Mission and Aims

Hands-on involvement with the Deaf community

Zebra Access is a registered charity dedicated to ensuring that all Deaf people, both adults and children, enjoy equal participation and access without communication barriers.

Zebra Access is a Deaf led charity that aims to develop opportunities for Deaf people to have better chances in life by providing access to a range of activities. These include, training and workshops to improve life skills through provision of support, education and advice. Zebra Access also aims to promote and advocate healthier lifestyles by raising and improving awareness of available activities and other health choices.

Alongside this, it aims to raise awareness and improve accessibility to technology, services and facilities. Zebra Access supports and promotes a strong community ethos by encouraging Deaf people to become more active within their communities and to work together to tackle common problems, as well as advocate a wider social cohesion. Additionally, Zebra Access also leads and manages a bi-annual Film and Arts festival, which allows Deaf performers, communities and film directors to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

Aims

Zebra Access aims to ensure that Deaf people are given the opportunity to live full and enriched lives by developing independence and building confidence by:

  • Providing Deaf and Hard of Hearing role models for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to achieve their aspirations
  • Understanding oppression and offer solutions to overcome them
  • Assisting Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to break down social and communication barriers
  • Enabling Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to have self belief and confidence
  • Opening doors for further education and employment
  • Working in partnership with those that share our vision

Services

Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to Lottery's Community Fund. Services includes Employment Servuces, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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