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Time to celebrate!

SignHealth are very excited to be supporting the launch of 999 BSL, the UK’s first emergency Video Relay Service.

We have supported Deaf organisations across the UK to throw parties on 17th June to celebrate the launch – and you are invited! Find your nearest event below and scroll down for details.

Find your nearest celebration

City Organisation Date/Time Address RSVP
Belfast British Deaf Association (Northern Ireland) 17 June 18:30 Clayton Hotel Belfast, 22-26 Ormeau Ave, Belfast BT2 8HS Please email naomi.fujitani@bda.org.uk
Belper Deaf-initelyWomen 13 July 11:00–14:30 Mansfield Old meeting House, Old Meeting House Yard NG18 1QR TBC
Birmingham BID Services 17 June Throughout the day Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham B16 8SZ Contact reception@bid.org.uk for more information
Brighton Deaf COG CIC 17 June 12:00 – 14:00 Quakers Brighton Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF Eventbrite
Bristol Centre for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People 17 June 12:00 – 15:00 Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED Please email office@cfd.org.uk
Chester Deafness Support Network 17 June 19:00 South View Road Chester CH1 4JG Please email greeder@dsnonline.co.uk
Fetcham Sight for Surrey 17 June 11:00 – 14:00 Rentwood School Lane KT22 9JX Eventbrite
Leeds Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind 17 June 19:00 – 22:00 The Centre, St Mary’s Street, Leeds LS9 7DP Please email alison.miller@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk
Lincolnshire BID Services 17 June 10:00 – 12:00 Lincolnshire Sensory Services, Wellingore Hall, Hall Street, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, LN5 0HX Please email jessica.hinson@bid.org.uk
Liverpool Merseyside Society for Deaf People 17 June 18:30 – 22:00 MSDP Head Office Queens Drive Retail Park West Derby Liverpool L13 0DJ Please email reception@msdp.org.uk
Macclesfield Deafness Support Network 17 June 19:00 27 Bridge St, Macclesfield SK11 6EG Please email greeder@dsnonline.co.uk
North London British Deaf Association 17 June 11:00 – 13:00 St Johns Deaf Community Centre 258 Green Lanes London N4 2HE Eventbrite
North London The Jewish Deaf Association 21 June From 10:00 Julius Newman House, Woodside Park Road, London N12 8RP Please email olimpia@jdeaf.org.uk
Northwich Deafness Support Network 17 June 19:00 144 London Road Northwich CW9 5HH Please email greeder@dsnonline.co.uk
Nottingham Nottinghamshire Deaf Society 17 June 13:00 – 15:00 Nottingham Police Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Notts NG5 8PP Please email nds@nottsdeaf.org.uk
Oxford Action Deafness 17 June 10:30 – 12:00 VENUE CHANGE: NOA Community Centre in Summertown Oxford Please email paulntulila@actiondeafness.org.uk
Peterborough Cambridgeshire Deaf Association 17 June 18:00 – 21:00 Weston Homes Stadium London Rd, Peterborough PE2 8AL Please email andrew@cambsdeaf.org
East London DeafPLUS 17 June 12:00 – 16:00 Shadwell Fire Station 290 Cable StreetLondon E1 0BX Internal event
Walsall Action Deafness 17 June 10:30 – 12:00 The Crossing at St Pauls, Darwall St, Walsall WS1 1DA Please email paulntulila@actiondeafness.org.uk
Warrington Deafness Support Network TBC 11-13 Wilson Patten St, Warrington WA1 1PG Please email greeder@dsnonline.co.uk
Worcester Action Deafness 17 June 10:30 – 12:00 Vesta Tilley House, Lowesmoor, Worcester WR1 2RS Please email paulntulila@actiondeafness.org.uk


Who are the parties for?

Everyone! However, each organisation will have their own guidelines about how to register, so please check the table above to see how to RSVP/contact the organisation whose party you wish to attend.

What is 999 BSL?

The 999 BSL emergency Video Relay Service (VRS) will allow Deaf BSL users to communicate clearly and effectively with non-BSL users and will allow instructions from the emergency services to be more easily understood by BSL users. It will involve a Deaf BSL user signing via a video link to a remote interpreter who is based in a location such as a call centre using a connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or PC. The interpreter will translate what is signed to the hearing person (in this case, the emergency services) and sign the responses from the emergency services back to the Deaf BSL user.

Why isn’t there a celebration in my city?

999 BSL will be available for all of the UK, but SignHealth has only been able to find event partners to celebrate its launch in the locations listed above. We will update the table if new events are added.