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Northern Ballet working with LSDBP

EXCITING EVENT!

We are excited to be welcoming the Northern Ballet Theatre group to The Centre, for a workshop called “Dancing Signs”, a dialogue between dance and sign language!

Dancing Signs is an exciting collaboration between Northern Ballet and the Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People. A series of creative workshops will take Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre as a starting point to explore a dialogue between dance and sign language.

There will be 5 days of dance workshops led by Northern Ballet at The Centre, culminating in a presentation to share the groups’ exploration, this will take place at the Leeds Deaf Social Club on Tuesday 22nd of May!

NO DANCE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
EVERYBODY WELCOME
ALL AGES WELCOME

If you’re interested, please message using the Contact Page!

Introducing the Leeds Talking Newspaper Website 2018

Inaugural meeting for new Leeds Talking Newspaper

After several years where the blind and visually impaired people of Leeds and surrounding area, have been deprived of local news in a recorded format for individuals, a new talking newspaper has been started.

 

The national Talking News Federation had noticed the absence of a TN in Leeds, despite that city being one of the most revered and highly populated in the North of England.  They asked their Development Team, headed by Alan Dunderdale and assisted by Marjorie Dunderdale, to try to set up a new talking newspaper and Alan set about writing to over 50 organisations, societies and companies in and around Leeds, inviting them to take part in this new venture and attend a meeting in November.  The meeting took place but sadly, despite promised interest, only a handful of volunteers attended.  A second meeting was arranged for January and a different handful of volunteers attended.  The third meeting, which took place on March 14th at the John Lewis Community Hub, attracted a few more volunteers and from those attending, a steering committee was formed.   Staff at John Lewis, motivated by and including Bryony Hewetson, have played a big part with their enthusiasm as has a volunteer from Yorkshire Water, Ash Roberts.  Paul Landey is a committee member of the former Leeds TN and is already providing an essential service in spreading the word about the new venture.

Two former readers for the previous Leeds TN have volunteered their services and another member of John Lewis Staff has expressed an interest in reading.

Alan Dunderdale has already spoken to a website developer in Otley – Elementary Digital – and this website has been donated by that company to help raise awareness of the new TN.  Many thanks for the donation.

In the coming weeks we need to establish a listenership and we would ask anyone who knows a blind or visually impaired person to inform them about the new TN and ask them to make contact to be put on the register of recipients. The telephone number to ring is: 07564 368453 – this will be an answer phone – please leave a message with your name and contact telephone number and we will ring you back.

Thursday 19th April at 4.00 pm is the date of the next meeting to progress the TN which will again be at the John Lewis Community Hub. (Many thanks to John Lewis in Leeds for providing this meeting room)

We have attached a copy of the magazine section for you to enjoy.

LSDBP Sponsor Farsley Celtic Deaf Club

We, Farsley Celtic Deaf Club would like to say a big thank you to LSDBP for sponsoring our brand new away kits. Also a big thank you  for all the help from Giles Bowman, former trustee for LSDBP. This means so much to our team and Deaf community. We took a photo of our team with tracksuits kits, i hope you like it. Have a look at below, this photo took about 6/7 weeks ago against Carlisle City Deaf Football Club where we won 19-2.

Farsley Celtic Deaf Football

St Gemma’s – 40 Years Together Celebration

A Night to Remember will be a wonderful evening of celebration and remembrance to mark the 40th Anniversary of St Gemma’s Hospice. The Hospice is really proud to have been providing exceptional care and compassion to people since 1978 and proud that the generous support from the Leeds community has made it possible.

Special guests, ITV’s Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot, will be hosting the evening and there will be spectacular performances from Leeds Symphony Orchestra and our brand new Hospice Choir. There will also be the chance to learn about the history of the Hospice and hear from those who have been supported by St Gemma’s over the years.

The evening will end with a moment’s silence to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. A beautiful cascade of 50,000 petals will then fall in a powerful finale, each one symbolising someone who has been cared for by the Hospice in the last 40 years.

Join us for this incredible night for just £5 per person, including a complementary programme. Contact Emily on 0113 218 5550 or click here  to purchase your ticket today.

Ticket Information
Tickets are only £5 per person, including a free programme. They can be purchased from events.st-gemma.co.uk/events/a-night-to-remember-2018 or by calling Emily on 0113 218 5550.

BSL Course – CPD Points Safeguarding of Adults

TRAINER

Date:  Saturday 14th April 2018
Time:  09.30 to 16.30
Venue:  The Centre, St Mary’s Street, Leeds LS9 7DP

Jacki Pritchard – Independent Social Worker/Hypnotherapist/Trainer/Consultant/Researcher.
Author and Series Editor: Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Series.
Founder of: Beyond Existing, Support Groups for Adults Who Have Been Abused.
Co-Founder of: Practitioner Alliance Against Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (PAVA).

AIM AND CONTENT OF COURSE 1

This is the first in a series of 3 bespoke training courses which has been developed for BSL interpreters regarding the abuse and safeguarding of adults. It is NOT a generic basic awareness course The course was originally designed for  BSL interpreters in 2012 and has been well received in various parts of England; it has been updated to incorporate the changes which were introduced on 1st April 2015 with the introduction of the Care Act 2014. The main aim of this course is to ensure that interpreters know what to do when they suspect that someone is being abused, is at risk of harm or when they receive a disclosure.

for more information please click here

Please contact Alison Miller to book a place on the the course.
alison.miller@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk

Yorkshire Deaf Sports Council

Dinner & Dance

At:   Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff

When: Saturday 5th May 2018
5pm till 1.30am (Dinner at 6pm)

Tickets £45.00

Gentlemen to wear Bow Tie or Tie
Ladies to wear Evening Dress or Smart dress
No Jeans or trainers to be worn.

All payments payable to YDSC an send with a stamped address envelope to:
Mrs J. Axe.
26 Orchard Way
Rothwell
Leeds
LS26 0YE

Deposit £20 before the 31st January 2018 with the Final Payment due before 31st March 2018 (£20 deposit – Non-refundable)

Click here for more info

Yorkshire Interpreter Network (YIN)

World Café Day
SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
LEEDS DEAF CENTRE
£30
(though likely to be cheaper
if we have good numbers)

The idea of the day is to carousel around different facilitated groups discussing certain professional or practical interpreting dilemmas through scenarios and how one would resolve these.

We want this to be an enjoyable day, to get together, socialise, share ideas and look at different perspectives whilst considering the codes of conduct and the code of ethics in a safe, supportive environment.

Finishing off with a plenary session the day will hopefully give us more insight and reflection shaping how practice moving forward both as individuals and collectively.

The day will be worth structured 6 CPD hours – the more interpreters attend the richer the experience!

Open to all registered interpreters and regulated trainee interpreters

If you are interested, please contact email juliefletcherbsl@yahoo.co.uk