St Stephen's Church in Stoke on Trent restarts Signed Services and Ernest Seager to be Lay ReaderRead more: News from Stoke on Trent
The Deaf Churches in West Yorkshire and the Dales have launched a New Website yorkshiredeaf.org.uk. As well as details about Deaf Church events in the Yorkshire area it also contains news and views from Deaf Clubs, pubs and social gatherings and cultural events.
While sponsored by the Deaf Churches of West Yorkshire and the Dales it will also publish relevant content from Deaf Churches and community groups anywhere in Yorkshire.
If you live in or visit Yorkshire it's well worth bookmarking this site.
Word of Hands is pleased to confirm the BSL Alpha Course running at SDCA (Sandwell Deaf Community Association), see below for BSL video. The trainer will be Jay Thomas-Morton, please contact SDCA to book your place before it gets fully booked.
Date: Monday 18th January - Monday 21st March 2016 at 10am-1pm
Read more: BSL ALPHA course in Birmingham
A Christmas treat for al our readers Nadia Nadarajah signs ‘Silent Night’.
Watching Nadia signing Silent Night revealed so many character roles descriptively as there are in the story. Nadia becomes the narrator; she naturally shifts seamlessly from one character to another, be it Mary, Jesus, Angels, Shepherd or the Three Kings. The viewer is teleported to a specified location within her signing space such as the manger, heaven, and the desert.
Her signing reflects the music score and the gentleness of the story shines out. There is hardly any lip-patterns and fingerspelling but strong use of signs and symbols such as stars, shepherd’s crook, angel’s wings, singing alleluia and the way it is carried out.
The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) has launched a new website. BSMHD is a UK charity that focuses entirely on the promotion of the positive mental health of deaf people.
Mental health includes healthy emotional, psychological and social development, the prevention and treatment of mental illness and other disorders. Although the main focus is on those who’s first or preferred language is sign language, BSMHD is interested in the mental health of all deaf people, whatever their language preference, age of onset or degree of deafness.
Deaf people who are British Sign Language users are almost twice as likely to have mental health issues compared with the general population (40% against 25%). In addition, people with mental health and deafness issues (multiple needs) often face marginalisation from mainstream society. There is a great deal of stigma attached to mental health in the Deaf community, thus leading to isolation and loneliness in a close knit community. Through delivery of training courses and dissemination of information, BSMHD are actively working to reduce this stigma throughout the UK.
The Revd. Mark Smith Smith is moving from from his post as Chaplain among Deaf People in Derby to minister to the Deaf Community in West Yorkshire and the Dales. He will also be Vicar of Rawdon in the North West of Leeds.
The Diocese of Yorkshire and the Dales is a new Diocese in the Church of England formed by combining the Dioceses Ripon and Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford. Mark wil minister with existing Deaf congregations in Barnsley , Bradford, Halifax, Leeds and Harrogate as well as developing the work in Wakefield and Huddersfield and other smaller towns.
Mark will work alongside the Rev Rachel Wilson. Rachel has been working alone in the region since the retirement of the Rev Bob Shrine (Deaf) whose ministry ion the area has been greatly appreciated. Mark says "I'll be sad to be leaving Derby but will be glad to take on this new challenge. and look forward to woking with Rachel and the Deaf Leadership Team in West Yorkshire.Read more: New Minister for West Yorkshire and the Dales