AGM June 2015
Bromley Chain's AGM on 9th June was attended by committee, members and professionals.
Sarah Banks, Head of the Deaf Centre at Darrick Wood Senior School in Orpington, gave an illuminating talk on the signed and spoken counselling for 3 pupils, funded by the charity's Phyllis Mary Kither legacy for three terms. The one-to-one counselling had helped youngsters with strategies for dealing with anger and frustration, deaf identity issues, anxiety problems, uncertainty on major educational issues, isolation, friendship/relationship issues and communication problems. Using their very positive feedback and following the success of this pilot scheme it is hoped that formal funding will be secured to continue a service which has already proved its worth and could also be usefully expanded to benefit parents and siblings of deaf youngsters.
David Connolly, a Trustee of Deaf Access and a founder member of Bromley Chain, its parent charity, explained the proposed merger with DeafPLUS which would ensure the future of the Resource Centre in Bromley and hopefully lead to even more services being available for deaf and hard of hearing people, if required, in the future. He introduced the new deaf Manager, local man Leo Mansell, who offered his vision for the future, hoping to see the Deaf community return and prosper in Bromley.
Leo wants to know what D/deaf and hard of hearing people want and is already very impressed by the number of volunteers - "a very precious resource" - at the Centre.
Deaf octogenarian Sinclair Stayner, a pillar of the local Deaf Community for many years, was thanked for his 3 year period of chairing Bromley Chain and for all he has meant to so many people of all ages in the borough.