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“Wrong Trousers” shown with subtitles and signed by Clive Mason, See Hear TV Presenter/Interpreter


Animated Adventure for the Deaf Community! Action Deafness, Talking with Hands and Leicester City Council worked in partnership to provide an Aardman animated adventure for the deaf community! The events were held on the 4th and 11th of October at New Walk Museum and featured a tour of the museum in both English and BSL and a chance to see some of the original models from the Wallace & Gromit films as well as learn how the films were made.

More than 50 people and children attended the first event, of the organisers. After the tour, guests were invited into the Art Gallery to watch Wallace & Gromit films such as “The Wrong Trousers”, “A Close Shave” and “Cracking Contraptions” subtitled and signed by See Hear presenter Clive Mason! There was also the opportunity to win a balloon ride! In conjunction with this event, there will also be a two-day animation workshop in November, where deaf and hard of hearing children and young people will have the opportunity to create

their own animations. For any children who wish to attend the workshop, please contact Lauren Francis at Action Deafness to reserve a place. BOOK NOW as spaces are limited! Tel: 0116 2574800 Text: 0116 2574850 Fax: 0116 2574856 Email:

Lord Mayor to Attend Deaf Bollywood Hanisha, a deaf young Asian from Leicester, has organised a ‘Deaf Bollywood’ fund-raiser event with Action Deafness. The event is held on 17th Oct and is the first of its kind for the deaf Asian community in Leicester, to celebrate for Diwali. Hanisha commented “I wanted to set up for asian community for my culture and for religious deaf people who want to deaf event in leicester. I want to give to charity from half of fund raiser because i love helping to poor children and other charity as well and i support for this.” The Lord Mayor Manjula Sood will be coming along to lend her support to Hanisha. There will be a Dance Nupur Arts for Adults and children, Fashion Show for Asian clothings, Vegetarian Food / Drink (include Bar), Henna, nails, clothing and more.

A deaf student learning to use a computer at BBC Radio Leicester

Special Olympics Leicester 2009 Needs You! Hands up to volunteer! Be part of something special!

Action Skills Course for Deaf People This course is held every Friday for two hours at BBC Radio in Leicester. There are currently 8 students, all wishing to improve their keyskills. Jackie, who is the freelance I.T. tutor being employed by Action Deafness for this course, said “This has been so far a very challenging yet rewarding role in teaching these deaf adults from all walks of life." Anyone who wish to know more, please contact or SMS 07817261891

The search is on for more than 1,500 volunteers to help run Special Olympics in the city next year! The 8th Special Olympics GB National Summer Games will be hosted by Leicester from 25th-31st July 2009. You can find out more by going to the website where you can find out all about the Games and can complete an application form to be a volunteer. You can also collect a form by calling in at Voluntary Action Leicester, 9 Newarke Street, LE1 5SN, from 9am – 4pm on Monday – Friday. Or you can telephone to request an application form on 0116 2574985.

Britian 's Missing Top Model Teaches Leicester to Make Up!

Community Media Course in the City Three enthusiastic deaf people have been attending this new course in 'Community Media', run by Citizens Eye's John Coster. The course was set up to offer the opportunity for anyone to learn new skills and to be more actively involved in producing community journalism within their area of interest, and to be able to tell their story to a wide audience through good quality, clear reports, newsletters and articles. So keep your eye out for these budding deaf journalists in the future editions of DZ!

Kelly Moody, a deaf young lady from Leicester, offered to show deaf women how to put on their make up last 10th Sept. She has 2 years experience working for MAC Make-Up. Her demonstration covered choosing correct make up, how to apply make up properly, & how to look your skin. Everyone commented how professional Kelly was, and was pleased with several tips she has given out. She will be helping with AD’s Fashion Show on 20th Nov at Leicester Tigers.

DZ was lucky to grab a minute of Kelly’s time during her busy schedule to ask few questions! You can read them on

Police SMS Text message access for deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired people 07624 818 901 Leicestershire Constabulary has introduced a text message service for members of the community who cannot use a voice telephone. People who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired now have the option to contact the police to report an incident using a text messaging service via their mobile phone. The service should be used when there is no other way to contact the police or other emergency service. While the Control Room is staffed round-the-clock, 365 days a year, Leicestershire Constabulary cannot be held responsible for delays in receiving messages. You will ONLY know your message has been received when you get a reply. When contacting Leicestershire Constabulary please remember to state: What? What is the problem or incident? Where? Give details of the location i.e. house number/landmark, the road name and town. Who? Your name Which? Do you need just the police or do you need the ambulance / fire and rescue also. Leicestershire Constabulary operates a Graded Response Policy. Response times can vary from within 15 minutes for life and death situations, to scheduled appointment times when appropriate. The SMS is ONLY for people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. If you abuse this emergency text service, you may be prosecuted.

The Listening Bus NDCS and Leicester Deaf Children Society Leicester Deaf Children Society (LDCS) are organising a Family Fun Day on Sat 15th Nov from 10am to 4pm at Action Deafness with The Listening Bus making an appearance at 10.30am-3.30pm. LDCS hopes that the day will generate a good attendance, as there will be stalls, bric and brac, face painting and raffles with all local groups being involved. Glenda (LDCS) says:- “We are also asking for donations for the stalls e.g. books, toys , household items in good condition. We want this event to well attended and supported by all the local groups.” Come along to support this event. If you wish to donate please email Conversation Club - a chance for Deaf and hearing people to meet over a coffee and chat! In a relaxed and bright environment – the BBC Radio Leicester Open Centre/Café. Meet other Deaf people, bring friends and children. This group is open to anyone who can sign or is learning to use British Sign Language. If you have issues you want to talk about – or things you want to share then this is for you! If you are interested in being part of this new venture contact Sarah Vann at Action Deafness email or text 07817261891

River of Silk & Highcross Launch The Leicester Comedy Festival organised this event to celebrate the opening of the Highcross Leicester. Different community groups were

contacted to be a part of this historical moment. Community members were invited to a workshop on how to work together in groups to be able to dance with a huge sheet of silk. Members spent an exhausting two hours working in groups of 24 in advance of the parade. On the day itself, children were allowed time off from school to take part in the parade. Despite the wet and cold weather, the community groups loved the opportunity to dress up, make up, and be part of the very long parade through Leicester and the High Cross Shopping Centre official opening. It was definitely a day to be remembered for those involved.

Highcross Launch After waiting that feels like forever, I was gobsmacked not to see any sign language interpreter present at the Launch of Highcross Leicester last 4th Sept. Perhaps I should have contacted the HC organisers in advance, but it is a PUBLIC event and the council SHOULD provide one no matter what! And there I was freezing, waiting outside, trying to follow the speakers on the stage, pondering what’s going on - while everyone else has already gone into the warmth of

Highcross! Charming. I could not bend my poor fingers for the frostbite, to poke the keys on my mobile to send a VERY short text (which goes something like this: WHR R U IM BLDY FRZN) Thank goodness for the technology of mobile phones, I quickly found my (warm!!) friends and we scouted all the designers shops (just to get free glasses of champagne! Well…I’d do anything to get the bloods going in my poor frozen fingers!) After enjoying some entertainment on the sidewalks we wanted to sample one of the restaurants, the

Spanish Canas y Tapas. We were shown a table, ordered wine & lunch and waited… and waited… and waited. The service was rather sorry, slow and the manager apologised few times for the delay due to busy time with loads of customers. We were even more unimpressed when the food finally arrived, as I know my 10 year-old daughter could do a far better job than they did with my lunch. But hey, let’s not be so hasty. I m willing to give that restaurant another chance; just hope they’ll have improved their service by next time I go there again....

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Grumpy Old Deaf Wot No Textphone??

Report by a Deaf A.N.Other I recently discovered that the amazing wonderful 'state-of-art' £61 million pound CURVE theatre DO NOT has a textphone ... I expressed concern in how can we deaf people call their box office to order tickets for the new theatre's signed or captioned performances. The Access Coordinator at CURVE stated that "we are very sorry we do not have textphone" and suggested everyone to come in on their launch day on 1st Nov to order tickets in person. So why not go along to their launch, have a nose round, and try 'talk' to their staff when you are booking your tickets and perhaps nicely 'ask' for a textphone, fax machine or a carrier pigeon to be installed to improve our access to book any future theatre tickets....??!! You can also order tickets online by visiting

Typetalk Yes yes yes… I know people could use Typetalk/TextDirect to book any theatre tickets, BUT these calls are ONLY free if you are with BT! Some of us (including me) have a different telephone operators, who are SO greedy that they slap £1 ON TOP of every TextDirect call we make! RNID Typetalk says:- "Other telephone service providers may offer a different rebate or discount scheme or even none at all. We strongly recommend that you speak to your telephone service provider about their charges for textphone calls before signing up." So if you’re thinking of changing phone operators, you’ve been warned. For more information check their website

whats on in leicester oct nov



17th - Deaf Bollywood Evening 7.30 – 11.00pm 22th - Pre-AGM & Police Meeting 6.30pm @ Action Deafness 31st - Halloween Disco at Deaf Social Club @ Action Deafness

1st - Opening of the CURVE Theatre Abbey Park Bonfire & Fireworks 1st - Word on the Street Humberstone Gate 11am - 2pm 5th - Humberstone Park Bonfire 6th - AGM 6.30pm @ Action Deafness 7th - Leicester Deaf Pub 7.30pm @ Counting House Pub 7th - Braunstone Park Bonfire 7th to 9th - Leicester International Short Film Festival Phoenix Arts 15th - NDCS Listening Bus & LDCS Fayre @ Action Deafness 10am - 4pm 20th - Fashion Show & Xmas Fayre at Leicester Tigers 6.30pm & 8.45pm 23rd - Christmas Light Switch On Town Hall Square

6th - Leicester Deaf Pub @ The Highcross Pub 11th - 'Joseph' - Signed Performance 2.30pm @ De Monfort Hall 18th - 'Joseph' - Signed Performance 7.30pm @ De Monfort Hall 20th - Christian Fellowship 12noon - 2pm Town Hall Square

2nd - Leicester Deaf Pub @ Counting House 7th – Aladdin Christmas Pantomime 1.30pm & 7pm @ Loughborough Town Hall 9th - 'Evita' - Signed Performance 7.30pm @ De Monfort Hall 10th - 'Evita' - Signed Performance 2.30pm @ De Monfort Hall 17th - 'Simply Cinderella - A Musical’ Stagetext 2.15pm @ CURVE 22nd - 'Simply Cinderella - A Musical’ Signed Performance 7.30pm @ CURVE 24th - Deaf Parents with Hearing Children, Hearing Parents with Deaf Children Open Forum with Leic City Council

No Smoking Helpline Since the last edition, DZ has found out that there is a Textphone number to help minicom users/deaf people to stop smoking. The NHS Smoking Helpline for Textphone is: 0800 169 0171. Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

“For real people, by real people” – a Fashion Show and Christmas Gift Fayre To be held at the Leicester Tigers, Welford Rd on Thurs Nov 20th 2008. This will include models from both the hearing & D/deaf & hard of hearing communities. We are looking for men, women & kids of all ages & sizes to take part! If you would like to get involved, please contact Louise Miller at Action Deafness, 135 Welford Road, Leicester LE2 6BE. Tel 0116 257 4815 SMS 07817264831

Diwali Day takes place on Tuesday 28th October. There will be entertainment on Cossington Street Recreation Ground, including a cultural programme on stage starting at 6.45pm and concluding with a spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm. Diwali, also called Deepavali, is a major Indian festival that is observed by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. Known as the ‘Festival of Light’, Diwali symbolises victory of good over evil with lamps lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. There are many interpretations of the festival's stories and characters, the two main ones being Laksmi, Goddess of wealth and Lord Rama, crowned following his return from exile.

Exciting Prospects for the Future of deafZINE! We are building up our editorial team at deafZINE… because it is getting bigger and bigger… so if you are enthusiastic and willing to become a reporter for the team, please get in touch with us for more details!

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