What's New

 

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


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


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


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:


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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:


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