Press Release

PR004 - 04/06/19


‘Emma Daniel - Our New Patron’

DeafCOG are delighted to announce that Emma Daniel, who instigated the BSL Charter when she was the Lead Member of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee, has accepted our invitation to become our patron. She is our third patron along with Rachel Fielding and Stephen Lloyd.

The directors and the team have been impressed with Emma’s hard work in implementing the BSL Charter which brought about positive changes at Brighton and Hove City Council. Many changes are starting to happen in respect of providing better and more accessible services for the Deaf community.

It was the BSL Charter that triggered the Deaf Services Liaison Forum - it gave us and other Deaf organisations a great opportunity to properly represent our Deaf members and the Deaf community at large. This is largely down to Emma’s passion in making sure Deaf people are listened to. Hopefully this will enable neighbouring Councils as well as NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to follow Brighton and Hove City Council’s lead.

Emma H. Daniel, Patron

“I am determined to remain a part of a move to make our city truly accessible and fair for deaf people. This work has been so necessary and it’s vital that hearing people are allies to the deaf community in insisting on better. I am honoured to continue that fight with Deaf COG”.

 

Information for Editors:

DeafCOG (Deaf Cultural Outreach Group), is a community service provider and an umbrella organisation, run by a small team of Deaf volunteers covering Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. We highlight issues on inequality and discrimination to the public-bodies such as the National Government, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts. 

DeafCOG act as consultants along with other Deaf organisations for Brighton & Hove City Council and offer professional advice and recommendations to improve accessible and Deaf friendly services for the Deaf community in Brighton and Hove. 

DeafCOG also organises community engagement activities for adults to shape and improve the health and well-being of the Deaf Community in East Sussex such as Our Space, Cafe Social, Relay Ramblers and various workshops.

 

PR003 - 25/10/17


‘Funding for Project commencing 1st November 2017’


Alan Bruzon, Director of Projects, Citizens Advice East Sussex 


Citizens Advice East Sussex has received funding to improve access to its services for deaf people and non-English speakers. The funding, from the Big Lottery's Awards for All programme, will enable the charity to spend more on interpreter costs as part of a year-long project to improve access. 

Director of Projects, Alan Bruzon said: "Over the past year we have seen an increase in demand for our services from speakers of other languages. As a result, our costs for interpreting services have increased. As individual charities, we have to raise our own funding. It is essential that people with limited English receive full and accurate advice and so qualified interpreters are a must. We anticipate the need for interpreters will remain high over the coming year and this additional funding will enable us to make sure people can get the help they need.

"Also, the funds will help us to pay for British Sign Language Interpreters which will enable more deaf people to receive advice. We recently met with staff from DeafCOG and discussed how we can help deaf people better. The funding will enable more deaf people to receive advice for the problems they are facing".

Pamela Morgan, Director of DeafCOG

"DeafCOG approached the CAB to discuss access needs for the Deaf community, and have been bowled over by the enthusiasm, and attitude from Alan Bruzon, in understanding and supporting improved access and equality to information for Deaf people. 

Being Deaf in a hearing orientated world leads to daily inequality and barriers, mainly in access to information and communication. The CAB in East Sussex have taken this onboard wholeheartedly. The news of the funding for access needs for Deaf people and others with limited access to English is wonderful news, I am sure once the Deaf community knows about this accessible service, they will be very very happy. I hope this will be the start of a long and ongoing service. 

It will be interesting to see how much the Deaf community will benefit from this service in the period of one year's funding. We look forward to supporting this and working with the CAB now and in the future."

 

Alan Bruzon will be one of our two speakers at the next Our Space meeting at the Eastbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 27th September. The doors will be open at 6.30pm for 7pm until 9.00pm – please join us! More information can be found at www.deafcog.co.uk/os-eastbourne.

Information for Editors:

DeafCOG (Deaf Cultural Outreach Group), is a community service provider and an umbrella organisation. We host activities and projects that are of value to the Deaf community. The aim is to promote the Deaf identity positively; to create opportunities; to strengthen the community; and to provide community-led services in British Sign Language and Deaf culture. 

 

PR002 - 10/09/17


‘5-Day Relay Ramble Challenge’


Sophie Hirshman - Project Lead for Community Connect 

A 5-day Relay Ramble Challenge is to take place from Saturday 30th September to Wednesday 4th October from Brighton & Hove to East Sussex / Kent, organised by DeafCOG to help raise money for the Deaf Community.

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, across East Sussex, are living in isolation, struggle to be understood, struggle for access to information daily, in a world where people do not understand what is it like to be deaf or hard of hearing. This often can lead to depression, mental illness and isolation with no peers to talk to.

 

As part of our Big Lottery Fund, Community Connect Project, DeafCOG wanted to connect in all areas of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. Connecting people is what our project is all about, to improve Deaf people’s life opportunities, health and well-being. Our aim is to reduce the lack of access that services are providing for deaf people.

 

Pamela Morgan, Director of DeafCOG - ‘I am thrilled that we are running this event as it will help us 'join up' individuals to make our community stronger. Knowing the money that is raised will improve the lives of Deaf people across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex’

 

Local Deaf Man from Bexhill, Peter - ‘It is like a 2nd home for the Deaf Community. I love all activities and want more!’

 

Help us publicise our work, raise awareness of the challenges Deaf people face both nationally and in a local context, get fit, socialise, all while raising money to support the valuable work we do.

 

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. By 2035, it is estimated that there will be 15.6 million people with hearing loss in the UK - that's one in five. More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf.

 

The event is taking place at

 

•    South Down National Park - Saturday, 30 September 2017

•    The Long Man of Wilmington - Sunday, 1 October 2017

•    Buxted Park - Monday, 2 October 2017

•    Wadhurst - Bewl Water - Tuesday, 3 October 2017

•    Northiam - Ewhurst Green - Wednesday, 4 October 2017

 

You can choose one or more routes or why not do all the routes if you are up for a challenge!

 

To support DeafCOG’s challenge, please visit https://www.deafcog.co.uk/relay-ramble

 

Information for Editors:

 

DeafCOG (Deaf Cultural Outreach Group), is a community service provider and an umbrella organisation. We host activities and projects that are of value to the Deaf community. The aim is to promote the Deaf identity positively; to create opportunities; to strengthen the community; and to provide community-led services in British Sign Language and Deaf culture. 

 

 

PR001 - 01/07/17


‘DeafCOG and Action Deafness’


Kim Wyer - Operations Manager 

DeafCOG are pleased to announce our agreement with Action Deafness in Leicester has been finalised.

 

We will continue to work jointly in the development of our quality PA Community Service in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

See PA Community Services for more information.

Information for Editors:

 

DeafCOG (Deaf Cultural Outreach Group), is a community service provider and an umbrella organisation. We host activities and projects that are of value to the Deaf community. The aim is to promote the Deaf identity positively; to create opportunities; to strengthen the community; and to provide community-led services in British Sign Language and Deaf culture.