At cSeeker, there are few things we love more than getting out there and meeting as many new Deaf people as possible.
We’re delighted to announce that Birmingham-based Olivier Jamin has joined the team as our new Operations Coordinator.
Working part-time three days each week, Olivier will support our organisation across a range of activities, including Finance, admin tasks, BSL videos and Deaf Awareness. He started with us in early May. More
Love watching videos, films or TV in BSL? If so, we understand that it can often be tricky to find a range of high-quality information in the format in which you need to access it, ie. BSL.
We’re delighted to say we have a new YouTube education channel which aims to address this lack of information. Log on and see our latest videos, all properly signed by a highly qualified interpreter, and with subtitles, while we have a Deaf BSL user lined up to work with us on future films.
We know that campus life, while often being wonderfully rewarding, can also have its challenges, especially for Deaf students.
That’s why we want to do what we can to make sure Deaf students have as much support as possible while they are at college or university.
So we’re now cheering up every Monday afternoon between 1 and 3pm with our new drop-in sessions for Deaf students.
Deaf school leavers and students who are struggling to achieve enough qualifications now have better access to apprenticeships for the first time thanks to changes which the government has recently unveiled.
At cSeeker, there are few things we enjoy more than being out and about and meeting new people.
One great chance to do that recently was at the UK Council on Deafness annual conference, held at the BT Centre, St Paul’s, London in early November.
Under the theme ‘Common Purpose’, the organisation’s 2016 event was aimed at being a celebration of what the community can achieve when we work together.
A dancer, the Punk Chef, children’s theatre and a poet were among those present at a special event called Deaf Utopia, held at a performance centre in Northampton last month. And we were delighted to join them.
With more than 20 stalls, the family-friendly day event, organised by Deaf Hub. spread itself over two rooms and aimed to celebrate the very best of Deaf talent.
Alongside the stalls, there were a string of performances from well-known Deaf stars including stand-ups John Smith and Rinkoo Barpaga.
We were delighted to be there to support this important celebration which was also a great networking opportunity for cSeeker, especially because around half of those attending were from the Birmingham area. It was the first time we had attended this annual event.
So we took the opportunity to make new contacts while catching up with existing ones, and to tell people about our services and hand out some of our promotional backpacks.
cSeeker director Guy Orlov says: “It was an excellent day, and we always enjoy being out and about meeting people from across the Deaf community, and those who support them.
“We took quite a few questions from parents on the day. It was especially worrying to hear how many had concerns about the quality of support their Deaf child was receiving. This is something we hear time and time again when we are at events like Deaf Utopia.
“All in all, it was a brilliant way to meet people. We are already very much looking forward to next year.”
Here’s an article cSeeker’s Alex Orlov wrote for the Deaf blog Limping Chicken – about the continual frustrations of getting people to text rather than phone:
Having been born Deaf, I think I manage pretty well with a cochlear implant, lipreading, email, Skype and sign language for most daily communication. I first came to the UK as a student from Israel and stayed – and generally speaking, the majority of people are helpful.