February 12, 2017

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...

September 29, 2016

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...

August 31, 2016

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...

August 10, 2016

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,...

May 4, 2016

Tell us about yourself

 

I am 30 years old and severely dyslexic, I have not let this get in my way. In fact I love being that little bit different. I am a from a single parent Deaf family where the primary language is spoken English however there is a great pride for Deaf culture and identity and when I was growing up I was introduced to SSE as a communication method and lapped it up. I was signed to before speech. The visual nature became a much easier way...

March 30, 2016

This month we had an interview with Chloe, aged 14, who came into our office to do some work experience for a day. 

 

Why did you choose Deafax for your work experience?

 

"I chose Deafax over other places as I thought it would be more interesting and different to the other jobs available."

 

Had you had any experience of Deafness before coming here?

 

"No, none at all."

 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learnt about Deafness?

 

"I have been working on Excel today and...

February 5, 2016

 The call from the BBC came in the middle of Saturday afternoon.  They had seen the footage about Signly by their colleagues at BBC South a few days earlier, and now wanted someone to be interviewed, the following day, live on the sofa, for BBC Breakfast and maybe BBC News.

 

It was then a mad panic to see who from the Signly partners was available to drop everythi

 

ng and head up to Salford – L.S.Lowry country – in time for the first interview at 07:20, ideal...

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