Our Ambassadors are very important to us. They help to promote SignHealth and the important work we do. We think they deserve to be thanked so we’ve dedicated an entire page just to them (in alphabetical order because we love them all equally).
Fletch is one of the UK’s leading Deaf SignSong Performers. She translates the lyrics of songs and performs them in sign language. This emotive and captivating performance gives Deaf people access to the songs, whilst hearing people have the chance to experience the song both audibly, but more intensely, in a visual and powerful way. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] “I am a huge supporter of SignHealth and their projects. I myself have battled with mental health issues for many years such as anxiety, depression, suicide attempts and self-harm, which I believe was mainly due to the daily communication barriers that I faced. I struggled not knowing how or where to get support in British Sign Language, as so few people around me signed. It was really tough. It’s important for Deaf people to know where to go to for help. SignHealth is aware of these barriers and the lack of access to Deaf support and that’s why their projects are so needed in the community.
“In November 2016 I became a direct recipient of their “Healthy Minds” project when I turned to SignHealth for help because my Daddy passed away unexpectedly. They provided much-needed counselling with a Deaf therapist which was amazing as I could talk directly to the therapist without the need to go through a third person (interpreter). They understood my culture and identity as a Deaf person which helps massively. This service was fantastic in helping me to cope and come to terms with my grief. I am, forever, thankful to them for this.”
Fletch is at the front of our sign2sing fundraising events. Not only has she written the sign lyrics and performed in our music videos, she has visited schools giving Sign2Sing tutorials, teaching sign language and deaf awareness education. If you’d like to know more about her work and or invite her to run tutorials visit her website. [/read]
Chasing Deer are creating a real buzz with their catchy and upbeat pop songs, through writing, performing and living music full-time in London. The band have covered the UK and Europe over the last three years showcasing their first two EPs ‘Rewriting History’ and ‘Moving On’ in over 800 performances, [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] including supporting festival slots for UB40, The Pigeon Detectives and Feeder. 2018 has seen sell-out shows at the prestigious Hard Rock Cafe London, The Royal Shakespeare RSC Theatre and The Royal Albert Hall.
Highlights of Summer 2018 have been performing at Pride in London 2018 in Trafalgar Square, being invited to play twice at The Houses Of Parliament and being flown out to Kenya to perform at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Kenyan Music Festival.
Chasing Deer’s major project for 2018 has been ‘Hands On’ – the release of an original single, released on the last Friday of every month of 2018. The premise of the ‘Hands On’ project has been to raise awareness for British Sign Language, through stunning artwork of a wide selection of hands portraying the title of each single release. This has been supported and advised by the British Deaf Association. To find out more about them click here. [/read]
I am the founder and Director of Rory’s Studio and as a Deaf British Sign Language user, I strive to illuminate Deaf Culture within mainstream forums. I began my professional career as an illustrator, working in collaboration with writer Julia Donaldson on her children’s book Gruffalo. In 2012, I was invited by the Paralympics to produce and direct Driving Inspiration, a live action short film that included representation from disabled children from across the UK. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
From 2014 – 2016, I began to research and develop Gothrella, a theatre production made for Deaf and hearing children and families. A strand of Rory’s Studio activity involves international exchange and production, recent commitments have formed collaborations with Greek Deaf Theatre in Athens and Japan Deaf Theatre in Tokyo. My present project is the research and development of the Ginger Bread Witch, which will tour the UK in 2019. For more about me visit www.rorystudio.com [/read]
I am a 36-year-old mother of two. I have been hard of hearing/deaf since I was three-years-old when I had an accident with a barbecue which fell onto my face and shoulder.
I have recently completed and qualified in BSL Level 1 and 2. I have started signing songs for the Deaf community and the hearing community in my area. I have my own song signing group that meets every other Thursday, where we have fun learning new signs and dancing to the music. I love music and I feel everybody – regardless of shape, colour, size, ability – should enjoy the pleasures that come through music.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] With my YouTube channel and my Facebook page, I believe many people hearing and deaf, are enjoying every part of music. My goal in life is to show everybody this beautiful language and to abolish the communication difficulties in our society. I truly believe that in the 21st century we should not have any communication barriers between deaf people and hearing people.
It would be an amazing achievement if we could all stand together and have this beautiful language taught in schools so that the next generation has it easier than last. [/read]
I’m Signkid. I’m the UK’s first and only deaf music producer, writer and performer to have pioneered and developed a unique aesthetic by integrating and adapting British Sign language (BSL) signing into a visually based language suited specifically for live hip-hop music performance. I have subsequently evolved this approach into music video production by simultaneously overlays a hearing rapper onto my distinctive BSL performance. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
I am part of the Deaf Rave collective and a featured member of the Midi Music Company CICAS artist development programme. “Signkid is leading the way for deaf artists worldwide. Beautiful lyricism and poetic delivery with movement and energy…One to watch”. (Midi Music web profile).
I released my first 7-track EP “Music Is The Message” in August 2017. This had been in development since November 2015, prompted by my first solo live performance as part of a Deaf Rave event at Fabric Nightclub. One of the videos for the EP – “Newsflash” (feat Mr Off Key) was nominated for Best Artistic Short Film by Deaffest 2017, the UK’s leading LADbible x Smirnoff documentary, BBC Breakfast News, Deaf-led film and arts festival.
The EP, music videos, and many live performances over the past two years, including Shuffle, Liberty, Amersham Arms, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Cinema 888, Deaf Rave, Wireless and the DH Ensemble’s “Freshly Scratched” event at BAC. BBC coverage and featured blogs “Hearing Like Me”, “PRS Magazine”, “LADbible, and “Limping Chicken” have helped build my fan base and public profile. You can hear examples of my work here and if you don’t hear the music, read full lyrics here.
I’m Tamara from “Tamara’s Signed Songs UK”. I ‘m a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), as well as having two older siblings who are profoundly deaf. I am the only person in my family that can hear. I’m proud to say that BSL was my first language, I have a deaf identity.
My older sister has suffered from a range of disabilities since birth. She is severely autistic, registered blind and resides at Poolemead in Bath. My late father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his late 40s which then progressed to dementia in his 50s. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Music was my escape to the hearing world. I started signing along to songs as a way to remember the lyrics. My sister would ask me to help her follow the lyrics and rhythm from her pop idols. Though profoundly deaf she managed to follow and enjoy the songs.
I’ve seen the struggles deaf people have to overcome first hand. Especially those that are deaf with additional disabilities. This is an area that is close to my heart. I feel that there isn’t enough awareness or assistance in that sector. Wanting to aid, I set up Harlow Deaf club with my Mum and Sister. Our aim is to help to provide the local deaf community with a meeting hub where people can regain their social skills, get information and help whilst catching up with old and new friends. This is where my main sign song events evolved from.
After my sister recorded me signing the song ‘Santa Claus is Coming To Town’ for the HDS kids Christmas party and published it on Facebook, it received 1000s of views and shares, and people started inboxing me with song requests. It made me aware that even today there is still nothing out there to help people with hearing difficulties to follow music. So that’s why I decided to set up my Facebook page and Youtube page.
I currently sign at local music festivals yearly and now that my face is out there in the deaf community, I also get several bookings up and down the country for weddings, parties and even funerals to sign songs so the deaf community can relate and join in and be involved in the emotions. [/read]
I’mWayne Barrow, I’m a performer of signed songs & founder of Wayne Barrow Academy, where we teach signed songs. I am a huge supporter of SignHealth because of all the fundamental work they do within the deaf community. I have a huge passion for mental health, and their BSL Healthy Minds is something I truly support. Mental health plays a huge part in everyone’s lives, and accessing mental health as a deaf person isn’t easy. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
SignHealth gives opportunities to those who are deaf/suffered hearing loss to be able to discuss their issues and get the support they need. It’s charities like SignHealth that need more recognition, and I wholeheartedly support their aims.
Check out Wayne’s website here. [/read]