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Mother’s N’ Tots Group

Hello all

The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People is interested in setting up a ‘Mothers and Tots’ group for deaf and blind mothers at our brand new building in 2017

We would like to get an rough idea on the numbers of people that would like to use the group.

if this is something you would like to get involved in please contact:

or call 0113 246 9990


The Music and the Deaf Festive Concert 2017!

Join Music and the Deaf for an exciting and inspiring evening of fabulous music!

Where? The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE

When? Sunday 3rd December 2017. Doors open at 6:00pm, to start at 6:30. Event closes at 8:30pm.

BSL interpreters will be present and the event will be fully accessible.
Book your free tickets here through Eventbrite, or email Danny Lane at

National charity Music and the Deaf presents their annual concert, celebrating another year of work enriching the lives of deaf and hearing children and adults. Featuring deaf musician Danny Lane, this year we’re delighted to also welcome Barbieshop as special guest performers!


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Hello all!

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place on the 15th November at 7pm and will be held at Bridge Community Church, Rider Street, Burmantofts, Leeds, LS9 7BQ

if you want to become a member please complete a Membership Application form and return it to:
Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People
Centenary House
North Street
*All post sent to Centenary House is sent on to our temporary offices on Park Cross Street (back Entrance)/60East Parade

If you would like to become a Trustee please complete a Trustee Application Form and return it to the same address as the members form.



Deaf Jam – Dance Fitness

First Class, 4th November – FREE!

A fun exercise class, similar to Zumba. However this class is aimed at only the hard of hearing and deaf. It does not matter your ability or what fitness level you are, it is open to anyone in the deaf community. It is a place for you all to come enjoy yourselves, loose weight and be healthy together.
Saturdays, 4th November to 23rd December.


Koby Studio, Mabgate Gate 2, Mabgate, LS9 7DR.


SOYO Logo, Click here to visit their sit
SOYO Logo, Click here to visit their sit


There’s something big happening right on the doorstep to our new home at Ripon House. For the first time ever, the neighbours that surround the old Quarry Hill site – sometimes known as the ‘cultural quarter’ – are joining forces to establish one of the very best places to live, work, enjoy and be entertained in Leeds.

All this is happening alongside Caddick Development’s plans to build new spaces – from luxury modern living to new bars and restaurants, as well as some of the biggest public green spaces inside the city centre. With the first new development, Moda Living, starting on site in spring 2018.

Click here to read more

We now have our very own Allotment!

The Leeds Society For Deaf and Blind now has its very own Allotment!

The plot was donated  by The Alwoodley Allotment Society in October 2017 and we are now looking for Volunteers to help us transform it:

from this
Our new allotment, currently has 3 flower beds
to this,
here is an example of what it could look like
or this.
and here is an example of another allotment

Anyone interested?

Contact Zoe or William:








Volunteers in Action – Thank you!


On Saturday 30th September, Jason organised a group of volunteers to come to the new centre and clear out the furniture to different rooms. The group of volunteers worked extremely hard to move furniture. They gave up their Saturday afternoon to help and did an absolutely amazing job. Thank you to all that helped. We even persuaded the new manager to come down and make teas and coffees. Together we will make it amazing!

Thank you


2 volunteers posing for a photo
2 volunteers posing for a photo
2 volunteers posing for a photo
2 volunteers posing for a photo
2 volunteers posing for a photo
2 volunteers posing for a photo

Name Competition


Hello everyone

Thank you all for your patience  waiting for the new centre. It will be ready soon.

Our new building is getting closer to opening. At the moment we are calling it ‘Ripon House’.  This is not the name the community have chosen. We would like YOU to decide.

Our old buildings were Centenary House and Shire View. We are now going to have one centre for Deaf people, Hearing impaired people,  Blind people, Visually impaired people  and Deafblind people.

We would like you to think of a name for the building. We have had some suggestions but we would like more.

Can you come up with the best name for the building? Can you think about what the communities would like? What name would represent the communities best?

Please write:

Post to:
Protection House
16/17 East Parade

Call:   0113 2438328

SMS Text:   07775444032


All names will be sent out to the trustees to vote. The winning name will be announced at the AGM on the 15th November 2017. If more than one person has chosen that name, the winner will be drawn out of a hat. The prize will be presented on the night by one of our Presidents,  Hon Ald Martin Dodgson MBE JP.

All entries to be in by 1st October 2017

Good luck!


Featured on Limping Chicken!

We have been featured on Limping Chicken website! The world’s most popular deaf blog!

Jason Hixon tells us about the new Leeds Deaf centre, which is set to open later this year

It’s been a difficult few years for the Deaf community in Leeds, after the decision was taken (in controversial circumstances) to sell the old building (below), which then took six years to sell, leaving the community without a base in the meantime.

Our new home, on St Marys Street
Image of Ripon House, Soon to be re-named to something a little more appropriate

This Facebook video (below) posted at the end of February by Jason Hixon, Chairman of Leeds Deaf Social Club, announced that the new building had been found and its location to the local Deaf community (if it doesn’t appear below, see it directly by clicking here):

Work is now ongoing to prepare for the launch of the new Deaf and Blind centre. Jason, who is also a Trustee of Leeds Society for the Deaf and Blind People, answered some of our questions:

When is the new centre opening?

It’s difficult to say at the moment. We hope to open before the New Year. We were advertising a Director’s job to run the Centre with aims listed by Board of Trustees.

We are getting quotes from contractors to change the interior of the extension into one social/ function room with a Bar/Cafe in it. If the Board of Trustee approve of the cost and design of the new social/function room, we could start in the late summer/early autumn.

How do you feel about it? After so long?

I felt so relieved that we found and bought a perfect place so soon after we got our money from the sale of the old Centenary House, after years of red tape, legal issues and planning issues. When I read your question, the theme song for the sitcom Cheers came into my mind: “Sometimes you want to go,  where everybody knows your name”.

It’s exactly how I will feel when I come in to open up the Club as a Trustee/ Bar staff, seeing all the members and friends drop in during the club hours. It’s my true world where I can be myself again having been in a ‘non-deafie’ working environment. At peace with myself again. The breeze of our sign languages on my face. Soothing to my eyes from the strain of lipreading at my day job.

What are the challenges ahead?

The first priority is to hire a Director to run the centre, with tasks to take us to the future. The next priority is to open a club again in the extension part of the building.

To generate incomes from rent, partnerships, and donations. To be more energy sufficiency by means of rain falls and solar panels, thus saving money on overheads.

There will also be changes to our work ethics and improve better communications for Deaf and Blind by adding video calls/apps. We do have other aims and projects to achieve which will be publicised later on.

You can read Limping chicken’s article featuring our own Jason Hixon – CLICK HERE

History behind new building

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People acquired this new building in February 2017.

The society sold Centenary House in December 2016 and is currently in temporary accommodation at Protection House in Leeds.

Although some OS maps still show St Mary’s church here, the church despite its listed status was demolished in 1979. It can be glimpsed in the background in SE3033 : Quarry Hill Flats, Leeds during demolition.

The two-storey building was designed by Jones, Stocks and Partners.