Top tips for working with BSL/English interpreters



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If you’re new to working with interpreters, we’ve put together this essential guide so you know what to expect. Interpreters aid communication between deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) and hearing people who use English. The interpreter will relay information by listening to spoken English and interpreting it into BSL, or will watch the BSL and translate it …

Counter terrorism online session


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Date: Wednesday 16 November 2022 Time: 6pm to 7pm Cost: Free Where: Online, MS Teams On Wednesday 16th November at 6-7pm, Police Scotland will be hosting a virtual information session in BSL through MS Teams to talk about the threat from Terrorism. The event will cover the following points: What is terrorism? How to identify and respond to suspicious behaviour ...

Making the Edinburgh festival season accessible



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Last month, Deaf Action hosted the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, a week-long celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage. But that wasn’t the end of our involvement in the Edinburgh festivals. Our skilled team coordinated interpreters and captioners for both the Edinburgh Deaf Festival and Fringe performances throughout August, making even more of the festival season accessible to deaf people. …

The first Edinburgh Deaf Festival gets underway



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Pictured: Philip Gerrard, Stephen Robinson, Nadia Nadarajah and Gavin Lilley. Photo by Colin Hattersley. Today sees the launch of the first ever Edinburgh Deaf Festival, with a programme of more than 100 performances over eight days. Among those at the launch were the award-winning mime artist DeafMimo, Mae Al-Kalamchi from the children’s magic show Once Upon A raindrop and deaf …

Deaf Action has a new look



Click for BSL video Introducing our vibrant new brand identity Today is an exciting time for Deaf Action, as we unveil our new brand identity. As the oldest deaf charity in the world, we are an organisation with long standing heritage, and we’ve got a lot to be proud of. Our commitment to the deaf community has led us to ...

Our tribute to Rose Ayling Ellis at Fleurs De Ville FEMME



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A celebration of remarkable women, the Fleurs De Villes event is currently at St James Quarter in Edinburgh. We're thrilled to have sponsored a floral installation, in our spectacular tribute to Rose Ayling-Ellis. Rose made history as the first deaf contestant and winner of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, proving that deaf people can do anything. She's helped increase deaf awareness ...

Bar reopening event


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Date: 24th June 2022 Time: 4pm - late Where: Deaf Action Headquarters, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY 18+ Deaf Action’s bar is back! After being closed for a few weeks for a refurbishment, we are now ready to welcome you all back to our bar at 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, at our official reopening event. This event is a ...

Edinburgh Deaf Festival programme launched at spectacular event



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Pictured: Jamie Rea, Solar Bear; Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Fringe Festival CEO, Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action CEO Deaf Action was delighted to host people from across the arts, business, charity and politics sectors at Bonnie & Wild, within St James Quarter, on Thursday 17 June, to welcome the programme launch of the Edinburgh Deaf Festival. Unique in Scotland and the rest …

Youth Club – Employability service


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Are you over 16 and want to kick-start your career? Deaf Action’s employability service can help you in a number of ways, including: Supporting you to create a CV Helping with job applications Teaching you how to search for jobs Practice your interviews skills Take you to local job fairs so you can speak to employers. We're here to support ...

Introducing… Edinburgh Deaf Festival



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It’s Deaf Awareness Week, so we want to tell you something really exciting that’s happening soon.   Edinburgh Deaf Festival will be a celebration of deaf culture, language & heritage, accessible to all. There will be performances from deaf performers and artists, with regular activities planned throughout this week, such as tours, exhibitions, workshops and book clubs. All events will be interpreted …