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As of the 1st May 2019 the Deaf Action Bookings Team will have a new SMS text number.

The new number is – 07860018761.

The old number will stop on 1st June 2019

You can also contact us using:
– bookings@deafaction.org
– 0800 014 1401

You can contact us to:
– Book an interpreter
– Check if an interpreter has been booked
– Any queries you may have about interpreter bookings

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Since 2015, Deaf Action has run a Youth Club for young people aged 10-18 who are affected by deafness. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, it has been possible to continue this service. Regular youth clubs and activities have been provided for young people who are deaf, British Sign Language users, deafened, hard of hearing, deafblind and children of deaf adults. We cover the following areas: Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders; and we are looking to expand our team of sessional youth workers.
Payment: £9.39 per hour

We are looking for candidates with the following qualities:

• Possessing, or having a willingness to learn, British Sign Language
• At least 1-year previous experience of working with children and young people
• Possess current PVG registration to work with children, or be eligible for PVG registration to work with children
• Able to work as part of a team
• Available to work during anti-social hours

As a sessional youth worker, you will be assisting with the planning and facilitation of any activities, outings and events for young people affected by deafness. You will be required to support young people to participate in such activities, while providing information and advice, such as services which may be of benefit. Personal records of all young people will need to be maintained and updated to monitor progress and development.

Closing date: Friday 3rd May 2019
Interview date: Friday 17th May 2019

For more information and an application pack click here.

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Deaf Action have produced five BSL version clips for NHS Health Scotland.  The supporting guide ‘r u ok?’ was produced by  NHS Health Scotland to be a supporting guide for parents, carers, teachers, play workers and others working with 8–12 year-old’s. Click on the links below to view each clip.

1. R U worried? – Worry and anxiety
2. R U Sad? – Sadness
3. R U Friends? – Friendship issues
4. When someone dies… – Bereavement and loss
5. Family break-ups – Parental break-ups

The topics covered by the clips were chosen because children have indicated that they are areas of particular concern. Hard copies of the leaflets are available from your local health promotion department.

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It is with sadness we announce that the Deaf Action Kirkcaldy Charity Shop will close its doors on the 13th April 2019.

Despite the best efforts of our wonderful staff and volunteers over the past year, we have not seen the necessary uptake and have reluctantly taken the decision to close.

Philip Gerrard CEO said: ‘With Scotland experiencing more charity shop closures than anywhere else in the UK and many of the large retailers leaving Kirkcaldy town centre, it has unfortunately resulted in a large decline in footfall and almost impossible to be sustainable.

The charity would like to thank everyone who has supported the shop and invites anyone who wants to find a way to stay involved to get in touch.

The closure of the shop will not affect our service delivery throughout Scotland and all other operations are running business as usual.

The shop will close its doors on Saturday 13th April and to help it go out with a bang, a large sale will begin on the 28th March. From clothing to furniture, items will be reduced for a total clearance. Regrettably, we will no longer be able to take donations.

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Deaf Action were delighted to be nominated this year for a FaME (Faculty of Medical Educators) Award for our four-week Deaf Awareness & BSL course we run with medical students from the University of Dundee.
FaME awards were established to acknowledge, reward and encourage excellence in the teaching of undergraduate medical students. They are organised by the student-led FaME Committee, who give students the opportunity to recognise and vote for who they wish to present an award with.
Yesterday our Deaf Action team attended the awards ceremony at Ninewells Hospital and were delighted to be awarded 3rd place in the best self-selected category. Training manager Shaurna Dickson stated: ‘I would like to thank the members of staff and tutors that have successfully run this course over the last eight years…. This award is a fantastic recognition of all the work that goes into running this highly rewarding course with the University of Dundee’.
The course specially designed for medical students, covers *deaf awareness, Introductory to British Sign Language (BSL), lipreading, hearing aids, specialist equipment, working with an Interpreter, language acquisition in children, BSL experiences in the NHS, role play workshop’s and deafness and mental health.
For more information on the courses we offer at Deaf Action please contact learn@deafaction.org
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Time for a change? Come & work with us!

We are currently looking for full & part time Support Workers to join our vibrant team. For more information click here 

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Work with us! We are currently looking for full & part time Support Workers to join our team.

Click here for more information

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Click here for more information on our current vacancies

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