We have a number of members on board as part of our team at DMCIC. We are particularly keen to involve individuals with a hearing loss and/or families/friends who support someone with a hearing loss but of course hearing individuals are also welcome to join us.
Members have the opportunity to share their views to help us ’shape’ our services. Members are invited to our general meetings. Members are encouraged to share our vision, aims and promote what we do. They will also have opportunities to volunteer in any activities we provide. Volunteering and attending our meetings is optional).
Anyone interested in the free membership can request a membership form by contacting us.
Deb’s professional background has involved working extensively in the health and social care field. She recognises the importance of effective communication, and not just for those with communication barriers! Working with people who were Deaf/Blind Deb gained a passion for diverse communication methods. It also highlighted the necessity of a person centred, non judgemental, inclusive, supportive and friendly approach. Everyone has the right to communication, freedom of opinion and expressions using whichever communication method that may be!
Despite having a profound hearing loss herself Deb has overcome many barriers throughout her life and is highly qualified in many areas which include teaching, advice and guidance, British Sign Language and managing Health and Care Services. Deb has worked with many stakeholders and formed positive partnerships with others to achieve common goals and to break down barriers that many people face by finding solutions/way forwards. In respect of this Deb is excited to be able to bring this all together in her role of with Deafinate Matters CIC
Liz is a mum to 3 girls ages 14,13 & 10 and they have 16 chickens!
Liz has a worsening, profound hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since 24 years of age. She also has Ménière’s disease.
Liz is a senior Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department and is very passionate about access to services for the D/deaf community and learning BSL. Liz is studying BSL Level 2 Sep 2021.
Malcolm is a retired Local Government Officer and was diagnosed with significant hearing loss several years ago. As his hearing continued to deteriorate Malcolm decided to learn British Sign Language (BSL) and, with Deb from Deafinate Training as his teacher, he progressed to Level 2. When Covid struck he experienced the difficulties faced by many D/deaf people, in understanding those whose lips were hidden behind a mask. Deb had already identified this problem and was seeking ways to help the D/deaf community. In order to do this more effectively she proposed that a Community Interest Company be set up and she invited Malcolm to join her as a Company Director.
Nicola has recently taken over the communication services for her deaf sister and has experienced, first hand, how challenging it is for the deaf to access support and career services to lead an integrated and enjoyable life especially through these isolated times. So this has left Nicola with a strong desire to improve the well being of deaf people. Being a Director will allow Nicola to help build a bridge between deaf and hearing people. There is no better time to join this organisation with a growing team and exciting times ahead.