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‘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

MDC Job Club providing deaf aware feedback for job centres in Greater Manchester

11 December 2022

Staff from Salford Jobcentre Plus visited our Job Club recently to ask D/deaf people about their experiences in accessing Jobcentre services, for example: appointments with DWP advisors, claiming universal credit, etc. They will be visiting MDC once a month, starting in January 2023. This work is

New project to reduce domestic abuse and increase awareness and accessibility

11 December 2022

We have recently received funding from Manchester City Council’s Homelessness Department, which will enable us to improve services for Deaf people who are experiencing domestic abuse. The funding will enable us to: Visit Domestic Abuse services, Homelessness and Safe Accommodation providers in

New social and support group in Riley’s Bar, Wednesday evenings, for people new to the deaf community

11 December 2022

Are you: Hard of hearing or recently deafened? Struggling with conversation in noisy spaces? Do you have children or a family member who is D/deaf and you would like to meet other people with experiences of deafness? Are you anxious about your deaf identity? Do you want to practice

12-month volunteer awards for Nicola, Xanthe and Nicola

11 December 2022

Our volunteer Co-ordinator Steve Simons recently had the pleasure of awarding not one, not two, but three 12-month volunteer service awards! A huge thank you to Nicola Wilkinson, Xanthe Scarlett and Nicola Sorton for all of their support for Manchester Deaf Centre over the last 12 months. In

Raise money for MDC when you shop online

11 December 2022

Manchester Deaf Centre is now registered with easyfundraising , which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 7,000 retailers will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself. Many of the retailers who participate are

Sign and Play free Tuesday drop in playgroup

20 October 2022

We have a very welcoming Sign and Play group for children aged 0–5 and their families, every 2 weeks on Tuesdays: Where: Manchester Deaf Centre Time: 10am to 12pm Please note the dates carefully as it is every 2 weeks, not every week: Tuesday 1 st of November Tuesday 15 th of November

I Can Youth Club, and I Can Get On projects update

20 October 2022

I​ Can Youth Club The I Can Youth Club for 11–16-year-olds continues to provide a much needed deaf-friendly and fun social space. Recent activities have included: football skills led by Sammy, who has played for Manchester United Deaf Team, ‘have a go’ outdoor games in the courtyard of Manchester

The Young Leaders Programme update

20 October 2022

The young people taking part in the Young Leaders Programme enjoyed a 2-day residential Leadership Skills event at Brathay Trust in the Lake District in early October. They took part in teamwork challenges and ghyll scrambling near Ambleside. Everyone enjoyed the trip. One of the young

Anita steps in for Trafford as Tawona moves on

20 October 2022

Our Trafford Support Officer, Tawona Fleming, has recently left to start a new job as a communication support worker at a college – we thank her for all her work and wish her well in her new role: we will miss her greatly. MDC’s wellbeing lead Anita Kanji is now running our Trafford service. To

Maths and English qualifications making a difference to students

20 October 2022

Big congratulations go to Imran and Bryan who have been attending our deaf-accessible Maths and English courses and have recently achieved their City & Guilds Level 2 Maths qualifications. These courses are run at MDC as part of our successful ongoing partnership with the Workers Education

Celebrating busy bee artist and role model Glen Palin

20 October 2022

Our WAITE employment team would like to celebrate the achievements of our client, Glen Palin. Glen is an artist. He has become known for his fascinating work, which incorporates the Manchester Bee image into pieces which are inspired by his experiences of being in our city. Glen has been supported

‘Fright Night’ at Riley’s Bar – Friday 28th October

20 October 2022

Join us if you dare! Come and haunt the fancy dress, Halloween-themed fundraiser in Riley’s Bar: When: Friday 28 October Where: Riley’s Bar Time: 6pm onwards until late Cost: £5 booked in advance – includes quiz, snacks and a free drink (shot) £6 on the door. Note: on the door tickets

Give us your feedback on our Deaf Needs Analysis

20 October 2022

Earlier this year, MDC did a joint piece of work with Bolton Deaf Society and Walthew House, Stockport's Centre for the Deaf and Blind, called ‘What D/deaf people want’. The aim was to get up-to-date information from our communities about: The main challenges they are facing (and whether the Covid

MDC wins the Spirit of Manchester Award for involving service users

20 October 2022

We won! We are delighted to have won a ‘Spirit of Manchester’ 2022 award. The awards are organised by MACC – Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation. Awards are available for several different categories, and our wellbeing team were nominated in the category for

MDC on TrueTube

14 August 2022

MDC is on TrueTube! What’s TrueTube? It’s a website for schools that provides short films and other resources to help teachers plan their lessons. TrueTube organised a group of young trainee filmmakers to make a film about people who are deaf or hard of hearing. MDC agreed to be part of the

New IT skills course starts 13th September

14 August 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. It will be supported throughout by BSL interpreters. There will be two sessions per week for 10 weeks starting

Job Club: join the Body Shop At Home Team

14 August 2022

Would you like to earn money from selling Body Shop products? How about joining the Body Shop At Home team, which allows you to work flexibly and sell the products in whatever ways suit you best. Interested in finding out more? Local sales consultant, Scott Wooding, who is himself Deaf and works

EFSLI international interpreter gathering

14 August 2022

We have some exciting news to share: in September, Manchester will be hosting a big gathering of interpreters from all over Europe. It is the annual conference of EFSLI, which stands for the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters. The event, which is organised by EFSLI, will be taking place

Manchester Deaf Social Event raises money for MDC

14 August 2022

The Manchester Deaf Weekend Social Event, which was held from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July, was a great success. The event provided opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to meet and socialise together at various bars and event venues across Manchester. On the Saturday afternoon, Riley’s

Update on The DEN Project

8 August 2022

The DEN group will now be open to all people over the age of 18 who are d/Deaf and are at risk of offending, have had contact with the criminal justice system, or who were formerly in prison or on probation. Please note: the group is no longer only for men. We currently have a social meet up

Young Leaders Project Update

8 August 2022

By Catherine McManus, Young Leaders staff team. The first event of the Young Leaders programme, a 1-day Leadership Skills session, was held at Brathay Trust in the Lake District at the end of July. The day included a fun team-working challenge, followed by lunch in Brathay Hall. In the afternoon we

MDC's annual general meeting and information event

8 August 2022

If you are interested in the future of Manchester Deaf Centre, please come and join us for our information event and annual general meeting (AGM). Everybody is welcome and there will be free tea and coffee. Thursday 25th August 4.30pm to 5.30pm The event will be led by John Wareham, the chair of

Free Maths course for learners who need a BSL interpreter, starts 12th September 2022

31 July 2022

Would you like to learn basic everyday maths skills and build your maths confidence? When: Every Monday from 12th September 2022 Time: From 10am to 1pm Where: Manchester Deaf Centre Cost: Free This course is run by the WEA (Workers Education Authority), and you will be supported throughout by

Free English course for learners who need a BSL interpreter, starts 14th September 2022

31 July 2022

Would you like to improve your confidence and skills in reading and writing in English? When: Every Wednesday from 14th September 2022 Time: From 10am to 1pm Where: Manchester Deaf Centre Cost: Free This course is run by the WEA (Workers Education Authority), and you will be supported

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

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