Walsall Deaf Community Services (known as Walsall Deaf People’s Centre) was established in 1946 and now exists as both a Charity and a Limited Company. Our aim is to provide services which help the deaf community in the Borough of Walsall, the Black Country and surrounding areas to live as normal and independent lives as possible and to achieve their ambitions. The charity maintains the Centre for social activities for the deaf community, along with other disability and community organisations, as well as helping to empower deaf and disabled people to organise their own activities.
The Charity also provides specialist training in Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language from NVQ Level 1 through to NVQ Level 6 Language Development and up to Level 6 Interpreting.
The Charity’s objectives are:
- to provide services which help the deaf community in the Borough of Walsall, the Black Country and surrounding areas to live as normal and independent lives as possible and to achieve their ambitions.
- to maintain a centre for social activities for the deaf community, other disability and community organisations, and to empower deaf and disabled people to organise their own activities.
- to teach British Sign Language and other skills which will assist the social inclusion of deaf people.
- to strive to find better ways to give deaf and disabled people a full role in society and to work with other organisations and societies to achieve that purpose.
- to provide advice and guidance, communication support, mentoring and other personal assistance to deaf and disabled people.
- to provide an interpreter service to deaf people.
- to raise awareness and lobby local government organisations to increase funding and resources to enable deaf people to feel fully included in society.
- to raise funds (but not by means of taxable trading).
- to make grants or loans of money and to give guarantees.
- to enter into contracts to provide services to or on behalf of other bodies.