We recently interviewed our Chairman, Terry Waller. See his answers to our questions below:
Can you tell us a little about your background and career choices?
I was born in Portsmouth and as my father was a grocery shop manager we moved frequently, mainly along the south coast, eventually settling on Devon. I was a bit of a bookworm and loved the local library, as in those days it was an old fashion quiet place to read and study. The librarian who managed the...
Our interview with Debbie Flory, the Administration & Events Coordinator for Deafax.
You have worked in both commercial and now voluntary sectors. How do they compare?
I worked in the commercial sector from leaving school (many, many years ago!) until joining Deafax in 2004. To be honest, the skills required are the same for working in both sectors; both have to budget, develop business plans, provide reports on results, deal with the day-to-day running of a...
Today we interview one of our team members Tracey, who is a native user of BSL.
1. Can you tell us a little about what life is like in a Deaf family?
I grew up in a very small family and we are very close. Growing up in a deaf family is normal to me, I don’t feel any different just because my parents are deaf. We all communicate using sign language and my sister and I haven't faced any barriers within the family . We always enjoy being with our parents and th...
Will Sidebottom has been volunteering with us for just over a year now and in an interview he tells us about his experience.
You volunteer so clearly think it is worthwhile, why?
I volunteer for Deafax for a few reasons, one being that I get to spend my Wednesday’s in the company of really lovely people; two, that I know that the work I put in is helping to enrich Deaf people’s lives even more, especially so for those who are often missing out - for example,...
As with people from all walks of life, deaf society enjoys many different social and cultural structures. It is only relatively recently that these unique approaches and conventions have begun to be explored and understood. As we strive to learn from and accommodate the deaf community, these all-important memes have become part of the way we communicate with and recognise the choices of deaf people and those with hearing loss.
Our volunteer Will accompanied Rubbena, our lead trainer, to teach Deaf children Emotional Wellbeing and Visual Music; here is a bit about his experience:
"I’m a musician and volunteer at Deafax. Last week I went with our lead trainer, Rubbena, to help teach Deaf children, aged 9 upwards, about rhythm in music and how to write their own rhythm compositions. I’m hearing and don’t sign (although I am about to learn), and I found interacting with these childr...
Signed storytelling at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm
Come along and enjoy a fun family event at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
Swishwiffling signed stories for all ages, deaf and hearing visitors: BSL signed talks about Roald Dahl’s life and stories, and signed storytelling from Revolting Rhymes through the day. http://bit.ly/1T6xjPx