Welcome to Deaf-initely Women

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.


Two Part-Time Vacancies

Hours: Part time 2.5 days per week
Contract: Fixed for 3 years.

Deaf-initely Women based in Derbyshire is recruiting for two part-time posts to deliver a 3 year project:
Deaf Women Matter!: Skills for Life.
The need for Deaf Women Matter! is to build Deaf Women’s emotional and financial resilience for life that was identified within 'Connecting Deaf Women across Derbyshire' initiative.

Deaf-initely Women is run by Ddeaf women for Ddeaf and deafblind women and therefore it is an occupational requirement that the post holder should be female who is also Ddeaf or deafblind. This is permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
These posts will be temporarily based at Hearing Help in Ripley.

Skills Training Co-ordinator – Part time 2.5 days per week.
Salary: £10,000 per annum. Fixed for 3 years.

The post holder will work in partnership with the Project Manager, the Office and Volunteers Administrator and the Committee to execute tasks so that the outcomes of the Deaf Women Matter! Project are delivered to Ddeaf women. She will be responsible for:

  • Recruiting, training and managing Ddeaf women who will work as volunteers and paid sessional workers.
  • Working with the Office and Volunteers Administrator to arrange sign language, lip reading, literacy and numeracy classes.

A training qualification and/or extensive experience of delivering community education is needed.

The closing date for application is on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 12:00 noon.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 17th May 2018 at Hearing Help in Ripley.

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Office and Volunteers Administrator – Part time 2.5 days per week.
Salary: £10,000 per annum. Fixed for 3 years.

The post holder will be responsible for the smooth running of the organisation and the co-ordination of office and financial operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organisational effectiveness, efficiency and service delivery. The post holder will also work in partnership with the Project Manager and the Skills Co-ordinator to execute tasks so that the outcomes of the Deaf Women Matter! Project are delivered to Ddeaf women. She will be responsible for:

  • Administer and process wages and invoices on a software package.
  • Have a working knowledge of creating and maintaining web based data storage including customer details, course bookings and volunteer information.

The closing date for application is on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 12:00 noon.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 17th May 2018 at Hearing Help in Ripley.


If you are interested in applying for these posts please contact:
Links CVS on 01246 274844 or by email to jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk stating which post you are applying for.

BSL interpreter and note taker will be available at the interview.
If you need additional support e.g. application form in a particular format (paper copy), please let us know.
Tel No. 01246 274844 or by email to jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk Text phone number: 07889726846


PIP Success - New Case Law

National Deaf Children's SocietyNational Deaf Children's Society

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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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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