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

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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

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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!

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WNDA Does Strictly Come Dancing!

1:30 - 2:30pm, 8th January 2022 - 5th March 2022

Greyfriars Academy, 14-15 London Road, Kings Lynn, PE305PY

Our first ever dance competition for those with hearing loss

Follow in the footsteps of Rose & Giovanni and show off your moves with our FIRST EVER dance competition specifically for those affected by hearing loss, whether it be sufferers or their family & friends. Taking place over 9 weeks culminating in one of our talented couples lifting the Glitterball!

All abilities are welcome, and even if you don't have a partner but still want to take part let us know, we're sure we can help.

Or if dancing is not for you, come along and support your favourite couple.

We can't wait to see your moves!

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Route map of Yve's fundraising walk along the North Norfolk Coast

Fundraising event - Yve walks for WNDA

4th February 2022*

Fundraising taken to the next level

Our wonderful volunteer & champion Yve is taking on her biggest challenge yet in a bid to raise funds for & raise awareness of our vital charity. She will be walking for 24 hours along the North Norfolk coast!

You can support her efforts by making a donation, joining her on part of the walk, meeting her at one of the check-points along the route, or simply sharing the event on your social networks. All support is greatly welcomed & appreciated!

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!

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

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We're finalists in the 2022 Mayor's Business Awards!

WNDA & No 8 The Old Bookshop have been nominated as finalists in the 2022 Mayor's Business Awards in 2 categories; Best Customer Care & Best Independent Retailer.

Thank you to all our staff, volunteers & supporters who have made this possible - We can't do what we do without you!

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on 4th March - Keep your fingers crossed for us

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British Sign Language Courses

Starting January 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 in January 2022.

Taster Session - 17th January - £5

Introduction to BSL - 7th February - £80 (8 week course)

BSL Level 1 - 7th February - £390 (23 week course)

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!

A deaf-friendly youth club full of fun & activities for anyone who is 5 to 11 years old & is deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing children who have a deaf brother, sister or parents (CODA) are also welcome too!

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.

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Lipreading Classes

Thursdays - 10:30am-12pm

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

Our popular lipreading classes are returning!

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.

Recent Events

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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!

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