About Deaf-initely Women

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

Isolation can be life changing and life limiting.
Deaf-initely Women aims to empower Deaf and hard of hearing women who have experienced discrimination or isolation because of their hearing loss.

History of Deaf-initely women

The idea to set up Deaf-initely Women all started during a birthday meal. Ten deaf friends were celebrating being deaf women as well as discussing the problems that they encountered in their daily lives. They acknowledged how lucky they were to have each other for emotional support which gave them so much strength in their daily lives. They began to realise that other deaf women need this support too and started to create an organisation that could help.

Awards for All provided the funding for ourConnecting Deaf Women across Derbyshire” project. The numbers of Deaf and hard of hearing women joining Deaf-initely Women from all parts of Derbyshire has increased. The idea has grown, bringing together deaf women who may have felt isolated, to support each other.

Our Aims

Improve the wellbeing of Deaf women

We aim to improve the well-being of Deaf and hard of hearing women through health education and raising awareness. We want Deaf and hard of hearing women to become emotionally and financially strong and able to cope within their personal, working and family lives.

Challenge discrimination

We effectively challenge discrimination together and we support agencies to learn and improve the way they serve and employ Deaf and hard of hearing women. We aim to empower women who have experienced discrimination due to hearing loss.

Build the confidence of Deaf women

Our aim is to improve the confidence of Deaf and hard of hearing women through socialising and trying new experiences.

About our Trustees

Sue Mitchell

Sue Mitchell

Co-Chair

Sarah Tupling

Sarah Tupling

Co-Chair

Ingrid Abercrombie

Ingrid Abercrombie

Co-Secretary

Barbara Barker

Barbara Barker

Tracie Bonnici

Tracie Bonnici

Co-Secretary

Jayne Cubitt

Jayne Cubitt

Co-Treasurer

Nikki JOhnson

Nikki JOhnson

Agniezka Latif

Agniezka Latif

Diane Stratulis

Diane Stratulis

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Co-Treasurer

Meet the Creative Team

Teresa Waldron

Teresa Waldron

Manager

Janet Mellor

Janet Mellor

Skills and Training Coordinator

Suzanne Sims

Suzanne Sims

Office and Volunteers Administrator

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