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Jane Eyre – Audio Described Performance


Touch Tour Insight and Audio Described Performance
Saturday 10 March
Leeds Grand Theatre

Orphaned at a young age and cruelly treated by her Aunt, Jane Eyre is a plain but intelligent child who grows up knowing little kindness. Sent away to a charitable school, Jane later accepts a position as a Governess at Thornfield, a gentleman’s manor whose master is the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester.

In spite of their social differences, an unlikely bond grows between the pair but as their romance develops, it becomes clear that Mr Rochester has a hidden past that threatens to ruin them both.

With choreography by Cathy Marston and an original score by Philip Feeney, join us this Autumn as Northern Ballet’s brilliant dance actors bring this tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets to life.

Our audio described performance access days enable visually impaired patrons to enjoy a range of activities that enhance the enjoyment and understanding of ballet.

The day consists of Touch Tour Insight, which introduces elements of the production to aide in your understanding of the show. You will hear a description of the scenery, feel the props and costumes, and discover the shapes and quality of the movement from the ballet with the aid of Company dancers.

The audio described performance, described by VocalEyes, enables patrons to enjoy the story of the ballet and the emotion and quality of movement accompanied by live music from Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Northern Ballet’s production of Jane Eyre will be performed at Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 7 March – Wednesday 14 March. The audio described performance will take place on Saturday 10 March.

The Touch Tour Insight will take place from 12.00pm – 1.15pm and is free to visually impaired patrons and your companion. The audio described performance starts at 2.30pm.

A limited number of tickets are available at £12 per person for users of the audio description service. Tickets will be priced at £50 per person thereafter. Booking fees may apply. For more information or to book tickets, please call the theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700.

Please make sure you inform the Box Office that you are booking for an audio described performance and let them know if you wish to attend the Touch Tour Insight, as it’s useful for us to know how many people to expect and also of any access needs you may have.

For more information about Northern Ballet’s productions, audio described performances or to join our mailing list, please contact the Northern Ballet Learning department on 0113 220 8000.

Patients’ Satisfaction Study

We at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) are very keen on delivering quality service to all patients, carers and the wider public. We highly appreciate the role that the patient “voice” plays in many of our access and service improvements to date and in order to make our access and service delivery the best that it can be for all people.

This is why we are seeking the views, comments and suggestions including your valuable feedback from our deaf and hard of hearing patients of your experience of our services through this short and simple questionnaire your valuable feedback will  help improve the services we deliver in 2018 and beyond.

To participate in this survey you would be either a deaf or hard of hearing patient at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust now or in the past, 16 years and above and have visited any of the Trust Hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary, St James Hospital, Chapel Allerton, Seacroft and Wharfdale hospitals in the past 3 years.

The questionnaire is completely anonymous and all your responses will be treated as confidential. We shall arrange feedback after completion of the survey through the usual communication channels such as social media, and reports to various interest groups and forums such as Healthwatch, Forum Central, Equality Hubs, Leeds Involving People and the Leeds Deaf Forum etc.

Your responses are very important to us and we look forward to your participation and receiving your responses back by Friday 16th February 2017.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.


LTHT Patient Experience Team

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patient Survey


SOYO Logo, Click here to visit their sit
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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

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.


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