk of re-offending, have had contact with the criminal justice system, or who were formerly in prison or on probation. The group

Update on Sign and Play sessions

24 July 2023

The group will now meet every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm, except for the last Wednesday in the month, when there will be no group. Upcoming dates in August are: 2 nd August 9 th August 16 th August 23 rd August Who is the group for? It’s for babies, toddlers, and children aged 0–5,

Meet Lauren, our new volunteer

24 July 2023

My name’s Lauren, and I’m a new volunteer here at MDC! I’ll be volunteering on Reception on Tuesdays, and with the Wellbeing Group on Thursdays. I started learning BSL when I was in high school, where I attended a Level 1 course in Didsbury, where I grew up. I had a family friend, when I was very

Anita goes to the BSL Conference in London 

17 May 2023

In March this year, our staff member Anita Kanji had an exciting trip to London to attend the British Deaf Association’s 2023 BSL Conference. Here is Anita telling us all about her trip: "Hello, I want to tell you about my recent trip to the BSL conference. I really enjoyed being there. It was

Wellbeing Group news

17 May 2023

Check out what our Wellbeing Group has been up to recently. Over the past month: We visited Sugden Sports Centre to play badminton . Everyone thoroughly enjoyed playing the sport and we are considering planning another visit for later in the year. We had a celebration for the King’s coronation

Manchester Deaf Social Group Coronation Party

17 May 2023

Our Deaf Social Group hosted a huge party at MDC on 15 May to celebrate the King’s coronation. The hall and Riley’s bar were both decorated and there was a feast of food for everyone to enjoy. Party activities included coronation-themed arts and crafts, bingo, a raffle and lucky balls (a bit like a

Deaf Leaders for 17–24s, meet the new staff team on 31 May 4pm to 7pm

17 May 2023

Please come along to meet the new team at MDC on Wednesday 31 May, between 4pm and 7pm. We look forward to meeting you. We will be voting on a new name for the group when the sessions have started. Deaf Leaders is designed for 17 to 24-year-olds and provides young adults with opportunities for

Youth Club for 12–16s, every 2 weeks on Thursdays 6pm to 8pm 

17 May 2023

Youth Club is a group for 12–16-year-olds. It is an opportunity for young people to meet each other to socialise, make friends and to take part in activities through which they can learn life skills associated with day-to-day living. We will set up a variety of workshops that include presentations

Kids Club for 6–11s, every 2 weeks on Thursdays 6pm to 8pm

17 May 2023

Kids Club is a fortnightly group aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years old. Hearing siblings and CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) are welcome too. Kids Club will provide various activities based on social and life skills. These will include trips outside MDC – for example to theme parks, national

Sign and Play Group for 0–5s, every Wednesday 10am to 12pm

17 May 2023

The group now meets every Wednesday, except for the last Wednesday in every month, when there is no group. On Wednesdays starting from 17 May 2023, weekly from 10am until 12pm, at Manchester Deaf Centre except for the last Wednesday of every month, when there is no group This play group is

Meet our new staff team for children and young people

17 May 2023

Hello, remember we announced some time ago about our new upcoming Children & Young People’s service? Well now it’s time to meet the team. We're really excited to have them onboard. Let’s meet the team: Hi, my name is Kate (sign name “Cheese”) because I love cheese soooo much! It’s quite an

Domestic abuse information and awareness event at Manchester Deaf Centre on 22 May 2023

8 May 2023

Date: 22 May 2023 Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm Where: Riley’s Bar, Manchester Deaf Centre, M13 9GH Michelle and Leah, our Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation (DASA) project staff, invite you to attend this event. The aim is to share information about the support that is available to a deaf person who is

MDC Annual General Meeting 2023

6 March 2023

Board of Trustees Meeting Manchester Deaf Centre AGM 6 March 2023 ____________________________________________________________________ MINUTES _____________________________________________________________________ Present: Board members present: John WarehamJW Brian KokoruweBK Shelley

“What D/deaf people want” research – next steps 

6 March 2023

You may remember that in 2022 MDC joined together with Bolton Deaf Society and Walthew House in Stockport to fund a piece of research, called 'What D/deaf People Want'. The aim of the research was to check with D/deaf people across Greater Manchester about what their updated priorities were

100% success at Level 3 BSL

6 March 2023

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to all 12 of our Level 3 BSL course students. We recently learned that all the students passed their exams and achieved their Signature Level 3 qualification. MDC started to offer Level 3 courses in 2022, and this was our first cohort of students to complete

MDC Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation project

6 March 2023

Our new DASA (Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation) project is underway. Our project staff Michelle Reilly and Leah Witton are now providing the following: 1. Advice, advocacy and support to D/deaf individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse, including assistance in accessing safe accommodation.

Wellbeing Coffee Mornings move to Thursdays

6 March 2023

Our Wednesday Wellbeing Coffee Mornings have now changed to Thursday mornings. Time: 9am to 2pm Next dates: 30 March, 13 April, 27 April, 11 May, 25 May All welcome! Free tea, coffee and biscuits. 1 – For more information, email: waite@manchesterdeafcentre.com

Children and Young People’s Service

6 March 2023

We have exciting news to share regarding our Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS). We are really happy to have been awarded grant funding from the Peter Kershaw Trust to enable us to recruit 3 new part-time youth workers. We recently advertised these roles, and we are planning for our new

‘Cosy Christmas’ event at Riley's Bar, Friday 16th December

11 December 2022

Come and join us in Riley's Bar for a festive evening of food and fun, including a Christmas hat competition and a gingerbread house competition. Everybody welcome! Date: Friday 16th December 2022 Time: 7pm onwards Where: Riley's Bar at Manchester Deaf Centre Tickets: £10 – hot buffet food and

Free BSL-led tour of art exhibition at HOME, Saturday 21st January

11 December 2022

Why not beat the winter blues by going to see an art exhibition? Our friends at Manchester’s HOME theatre, art gallery and cinema have a programme of accessible events: BSL tours of art exhibitions, BSL-interpreted theatre performances and captioned cinema. Join Martin Glover of Digitspace for a

MDC reaches Signature milestone – and will offer BSL Level 4 qualification from September 2023

11 December 2022

We have recently received a certificate from Signature, celebrating our 3-year milestone in successfully delivering Signature-accredited British Sign Language (BSL) courses Levels 1–3. Signature is a national charity and the leading awarding body and provider of BSL and other Deaf and Deafblind

Gift a BSL course this Christmas

11 December 2022

Are you still looking for a good Christmas present idea? Or do you know someone who would like to learn BSL? Courses make perfect gifts. Why not give a gift of BSL this year 🎅. Book a place on one of our Introduction to BSL courses as a gift, and you will receive a printable e-voucher with all of

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