What's New


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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEN support group for D/deaf male ex-offenders: call for interest

25 November 2021

Manchester Deaf Centre has set up a mutual support group for d/Deaf male ex-offenders. This support group is being set up together with CMS and funding from the Movember Foundation. It follows a pilot mutual support group for d/Deaf ex-offenders in Lancashire. Who is it for? 18+ Males who are:

Reclaim brings youth leadership to the MDC building

8 November 2021

Manchester Deaf Centre extends a huge warm welcome to the staff of Reclaim who have recently moved into our building. Reclaim is a really exciting youth leadership organisation. The team works with young people from working class backgrounds, empowering them to create and lead campaigns and

Standing up for the right to information

8 November 2021

An interview with Lynn Stewart-Taylor, founder of #Where Is The Interpreter Campaign Salford Deaf Advocacy Service hosted an amazing event on Monday 18th October – an interview with Lynn Stewart-Taylor. The event was held at Riley’s Bar at Manchester Deaf Centre. Many people attended in person and

Hate Crime Event

8 November 2021

The WAITE team held a 'Hate Crime' awareness event on Thursday 7 October which was a great success. There were talks from Greater Manchester Police and the deaf health charity SignHealth. Interpreters were provided so people could access the event in their own language. Approximately 20 people

50+ social group is back meeting in person!

24 May 2021

Regular Monday meetings will start again on Monday 21 June at 10am at Manchester Deaf Centre (Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9GH). Each meeting runs from 10am until 3pm. All Deaf and deafened adults aged 50 plus and resident in Manchester or surrounding areas will be welcome to

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