Welcome to deaf-initely women

Deaf-initely Women is run and governed by deaf and hard of hearing women. Deaf-initely Women serves all deaf and hard of hearing women in Derby, Derbyshire and beyond.

We give each other emotional strength to help us to cope with our working and family lives and provide opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing women to gain confidence and experience new things. Our group includes all deaf and hard of hearing women from the age of 18+ and with varying degrees of deafness and communication needs.

Stronger together!

Workshops and classes

Enrol onto our FREE workshops and classes

Join us! It's FREE to join.

Would you like to get involved with our group? 

Work/Volunteer for us

 We could not run our activities without the help of our amazing volunteers and staff.  Would you like to make a difference too?

About Deaf-initely Women

Deaf-initely Women brings deaf and hard of hearing women together.  Getting together helps us grow in confidence and we gain support from each other.

How to become the new you!

 Do you feel isolated?  Do you want to feel more independent and confident?

Brillant deaf and hard of hearing women!

We are always busy running events, classes and workshops for our members.  Find out what we have been up to.

Deaf Women Matter!  

Deaf-initely Women has successfully obtained funding from the Big Lottery Fund to fund an innovative project: Deaf Women Matter! Skills for Life project. The purpose of this project is to enable deaf and hard of hearing women to:

Build confidence

Become emotionally and financially stronger to cope in their personal, working and family lives.

Take up opportunities for to gain new experiences

Take up work and volunteering opportunities

Latest News 

 

Enough!

Enough!

Deaf people are fed up with being unfairly treated. Deaf-initely Women is proud to be working in partnership with local charities in response to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people being treated unfairly in work or when accessing goods and services. Derbyshire...

Becky Daykin: ‘Luck & Boo’ – vegan restaurant

Becky Daykin: ‘Luck & Boo’ – vegan restaurant

Becky was from a small village called Jacksdale in Nottinghamshire but now lives in Alfreton Derbyshire. She left her job as an advocate in January 2020 to take over the running of a restaurant in Melton Mowbray with her partner. Their business is called Luck &...

Karen Adams, childminder business

Karen Adams, childminder business

Karen Adams, from Derbyshire, has owned a Childminder business since April 2007.  She is fully Deaf with BSL and her business is named K.A. Childminder. Karen loves looking after children, which she has done for over 20 years; always involved with helping with...

Get to know us at Deaf-initely Women

Get to know us at Deaf-initely Women

Janet Mellor, Skills and Training Co-Ordinator I joined Deaf-initely Women in July 2018. My previous work at Deaf & Hearing Support based in Chesterfield was advising people about the services and equipment available for deaf people.   I managed a volunteer team...

Home Security

Home Security

Gene Barlow is delighted to join Deaf-initely Women as a Home Security worker. Gene provides information and advice on how to make your homes safe and secure to live in. This service is FREE for all deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women living in Derby and...

Sexual and Reproductive Health Community Worker

Sexual and Reproductive Health Community Worker

Hello, my name is Aga Latif and it is wonderful to be back with the Deaf-initely Women team. Currently, I work as a Sexual and Reproductive Health Community Worker at Deaf-initely Women, in partnership with Derbyshire Integrated Sexual Health Services (DISHS). Deaf...

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana

Award-winning British charity supporting victims for 25 years Supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Founder - Karma Nirvana was founded in Derby in 1993 by the survivor, campaigner and author Jasvinder Sanghera CBE. www.karmanirvana.org.uk...

Wellbeing for deaf and hard of hearing women employees

Wellbeing for deaf and hard of hearing women employees

For deaf and hard of hearing women employees, working in Councils, NHS, Education, Social Care and Voluntary sector. An opportunity to reflect on the impact of covid–19 on our lives and wellbeing. Tools to be able to navigate a new normal in our lives. Explore the...

Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders

Recently we received confirmation that we were nominated in this year’s Impact Awards. This award was to support ‘Tech for Good’, UK’s digital transformation across the whole country. We have had a phenomenal growth in all aspect of communication/responding, social...

Deaf Awareness Week – 3rd-9th May 2021

Deaf Awareness Week – 3rd-9th May 2021

🌺Deaf Awareness Week 2021 3rd – 9th May 2021 – ‘Coming Though it Together’ More details from Deaf Council: click here #DAW2021 #deafinitelywomen #deafwomen #deaf #BSL #hardofhearing #hearingloss #captions #derbyshire #charityUK

Alfreton Deaf-initely Women’s Football!

Alfreton Deaf-initely Women’s Football!

Great picture! Deaf and hard of hearing women playing football in Alfreton last Monday 19th April 2021...They are running every two weeks at Somerlea Park at 6pm. Derby will be running from Friday 23rd April every two weeks at Landau Forte College at 6pm. See...

A beautiful memory cushion – by Kirsty

A beautiful memory cushion – by Kirsty

Making a memory cushion, feedback: 'It was so enjoyable to learn and create my first memory cushion. I was glad to put my old fabrics to use and now feeling creative and eager to make more. I wonderfully gifted my cushion to my mother who loved it. Thank you' Fabulous...

Volunteers

Volunteers

We are hoping to welcome volunteers back to our office. They will have the opportunity to get involved in organising events/workshops if the Roadmap continues to ease the lockdown restrictions in England. We are looking at welcoming deaf women to volunteer from June...

We are making plans to reopen our office

We are making plans to reopen our office

Deaf-initely Women is planning for all staff to gradually return to our office.  We are looking forward to welcoming all staff and volunteers back into our office. Hopefully, we are making plans again for future face-to-face workshops which are COVID-19 secure. We...

Survey – Are you struggling to pay your bills?

Survey – Are you struggling to pay your bills?

If so, tell us of the difficulties you are having by completing our online survey.  Don’t worry it is confidential. This will help us to plan and work with our partners on how best to support deaf women who are struggling to make ends meet.  The deadline to complete...

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