What is Deaf-initely Women?

Deaf-initely women is a group of deaf women who give each other emotional resilience to cope within their working and family lives. We provide opportunities for deaf women to gain confidence in trying new experiences. We are all ages from 18 - 80 and have varying degrees of deafness and communication needs.


Wanted! A Ddeaf female consultant who is an experienced researcher and evaluator

Value of contract: up to £9,000 for up to 3 years ending 31.3.2021

Deaf-initely Women is seeking a Ddeaf female Consultant who is an experienced researcher and evaluator to evaluate the effectiveness and the impact of its project Deaf Women Matter!: Skills for Life project during 2018 - 2021.

The Consultant must preferably be bilingual - to be able to converse in British Sign Language and spoken English or make their own translation/interpretation arrangements funded via their own Access to Work package. The Consultant must have a firm understanding of the issues that comes with being Deaf, deafblind, deaf, deafened and hard of hearing along with their cultures, their languages and communication support they may use. We would like the Consultant to be innovative in the way they record and evaluate the impact of this project for example in written, visual, images and filming formats. The Consultant needs to give Ddeaf and deafblind women a platform to state their opinions, their aspirations, the difference the project has made, and to share their stories. The copyright of any publications produced will solely belong to Deaf-initely Women.

Deaf-initely Women is a charity who aims to reduce Ddeaf and deafblind women’s social isolation and to improve emotional and financial resilience. Through group work, classes, workshops, peer support, intensive 1:1 support, early and responsive intervention programme we will create a safe environment where women can build trusting relationships and begin to improve their emotional and financial resilience and regain control of their lives. Deaf-initely Women has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) to assist the organisation to be run by Ddeaf women, for Ddeaf women and be accountable to Ddeaf women in Derbyshire and beyond. We wish to contract a consultant for up to three years at £3000.00 per year subject to satisfactory work being achieved and maintaining trusting and confidential relationships with vulnerable Ddeaf women. The fees will include all associated costs, including travel and communication support.

Deaf-initely Women is run by Ddeaf women for Ddeaf and deafblind women and therefore it is an occupational requirement that the Consultant should be female who is also Ddeaf or deafblind. This is permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.National Lottery Funded logo

The tenders need to include a CV with references of past consultative work, a 4-paged proposal and where possible copies of previous work undertaken e.g. reports, filming, images etc.

The closing date is Thursday 16th August 2018, 3pm.

Tel No. 01246 274844 or by email to: linkscvs@btconnect.com

Text phone number: 07493 209255

Deafinitely Women Activities

Deaf Women Matter - Launch

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Box Room, The Quad, Derby

See our Events page for further information

PIP Success - New Case Law

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Assessors carrying out PIP interviews must now consider all potential safety risks that deaf young people may come across.
Earlier this year, Sue, one of our wonderful Appeals and Disputes advisers worked tirelessly on putting together the legal arguments for a deaf 18 year old’s PIP appeal that was heard at the Upper Tribunal.
One of Sue’s main arguments for the case was that the severity of harm that could occur when a person is carrying out an activity should be considered by PIP assessors. Previously, it was only the likelihood (50% or more) of harm that was considered. So for instance, it’s quite unlikely (less than 50%) that a fire alarm would be sounding when a deaf young person is taking a shower without their assistive hearing device. So PIP assessors would not record this risk. However, if a fire alarm was sounding when the person was in the shower, and they did not hear the alarm, the harm caused could be severe or fatal. It was our argument that this potential severe harm should be given due attention and recorded in PIP assessments.

We have now received confirmation from the Department for Work and Pensions that the case law has been accepted, written in to formal guidance, and all assessors will be trained on the new law.
This now means that PIP assessors should always consider the harm and risks that a deaf young person may face, under every one of the PIP questions. If the harm could be serious, they must consider this risk, even if it’s not very likely to happen.
We hope this will result in better PIP decisions, but we will continue to fight for every deaf young person claiming PIP.

Is there a cost to join?

Young Women in ConversationNo!   Deaf-initely Women is run by volunteers - by deaf women for deaf women. Many of the activities would have not been possible without the volunteers.

To join us or for more information contact us by email, phone or SMS.


  • Awards for All for funding this project
  • North Derbyshire Voluntary Action
  • North East Derbyshire District Council for printing of promotional literature
  • Alison Jones, Communication Unlimited, Derby for the BSL videos

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