Access Ambassadors enabling inclusion for Milton Keynes Deaf Community
Did you know that Access Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation?
Your course fees help us support our local Deaf Community groups. We have a significant number of deaf people of all ages who are native sign language users. At the last count, we had over 5,000 BSL users within a 50-mile radius of Milton Keynes.
With your course fees, we can provide communication support to individual BSL users. The range of support includes providing interpreting support, translating letters (English to BSL), signposting to services (e.g. the Citizens Advice Bureau) and benefit enquiries.
We also do more focussed activities by running grant-funded programmes such as employability courses. To date, we have put an additional £200,000 into the local economy by supporting over 30 profoundly deaf people into work.
Here is Access Ambassador’s timeline:
2014 Access Ambassadors CIC created
2015 BSL Courses start and we help MK Deaf Zone set up sessions.
2016 We attend our first MK Job Show to support deaf Jobseekers
2017 We set up our first ESF funded employment project. We supported 17 people into work. We have an 87% success rate (in comparison to the standard 18% of national organisations).
2018 We set up our second employment project. We succeed in supporting 8 job seekers into full-time employment.
2019 We support the first MK Pride! And we run a series of Deaf Awareness sessions for third sector organisations
2020 Our BSL classes go online instead of in a classroom due to Covid 19
2021 We create a new MK Deaf Zone website fully accessible to native Sign Language users. We attend MK Job Show and MK Pride. We partner with Access Bedford to create projects that will provide more holistic support to native BSL users.