Adapting the change from face-to-face to online

One of our biggest funders, The National Lottery, has provide the Deaf Women’s Matters project, to support this organisation. This in theory was to support many deaf and range of hearing loss women with many different communications needs.

This project was to empower deaf and hearing loss women, by focus on their well-being, confidence, independence, new-skills, healthy and personal safety. We offer various courses, classes and workshops and where possible we use deaf women trainers. Also, we are creating many volunteers’ opportunities within Deaf-initely Women to enable women to learn new skills to help them into jobs (or ‘careers’).

This is a three year project and we are approaching half way in year two.  The outcome of this project is going well with fantastic deaf women team support to keeping this going and we all are achieving our targets.

Against the background of hearsay, among the deaf communities, hard of hearing clubs and the non-stop news of Covid-19 from other countries, we weren’t aware that the changes were going to come, quite quickly and we were unprepared. Something has to be done quickly, this raised a new challenges for us all.

 

First on-line meeting

During this lockdown, isolations, working remotely from home, we suddenly realised that we need to change in order to carry on with our current funders. For the first time ever, we had an online meeting together in a very strange environment. It took us a few attempts to get this going smoothly with no help from IT support or guidance on hand.

We have over-come our deafness, deaf-blind barrier during online meetings by creating our rule such as waving, speak one at the time and so on. We have improved each time by adding other communication methods such as British Sign Language interpreters and electronic notetaker online to support our team meeting. It was a great network and it can work!

During the online team discussion, we came up with new innovator ideas to make it work and how we all have engage, reach out and adapted the changes. We quickly learned the new skills on video conferences, video editing, newsletters, website updating and keeping in touch with everyone. We quickly created new contact details such as various video calls, for example messenger for other deaf women who are at the most extreme isolating themselves. We have set up a new private group for deaf, hearing loss and deaf-blind women on Facebook group enable to communication, keeping in touch through difficult times.

 

Deaf-initely Women – we can adapt

Therefore, as we all know how extremely important for all deaf and hearing loss women in various communities to keep in constant touch for their well-being, healthy and staying safe by going digital and on-line especially during this Covid19 situation. That we are adaptable organisation with team that have range of excellent skills to a good use. To all the funder’s opportunities, if other organisations can give support during Covid-19….…then we can do it too!

We will be posting more future details soon especially Deaf Women’s Art goes online with Art Council England.

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Deaf-initely Women team work with BSL interpreter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deaf-initely Women team work with BSL interpreter.

 

Deaf-initely Women – we can adapt

Therefore, as we all know how extremely important for all deaf and hearing loss women in various communities to keep in constant touch for their well-being, healthy and staying safe by going digital and on-line especially during this Covid19 situation. That we are adaptable organisation with team that have range of excellent skills to a good use. To all the funder’s opportunities, if other organisations can give support during Covid19, then we can do it too!  √