Members of Parliament (MPs) showed their support for Deaf Awareness Week this week by attending HearFirst bite-sized training sessions to understand the impact of deafness on people in their constituency and improve communications skills.
Staff from a West Yorkshire children’s home are praising the impact Deaf awareness training has had on them being able to communicate with young Deaf people who live there.
Cinemas from across the country are committed to improving customer experiences for their customers who have disabilities after staff attended Deaf and disability awareness training.
A Lancashire-based council has invested in disability awareness training for staff and its Councillors to raise awareness of the importance of disability and improve customer service.
A group of delegates from five North West museums and galleries attended a one-day in-house interactive sensory awareness training course to improve the service that they deliver to their visitors with sensory disabilities. This training took participants out of the training room and into the exhibition spaces themselves. Read more
A manager who has recently been appointed to lead a three-year pilot project to train and support new Deaf Health Champion volunteers across the North West, has praised the HearFirst training that she received earlier in her career to help her secure her dream job. Read more
Find out more about our in house British Sign Language training courses
Thank you to all our customers, tutors and fans for your support and opportunities over the past 10 years.
We were delighted to welcome Jake Berry MP to help us celebrate on Friday 26th October. Read full story
On World Mental Health Day, HearFirst highlights training housing organisations could do to understand residents with mental illness.
A selection of front line members of staff from Casey attended the one day training course in British Sign Language (BSL). The Casey Group provides construction and refurbishment services to social landlords. The in-house course was organised by company bosses to improve communication between staff and residents who are deaf, deafened, deafblind or hard of hearing.
Construction firm invests in Deaf awareness training - 24dash.com
Casey invests in deaf awareness training - Housing Excellence
Casey invests in deaf awareness training - Construction News
Access to Work can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. It gives you and your employer advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs. Funding is available to help deaf employees and their colleagues work together and communicate effectively.
Read these news stories about how training has helped deaf employees in the work place.
HearFirst is an excited finalist for 2 prestigious awards. Winners to be announced autumn 2012.
2012 Enterprise Vision Awards
Training and Coaching Business of the Year.
2012 Digital Entrepreneur Award
Many thanks to all our clients, tutors and supporters.
Without you we wouldn't have a business!
Makaton improves communication for young family
This is a lovely example of how Makaton has helped Ele and her young family. The benefits have helped her to communicate with all of her sons at different stages of their development. Makaton training is worthwhile and valuable in all organisations where staff may come into contact with someone who uses it to communicate. Read more
Learn about Makaton training from HearFirst
HearFirst has developed a unique training course ideal for professionals to help them understand more about the impact of deafblindness, the barriers faced by people with dual sensory loss and the possible solutions to removing those barriers.
And learn more about deafblind awareness training for your workplace
Congratulations to Great Places Housing Group for their success in the Rochdale Diversity Awards. We always enjoy working with members of staff delivering our interactive equality and diversity and disability awareness training, we're delighted with the impact that it's made. They have deservedly won this award for investing in their staff but also recognising the benefits that this provides for their customers. It's a great achievement, well done.
And learn more about equality and diversity training for your workplace
21-27 May 2012
Hearfirst highlights the Hidden Truth about Mental Illness. Click on the logos to read the stories.
Learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training for your organisation
HearFirst helps Manchester Solutions Group bring their Equality and Diversity Policy to life
A new intranet resource which provides up to date, practical and useful information relating to equality & diversity has been launched. The information portal allows members of staff to learn, share and find solutions about all aspects of equality & diversity including legal information, useful training plans and practical tips to help members of staff in their day to day roles. Read more
HearFirst and Cravenwood Primary School attempt to break a World Record on 8th Feb 2012.
Read more . . .
BSL training helps residents make the right choice
HearFirst training helps Eastlands Homes achieve BSL qualifications and skills to help communication with Deaf residents. See full story
|BSL Training Helps Residents Make the Right Choice|
|BSL Training helps residents make the right choice|
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2011
HearFirst celebrates with disability awareness training for the Housing Sector across the UK
Click here to learn more about how we celebrated this day with Ashton Pioneer Homes in Greater Manchester and Yarlington Housing Group in Somerset
HearFirst helps Girl Guides succeed with their Communicator Badge
A group of girl guides from Bacup in Rossendale turned to sign language and learnt about deaf awareness as part of achieving their four-week communicator badge. Read more about this story here.
Having fun learning about deafness and communication with Woodcraft Folk
HearFirst volunteers at Woodcraft Folk to raise awareness of deafness and communication with children and young people.
Read how Salix Homes have been using their HearFirst training to help Deaf tenants.
Click on the logos to see the stories.
Congratulations to staff at:
Salix Homes – Level 2 BSL
Eastland Homes – Level 1 BSL
Arawak Walton Housing – Level 1 BSL
Salford University – Level 1 BSL
Also congratulations to our Level 2 ladies who studied at Cravenwood Primary School, Manchester
EURO-Rare Diabetes Project
HearFirst becomes a stakeholder in the EURO-Rare Diabetes Project. The project is a collaboration of doctors, scientists and patient support groups from all over Europe. The aim is for this register to be a key instrument to increase knowledge on these rare diseases and develop clinical research.
HearFirst was invited by one of the partner organisations of the project 'Alstrom Syndrome UK' and will advise and input on training issues around Disability Equality and Awareness.
For more information www.euro-rare-diabetes.org
Signature, the charity that champions excellence in communication with deaf people, has announced the shortlists for its Signature Annual Awards scheme.
The awards are designed to recognise and reward those who have made, in their own way, a significant contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access.
Teacher of the Year has attracted record nominations for strong candidates who have inspired colleagues and students alike with their commitment. The regional winners will be announced on June 2 and will then progress to the national awards night which takes place in London on November 12.
Signature Chief Executive, Jim Edwards, said: "These individuals are truly remarkable and have clearly made a huge impression on the people who nominated them. It will be hard to pick our winners as they all deserve so much credit."