MK Deafzone

MK Deaf Zone

Milton Keynes Deaf Zone (MKDZ) formed in July 2015 and officially launched

in January 2016. The aim of the collective is to promote independence, health

and well-being and encourage participation in the wider community. MK Deaf

Zone supports sign language users (including those who have cochlear

implants) and welcomes anyone across the range of hearing loss as well as

family members.

Deaf zone groups:

*Deaf Zone groups are not currently running due to risks posed by Covid 19*

MK Deaf Zone is a volunteer-led group that offers a range of activities

including badminton and a craft club. There is also a monthly afternoon

session at John Lewis community room. Wednesday afternoon sessions are

particularly important for older members who catch up on news and find out

important information. The sessions are also a great way for older sign

language users to continue Deaf Culture.

Deaf Culture is kept alive through activities and the use of British Sign

Language (BSL) as the main method of communication. Many volunteers and

group attendees are bi-lingual so use BSL and English. However, most

attendees use BSL to access information and are therefore native sign

language users.

Around 15 volunteers run MKDZ to support the wider Deaf Community. Most

of the group’s activities are aimed at adults, although there are family events

during the summer such as the Deaf Picnic.

Group activities:

Volunteers support or run other activities such as the meet up at

Wetherspoons pub, Deaf football, Deafastronomy and Deaf walks. Many of

our BSL Learners attend these events to practise their BSL skills.

From time to time, the volunteers organise days out. To date, days out have

included Ladies Day at Ascot, Kensington Palace to see Princess Diana’s

dresses and more recently, a tour around Bletchley Park.

Group volunteers have also enjoyed educational activities such as a First Aid

course and a Diabetes presentation.

MK Deaf Zone volunteers encourage other sign language users to get

involved in activities. The volunteers are keen to see others become part of

the local Deaf Community.

Meeting information:

If you would like to know more, details of events and meetings can be found

on the group’s Facebook page.