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


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.


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


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.



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!


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. Also the Harpur Trust who sponsored the awards covered us here.





Access Bedford have been nominated for a national award!  We were intervewed on BBC Radio (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p059x1gf  starts at 1.24:40 or read the transcript Radio interview 17.08.17 or watch a BSL version https://youtu.be/Nn3qgb3XZg8

Access Bedford are overwhelmed to have been nominated and shortlisted for the Community Spirit Award, having found out when the shortlisted organisations were announced on August 14th.

Catherine Wright, chair of Access Bedford said “as a Deaf person myself, and mum to a Deaf child, I am so proud that we have been shortlisted for this national award. It makes me so proud to think that we are showing Deaf people all over Bedford and now the UK how you can make a difference if you try hard and think about others.”

We won!!  Access Bedford WON the national Community Spirit Award in November at a glitzy event! You can read more about it and watch us collecting the award here.


We had press coverage with Action on Hearing Loss, Limping Chicken, British Deaf News and others!

Over 50 days, Nathalie Koenig one of the Access Bedford committee members did an exceptional challenge to walk 5km a day for 50 days to raise money for activities for Deaf children in Bedford through the National Deaf Children’s Society.  You can read about her challenge at her JustGiving pageJustGiving pageJustGiving page and the Bedford Times and Citizen. (choose archive edition 30.11.17). Well done Nathalie!

NK paper


More news involving Access Bedford with the BSL tour at The Higgins museum. Read the press release here ,see the tweet now or the Times & Citizen news article (select archive Feb 8th 2018). 

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We are very proud to have been nominated and shortlisted to be included in the Celebrating the Women of Bedfordshire exhibition at The Higgins museum in Bedford. The exhibition recognises women over the last 100 years who have been inspriational in education, the arts, science, politics and the community. Access Bedford has been recognised for its work with the Deaf Community and that it was founded by 4 local women in 2014 – Catherine, Suzie, Alison and Emma. It’s been getting lots of media attention locally too!

Read the about the exhibition in the Times and Citizen (archive edition 08.03.18) page 40 here , also the story in the Bedfordshire MidWeek on page 26 (archive edition 07.03.18) here and  in the Bedford Clanger March issue (page 3) here,  The Higgins press release here.


We were also featured in the Times and Citizen for supporting the BedPop Science labs with free sign support on March 10th – Read the about BedPop in the Times and Citizen (archive edition 08.03.18) page 32 here , 


Access Bedford have also become Parkrun Tourists! We headed off to Houghton Hall on March 17th and had a great reception – you can see their write up here.



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