Supporting Deaf people and those with acquired hearing difficulties to live independent lives

Sarah with Customer Care Award - Mayor's Business Awards 2022
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WE WON!! Best Customer Care 2022

We are so proud to have been crowned the winners of the Best Customer Care award at this years Mayor's Business Awards!

We were up against some very stiff competition, which makes this award even more appreciated.

The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at The Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on 4th March which was attended by Anna - General Manager, Sarah - Head of Retail, Rebecca - Audiologist & Donna - Press Officer.

This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication by our team, volunteers, customers and supporters, so we'd like to thank each and every one of you. Without you this would not have been possible.

THANK YOU!

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Lipreading Classes

Fridays - 11:00am-12:30pm

The Deaf Centre, 32b Railway Road, King's Lynn, PE30 1NF

Our popular lipreading classes are returning! Our 8 week course, starting on 18th February helps you make the most of your hearing loss and improve your communication skills with others facing similar issues. Ran by our experienced & qualified director Anna, this course will help teach you to better understand conversations despite your hearing loss.

NEW Walking Club!

Join us for gentle walks around North Norfolk, suitable for those of all abilities and with all levels of hearing loss.

Starting from our two bases; The Deaf Centre in Kings Lynn and The Old Bookshop in Downham, we'll take in the beautiful sights our county has to offer.

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C.H.A.T Clubs are back!

Our popular C.H.A.T Clubs have returned! Now taking place across 3 locations across West Norfolk join us for conversation, activities, support & advice, all tailored to those with acquired hearing loss.

Kings Lynn - Fourth Monday of every month - 10am-12pm

Swaffham - Third Monday of every month - 10am-12pm

Hunstanton - Second Monday of every month - 10am-12pm

Downham Market - Last Thursday of every month - 10am-12pm

With activities ranging from Play Your Cards Right, Beetle Drives, Wellbeing Sessions, Reflexology, and much more, there's something for everyone! Even if none of the activities are to your taste, you're still welcome to come along and join us for a cuppa and a chat, we can't wait to see you!

Deaf Club Coffee Mornings are back!

We're happy to have welcomed our Deaf Club back to the Deaf Centre.

A social group for BSL users offering companionship, activities, support and advice - It's a fun way to connect with others facing similar challenges

NEW Exercise Club!

Taking place every Wednesday at the Salvation Army Hall in Downham Market, join us for a fun, gentle exercise class tailored to those with all levels of hearing loss and all physical abilities. Come along, keep fit, and meet new people!

Tinnitus Support Group returns!

Our gold-award winning support group for those living with tinnitus is back at the Deaf Centre.

Meeting on the last Thursday of every month, this support group provides sufferers of tinnitus the chance to learn new coping techniques as well as get support & advice from our team of experts.

British Sign Language Courses

Starting October 2022

The Deaf Centre, 32b Railway Road, Kings Lynn, PE30 1NF

Our accredited BSL courses are back!

We have a variety of British Sign Language courses, suitable for all abilities, starting again in October 2022.

BSL Level 1 - Learn basic vocabulary & hold simple conversations

BSL Level 2 - Increase knowledge & vocabulary

All courses are directed by a qualified & experienced BSL tutor, and will give you the skills & knowledge needed to hold simple conversations with other BSL users.

Breakout Club is back!

Breakout Club - May 2022

BreakOut club is back again!

14th May 2022

BreakOut club is back again - This time with a family day out to Bircham Windmill.

Take in the historic site and even bake some bread!

Suitable for children aged 5-11 with any deafness in the family. Siblings are welcome too.

Please let us know by 7th May if you'd like to join us so we can secure your place.

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Kenny Deaf Swim School

Tuesdays - 6pm-7pm

St James Swimming Pool, Blackfriars Road, King's Lynn, PE30 1NN

The UK's FIRST Deaf swim school is here!

Ran by Team GB member & one of only 4 Deaf swimming coaches in the UK, Oli Kenny, this is the first dedicated swimming school designed for children with all levels of hearing loss.

Places are limited, so get in touch

Recent Events

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WNDA Does Strictly Come Dancing

THE FINAL!

19th March 2022

Our first ever dance competition for those with hearing loss has come to a glittering end

After all the months of practicing and rehearsing it was amazing to finally crown the winners of our First Ever dance competition for those with hearing loss!

All of our couples who participated blew us away with their skills and beautiful dance moves. It's a shame there could only be one winner.

A great time was had by all, and we can't wait to do it all over again in the Autumn.

Watch this space for more details!

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Volunteer Yve, raising funds for WNDA
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Fundraising event - Yve walks for WNDA

5th February 2022

Fundraising taken to the next level

Our wonderful volunteer & champion Yve took on her biggest challenge yet - walking for 24 hours along the North Norfolk coast!

She walked from Cromer to North Pickenham, battling the worst the weather could throw at her, all in an effort to raise awareness of our vital work and much-needed funds.

We're so very proud of Yve and everything she achieved!

You can still support her by donating funds, or can support us in many ways... All support is greatly welcomed

Deaf Week - Tesco

24th September 2021

Tesco Hardwick recently held their annual "Deaf Week" event in store, and our amazing volunteers Colin & Doreen were more than happy to play a part.

They were in store on Friday at our display stand in the entrance foyer to hand out leaflets and spread the word about the services available through WNDA, as well as to provide information & advice to any shoppers who required it.

Deaf Week - Tesco - Volunteers Colin & Doreen man the WNDA stand at the local superstore

Tesco also very kindly donated £250 to support our work - Thank you Tesco!

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Hearing Support Volunteer refresher training

29th July 2021

It was so lovely to invite the first group of hearing support volunteers to the centre today, for some top-up training with Anna and Chris.

We hope to be back up and running all of our outreach services very soon.

Thank you to our volunteers….we couldn’t do it without you!

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering - or other ways you can support the invaluable work we do here at WNDA -get in touch!

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Deaf Awareness Training - QEH

2nd September 2021

Members of our team, Anna, Bex & Sarah, provided Communication Awareness Training to the Patient Engagement Team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

 

"We were so pleased to join the first group of staff at the QEH to deliver our communication awareness training. We believe that learning should be experiential and the feedback from the group was great!"

Our training courses are available to all organisations and businesses. Please get in touch to book yours.

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Hearing Support Volunteer refresher training - Round two

14th September 2021

The second group of our wonderful volunteers joined us at The Deaf Centre for some Hearing Support refresher training (and a delicious 'welcome back' lunch). It is so heart-warming to see how dedicated our volunteers are to supporting their community, and to have the centre abuzz with activity again! With the return of our clinics, support groups, social groups & activities, our volunteers really are invaluable - We couldn't do what we do without them!

If you'd like to find out more about how you can support the invaluable work we do here at WNDA -get in touch!

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Hunstanton Community Day

1st September 2021

We were delighted to be able to attend the Hunstanton Community Day last month.

Held in the newly-refurbished Town Hall, organisations from across the county were in attendance providing refreshments & support to the local community.

As our CHAT Clubs & Hearing Support services have just started back up in the town, it was the perfect time for us to meet the community and spread the word about the invaluable services we offer.

To find out more about how we can help, or to let us know about other opportunities to reach those in need, get in touch

Breakout Club is back!

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BreakOut club is back!

19th March 2022

BreakOut club was back with a bang!

On 19th March we welcomed our young deaf & hard of hearing users back to the Deaf Centre. It was a fun-filled day, with our special guests - Guinea Pigs from Cavies & Cake!

 

We're looking forward to our next meet up in April - Watch this space for updates...

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Photography Exhibition - Communication

23rd - 30th October 2021

WNDA held a photography exhibition on the theme of Communication.

Communication has been a major focus for us all during this pandemic, and for those with hearing difficulties it has been particularly challenging.

This exhibition gave everyone the opportunity to show what communication means to them through photography. It was open to everyone; You didn't need to be a professional to take part.

The exhibition was participated in by, and attended by, so many supporters we really were blown away. All proceeds raised were to support the invaluable work WNDA carries out.

Some of the best images will also be used in our annual fundraising calendar.

Huge thanks to everyone who supported us!

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New User Intro Session

Monday 4th April - 10:00-12:00

The Deaf Centre, 32b Railway Road, King's Lynn, PE30 1NF

Hearing Aid refresher session

Refresher session for new Hearing Aid users, designed to help users make the most of their Hearing Aids and learn how to best care for them.