My Kiltwalk experience as a deaf walker

06-05-2021

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Click for BSL Video I took part in The Kiltwalk in April 2021 to raise money for Deaf Action. As a deaf person, I know how organisations like Deaf Action play an important role in improving deaf people's lives, so to raise vital funds, I challenged myself to walk 26 miles on the Water of Leith in Edinburgh. During my ...

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Celebrating 5 years of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015

22-10-2020

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5th Anniversary of the BSL (Scotland) Act Today, we’re celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the BSL (Scotland) Act! To mark the anniversary, we’re reflecting on how far we’ve come in the last 5 years. Deaf Action is proud to be part of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Partnership, a group of organisations funded by the Scottish Government to support public …

Deaf Action building still closed to the public

24-07-2020

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Although we are aware that pubs and public places are gradually opening their doors to the public, we have decided to not open Deaf Action’s building to the public yet. This means that our clubs, like the Golden Amber Club on Thursdays and Edinburgh Deaf Sports and Social Club on Saturdays, will not take place for the foreseeable future.   This is mostly …

Clear Masks For All – Share Your Experiences

20-07-2020

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Since we last updated you on our Clear Masks for All campaign, our supporters have contacted their MSPs (you can still do this online via our last blog post) and the issue has also been raised in an oral question to the First Minister. It’s a promising update, and we’re monitoring things closely as we continue to work with other …

BSL Health & Wellbeing Support

16-07-2020

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Here for you We offer Health & Wellbeing Support, including  deaf counselling services, because know how difficult it can be to look after your mind and body – and even more so during the coronavirus pandemic. You might be feeling lonely, anxious, frustrated, or maybe you are feeling worried about your finances or work. Remember it is ok to feel …

Clear Face Masks for All – Update

07-07-2020

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Update on Deaf Action’s campaign from Philip Gerrard, CEO Back in May, Deaf Action was featured on BBC Breakfast, where we shared our concerns around what the use of face masks can mean for deaf people – especially those who rely on lipreading and facial expressions to communicate. Now, on Friday, a new rule comes into place that sees them …

Technology and “Deaf Gain”

28-06-2020

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Click for BSL video As anyone who has worked with me will attest, I always like to push the envelope when it comes to technology. I like to experiment and see how far it can take me. As a CEO, it seems only natural that I will look for solutions to everyday tasks. Who wants to manually log timesheets when ...

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An Introduction

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Click for BSL video Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Action My background As this blog will be a dedicated space for me to post my opinions and experiences both professionally and personally, I thought I would start by introducing myself so you can get an understanding of who I am and where I am coming from. Firstly, I should start ...

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New online Befriending Service throughout Scotland

11-06-2020

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We know how lonely it can feel at any age being at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. That is why at Deaf Action we have created a new online Befriending Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults living in Scotland.   Need to chat? If you or someone you know could do with a friendly face to chat to, …

Deaf friendly face masks for all!

20-05-2020

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The increasingly widespread use of face masks during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is presenting significant challenges for deaf and hard of hearing people who rely on non-verbal cues, facial expressions and lip reading to communicate. With the government making recommendations that face masks and face coverings are worn as lock-down is relaxed, it is worried that deaf people will struggle …