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

Here at WNDA we have a jam-packed calendar, full of activities, social groups and events suitable for people of all ages with all levels of hearing loss.

Events

FREE Family BSL Course

2:30pm. Weekly - Saturdays

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

Poster showing details of our FREE Family BSL workshop. Click to find out more information

FREE 6-week course teaching basic BSL to families

A FREE 6-week course that is open to all family members and carers of D/deaf children.

Learn about a total communication approach to language - Improve communication within the family, increase well-being and explore the rich Deaf culture & history.

Kindly funded by Norfolk Community Foundation and KLWN Borough Council

Deaf Pub Group

6pm - 12am. Weekly - Fridays

The Lattice House, Chapel Road, King's Lynn, PE30 1EG

Deaf Pub Poster - 2024 dates. Click to find out more information

Join us for our Deaf pub night!

Following the roaring success of our first-ever Deaf Pub night we've decided to do it all over again - Every month in fact! The last Friday of every month is now our Deaf Pub Club...

Enjoy the pool table, board games, live music, fresh cooked food, and a wide array of hot & cold drinks, all in the beautiful surroundings of The Lattice House and with excellent company.

Suitable for all adult BSL users of all levels, from beginner to fluent.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bookish Quiz Night

7pm. Friday 28th June 2024

Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DW

Bookish quiz night poster. Click to find out more information
Image of patrons enjoying a Bookish Quiz night, as part of our annual Downham Market WordFest event

Our popular Bookish Quiz Night is back!

As part of our Downham Market WordFest 2024 celebrations, we're holding another Bookish Quiz Night! Our last event proved to be amazingly popular, and great fun was had by all. So we can't wait to do it all again!

Get your teams of 2-6 people together, and prove your prose prowess. Prizes are on the line!

Tickets are £5 per person, and can be bought online or at No 8 The Old Bookshop on Downham Market High Street.

Meet The Author - Rebecca Stonehill

10am. Saturday 13th July 2024

No 8 The Old Bookshop, High Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DB

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Meet The Author drop-in event - Rebecca Stonehill

Our next event to celebrate Downham Market WordFest 2024 is a drop-in Meet The Author session with Rebecca Stonehill.

Her debut novel "The Poet's Wife" is a beautiful, powerful book filled with characters so vivid they'll take a place in your heart!

Come along to find out more about this novel, as well as gain insights to writing and publishing.

Introducing BSL in schools - Educational Professionals forum

*Postponed - New date TBC*

Online. Or in-person at The Deaf Centre, 32 Railway Road, Kings Lynn, PE30 1NF

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Illustrative image supporting Introducing BSL to schools workshop. Image shows close up of hands speaking in BSL

FREE workshop supporting schools & and teaching staff introducing BSL in schools.


BSL will be available as a GCSE Option from 2025. In preparation for the introduction of BSL to the curriculum, WNDA is offering a series of workshops for schools and teachers supporting the creation of inclusive communication environments, which will enable mainstream primary and secondary school learners to develop an understanding and appreciation of the language, whilst enhancing communication for children and young people with ALD, hearing and speech difficulties, and concentration issues.
There will be an opportunity to meet with BSL Tutors and an interactive sensory storytelling session to introduce BSL at primary and nursery stages.


This is an in-person and online event. Participants who would like to join us at The Deaf Centre, please confirm by email to info@wnda.org.uk
BSL Interpreting will be available

Downham Market WordFest Week

16th - 22nd September 2024

Headliner - Meet The Author - Curtis Jobling

Saturday 21st September

Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, PE38 9DW

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We are super excited to announce our headline author for Downham Market WordFest week...the fabulous Curtis Jobling!

Curtis is the designer of the Global hit children's TV show 'Bob The Builder', as well as the author and illustrator of numerous other books. 
Curtis will be drawing live, bringing his illustrations and characters to life, as well as giving insights to the world of being an author and illustrator.


Tickets cost £6 each, and are available below or from No8 The Old Bookshop

WordFest 24

Recent Events

2024

Women's Voices - International Women's Day Forum

Anna spent the day at GoogleAcademy London with MediaTrust.co for #womensvoices24, on #Internationalwomensday -A fantastic event providing expert advice and guidance about our branding and campaigns. This will all help to ensure we are able to reach people who need our services

WNDA and 29 other charities were selected from a pool of 120 applicants for this amazing opportunity, which included professionals from BBC, ITV, Google, and all the major advertising and PR agencies.

Audiology Assistants Training

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Our audiology assistants enjoyed a multi-day training course, learning all about everything they could possibly need to know about ears! Including ear health, how to spot referable conditions, water pulse irrigation techniques, microsuction techniques, and much more.

We make sure all assistants are clinically accurate and deliver a professional service as it's so important to be safe and accurate.

Everyone had a blast!

To book an appointment with either our audiologists, assistants, or hearing support coordinators please feel free to get in touch...

YourLocal Hero Awards 2024

Kenny Oliver, one of our trustees, receives an award for his Deaf Swimming School, the first in the UK

on 24th April Oli and Sarah attended the local hero awards at King's Lynn Corn Exchange, where Oli was awarded the Sportsperson of the year award!

Oli is a trustee and lifelong service uer of WNDA, as well as the founder of the Kenny Deaf Swim School, the first Deaf-led swim school in the UK.

Oli swam for Team GB for many years travelling the world and holding many British records. He decided to set up the first official Deaf led swim school in the Uk, to give something back to the community, with the support of WNDA.

We are so very proud of his achievements and a fabulous win last night

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Marham Fun Day

Our wonderful volunteers Colin & Doreen were out in full force at the Marham Fun Day on 9th June, raising over £100 for our charity! Not only this, but this amount will be matched by a local company they are involved with!

 

Huge thanks to Colin and Doreen for all their amazing efforts.

Sarah & Beverley visit a local school to deliver a sensory experience of our self-penned story 'Windy'

World Book Day 2024

Beverley and Sarah had the best day with the students and staff at The Clare School, Norwich today.

They visited every class in the school with Windy and Misty. The students were engaged and loved our storytime sessions with sensory props…and showed us their fantastic signing too

Big thanks for inviting us!

Healthwatch Forum

On Tuesday 16th January we welcomed HealthWatch Norfolk to The Deaf Centre, where many of our service users shared their lived experiences of Health & Social Care.

This was a great opportunity for our Deaf community and those with acquired hearing loss to share their experiences and help make the changes to the services that will make life easier for themselves and those they care for.

Just another event that demonstrates our commitment to raising awareness of the impact of Deafness on accessing statutory services.

We'll look forward to holding more such events in the future!

Police Commission visit

Police & Crime Commissioner

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk visited The Deaf Centre on Tuesday 16th January, to discuss involving the Deaf Community in developing services, training police about Deaf awareness, and so much more. It was extremely interesting & useful.

Thank you to everyone who took part and gave feedback!

2023

Image showing Christmas Tree in WNDA Deaf Centre. Tree is decorated with characters from our children's book, Windy.

Christmas at WNDA

Image showing young child taking part in Christmas activities during our Stay & Play drop-in session
Image showing Simon Rowe of Radio West Norfolk delivering toys to Anna & Grant of WNDA, as part of the Christmas Toy Appeal

We celebrated Christmas 2023 in style, with Christmas meals and parties with all our various support & social groups. We all had the best time!

We were even included as recipients of the Radio West Norfolk Toy Appeal, where generous shoppers donated toys for us to hand out to our young service users. We're so very grateful for all the amazing donations!

Merry Christmas to all our friends, volunteers and supporters, from all of us here at WNDA.

See you in the New Year!

Image of Deaf Coffee Morning Group posing during the Christmas party at The Deaf Centre
Image showing members of the Deaf Coffee Morning Group enjoying their Christmas party held at The Deaf Centre
Image of audiologist Bex and her mum Liz posing after completing the Christmas Day Swim in Hunstanton, which they completed to raise funds for WNDA

Christmas Day swim

Hunstanton

Our fabulous audiologist Bex and her wonderful mum braved the icy North Sea on Christmas Day, and raised a whopping £1,238 for WNDA!

We're so very proud of them, and grateful to everyone who kindly donated. These funds will go a long way to helping us support our community.

Toy Like Me event poster

Toy Like Me day!

Saturday 25th March 2023

We all had such a great time at Toy Like Me Day!

It was a busy day, with loads of teddies having their hearing checks and having hearing aids fitted. All the children (and the adults!) loved seeing how everything works, and really enjoyed playing in our purpose built childrens room. We can't wait for the next one! 

Thank you to everyone who came along for the fun :-)

Deaf Awareness Training - CITB

Deaf Awareness Training

CITB Construction College

We had a fun few days talking to people at CITB about Deaf Awareness and BSL.

They learnt about the anatomy of the ear, the causes of hearing loss, how to better communicate with those with hearing loss, as well as how to finger-spell their own names! A fun & informative session for all.

The course took place at their offices, and was structured to fit around their schedule so as not to affect their usual working day.

We have availability to run courses for your organisation, so get in touch to find out more...

Queens Platinum Jubilee Logo

We celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in style!

We had an absolute blast celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with parties galore!

First our CHAT clubs enjoyed a party with live entertainment, dancing and an outstanding cake - Many thanks to Morrisons for their contribution & joining in the fun with us.

Then it was the turn of our BSL coffee morning group, who celebrated with an array of activities, games and a delicious lunch!

Check out our Facebook page for videos of the merriment

Platinum Jubilee party
Platinum Jubilee party - Wide shot of attendees Dancing
Platinum Jubilee party - Volunteers waving flags
Platinum Jubilee party - Attendees dancing
Platinum Jubilee party - Attendees waving flags
Platinum Jubilee party - Morrisons champions having a dance
Platinum Jubilee party - Party goer waving flag

Thank you to everyone who came along to join in the fun, and to everyone for their efforts in making our celebrations happen.

Platinum Jubilee party - Group enjoying fesitivities

2022

James Wild Running - Raising money for WNDA at London Marathon

James Wild MP took on the London Marathon!

2nd October 2022

Our local MP James Wild took part in the 2022 London Marathon to raise funds for local charities, including WNDA.

We are extremely grateful to James for supporting our charity.

 

James completed the marathon in an impressive time of 3 hrs 37m and 15s! And raised a total of £926 for us!

 

As well as raising these much needed funds, he also helped raise awareness of our community and the vital work we do.

 

Thank you so much to James for his support!

WNDA Does Strictly - Trophy & signed image of Rose

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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Sarah with Customer Care Award - Mayor's Business Awards 2022
Mayors Business Awards Logo

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!

Volunteer Yve, raising funds for WNDA
Route map of Yve's fundraising walk along the North Norfolk Coast

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

2021

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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!

Hunstanton Community Day - WNDA stand raising awareness of the services available

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

WNDA-Deaf Awareness Training-At the Queen Elizabeth hopsital

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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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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