Burns weekend: Edinburgh Deaf Heritage Tour


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Date: Sunday 22 January 2023 Time: 10am to noon Cost: £12.00/£6.00 Where: St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Join our Edinburgh Deaf Heritage Tour. During this two hour walking BSL tour along Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, you will see a number of landmarks related to Deaf History, with stories from John A Hay MBE, your deaf tour guide. Assemble in front of ...

Burns weekend: bagpipes workshop


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Date: Sunday 22 January 2023 Time: 2pm to 3pm Cost: £5.00 Where: Deaf Action, 49 Albany St, Edinburgh Join Ailis Sutherland, piping teacher at The National Piping Centre and touring musician, as she takes you through a demonstration of how to play the beginner instrument of the bagpipes - the Practice Chanter. She will share some of the history of ...

Our building restoration works



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As the oldest deaf charity in the world, we have called 49 Albany Street in Edinburgh our home since 1889. We understand the significance our building has for the deaf community and its heritage. That’s why we have committed to the ongoing restoration of the building, ensuring we can offer a space that is fit to serve our communities today, …

Jemma’s story: ‘My journey into employment’



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“After reaching out to Deaf Action’s Employability service, I met with Carole who invited me in for an appointment. We discussed my CV and she helped me look for vacancies online. Carole suggested we met with a recruiter, who could help me on my job search. During my first appointment with Carole, we saw the newly refurbished Blackwood Bar. While …

Youth Club – Irn Bru Carnival

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Click for BSL Video Irn Bru Carnival Date: 14th January 2023 Time: 12pm - late Cost: Free Where: SEC Glasgow Deaf Action's Youth Club is going to the carnival! Usually, our youth club will take place every second weekend, and as we will be at the panto on the 7th January, the next youth club should be on the 26th. ...

Youth Club – Pantomime

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Click for BSL Video Pantomime Date: 7th January 2023 Time: 12pm - 4pm Cost: Free Where: Meet at Deaf Action Join us for a day at the pantomime! As usual, we will meet at Deaf Action for 12pm and will have youth club activities. Then just before 2pm we will head over to the pantomime to watch an interpreted performance ...

Youth Club – Online baking workshop with Yvonne Cobb

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Click for BSL Video Online baking workshop with Yvonne Cobbs Date: 16th December 2022 Time: 7pm - 9pm Cost: Free Where: Online Join us for this online workshop, with special guest Yvonne Cobbs. Yvonne is known for her love of cooking and baking, and she will be here to teach you all how to make some Christmas treats. It could ...

Drink & Sign


Blackwood Bar

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Dates: Every Thursday Time: 7pm – 11pm Where: Blackwood Bar, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY 18+ Come along to our signing socials, every Thursday evening here at the Blackwood Bar. Our signing evenings are a great way to meet other BSL learners and hone your skills in a safe space where all members of the signing community can come …

Youth Club – Christmas Party


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Click for BSL Video Christmas Party Date: 3rd December 2022 Time: 12pm - 4pm Cost: Free Where: Deaf Action Join Deaf Action's Youth Club for our Christmas Party. There will be lots of festive fun and activities, as well a magician, who will be taking us on a magical journey and performing some magic for us! Maybe you can figure ...

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023 dates announced



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Following the success of the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, we are delighted to announce it will be back next year, taking place from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 August 2023.  Organised by Deaf Action, this year’s festival was a celebration of deaf culture, language and identity. With over 100 performances including comedy, theatre, cabaret, and heritage tours, the festival put …