2014

Richard Fuller MP holds a vote night for the Deaf Community Oct 14 – view the story here

Access Bedford Deaf Day November 2014 had chief executives from Health, Housing, Police, Fire, Council, Hospital and 45 Deaf community members talking about barriers, issues and ideas

Deaf Day News 14

2015

Meet the Candidates April 2015 brought together the MP and Mayor Candidates in one place for questions from the Deaf community. The only event like this in the country!

MTC News April 15

Police BSL April 2015  teaching the Chief Inspector Jane Aspin and PCSOs level 1 sign language to help communication

Police BSL April 2015

Healthwatch Bedford Borough Annual Review 14/15 – check us out on page 29 as one of their case studies of the year! Click here for the Annual Review

Bedford Hospital Annual Review 14/15 – our deafhelp email is on page 4 of the Hospital’s annual review

SLFirst featured Access Bedford’s Emergency Services Day June 15 and the Pedius App – view the story here

Bedford Sign Cafe launches with La Piazza and Access Bedford Aug 15 – view the story here

GP appointment interpreter support Aug 15 – view the story here

Charity of the Month Sept 15 – view the story here in Community Life Magazine!

Community Life Magazine

The Tribe film – see it in Bedford on 12 September as part of the Bedford Film Festival! The Tribe has no words or subtitles, very visual in Ukrainian Sign Language, more details here.

2016

In March we teamed up with BedPop to do a Science Choir including the periodic table in BSL!

Police Crime Commissioner Candidates were quizzed by the Deaf community supported by Access Bedford in May 2016 see the story here

Healthwatch Bedford Borough featured our great partnership work in their 15/16 Annual Report

Our Mental Health Conference in Oct 2016 was featured in a number of places including the Times and Citizen, Beds on Sunday (below from 06.10.16), Action on Hearing Loss plus lots of twitter coverage from various organisations that you can see on our Storify

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We were nominated for our first award in 2016 which was a great achievement even though we didn’t win! You can read more in the Beds on Sunday Oct 16th Issue.

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2017

Word is out about Richard Fuller MP’s Bedford Community Business School being full accessible to the BSL community.

AB First Give

We were very excited when Limping Chicken shared information about our Deaf Day 🙂

On May 30th, the East England Ambulance service ran first aid training for Access Bedford members and featured the story in their top news – read here for more information – Bedford Times and Citizen also featured the story!

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In June 2017 we were amazed to be nominated for the Bedfordshire on Sunday Local Heroes 2017 Awards where we were put forward for the Community Enterprise Award.

On July 6th we attended the Awards and were shocked to that we WON!  The judging panel decided that Access Bedford had really supported the community and wanted to recognise our hard work. We are still in shock!! You can read more at the Beds on Sunday.

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