Work in the Community

Deaf Unity grew out of community, and community remains at the heart of what we do. We recognise that thriving in society is about more than education and employment, it is about having a sense of self, a sense of community and having access to developments so that you can be an informed member of society.

We provide activities and opportunities for members of the community to come together, sometimes for the first time, and build relationships that exist outside of more focused projects.

  • Deaf Unity Café

Monthly, community-facilitated café that has been running for over a decade at the Royal Festival Hall café in London. We run this free-to-attend café on the second Friday of each month. If you would like to attend and support this activity, please let us know. You can join our Facebook group to stay up to date with the events.

  • Deaf Lives

Funded by the People’s Health Trust, this community-based project focuses on strengthening the deaf community in West London. Our steering group identifies topics of interest and concern to the community and brings in subject experts to speak directly to attendees.

  • Deaf Eyes

Funded by the TNL Community Fund, this project brings deaf people from different parts of London to contribute to an art and reminiscence project, using artistic techniques to record memories and reflections. This is building towards an exhibition to showcase the insightful and evocative work that has been created.

  • Deaf Communities

Funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), this provides our high-quality sign language teaching free-of-charge to two groups of people who most need it: families of deaf children and recent immigrants to the UK. This funding has allowed 10 immigrants and 15 parents of deaf children to access free BSL Level 1 courses that will result in a recognised Signature qualification. Alongside the language learning, communities are being built that will continue to support and nurture participants for the rest of their lives.