Would you like to be part of an exciting new Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Programme in the summer of 2018?
If you are aged 18-30, Deaf, and consider British Sign Language to be your first or preferred language then we’d like to hear from you.
So, what’s involved?
This exciting project is based on our “Signed Voices” heritage project in the NW of England in 2016, which captured the Deaf Community’s memories, experiences and contemporary values; showcasing them now, and preserving them for future generations. Exploring our own and others’ heritage is a gateway to pride, respect and identity. Yet, most people do not know what “Deaf Heritage” means and are unaware that British Sign Language and the Sign Languages of other countries are complex languages with their own grammar and art forms. Deaf people who use BSL or other Sign Languages have their own cultural and linguistic heritage. However, they have fewer opportunities than other native language groups in the UK to consider heritage.
Signed Voices was an ‘oral history project’ with sign language at its core. It enabled members of the Deaf Community to share their heritage with a wider community and created a lasting legacy. Deafway worked with Deaf volunteers to film memories and contemporary thoughts, in short semi-structured interviews – conducted in sign language by pairs of Deaf people who decided their own interview topic. This culminated in a live celebration and reflection event.
This exchange will extend that original UK project, bringing together young Deaf people from the UK, Poland, Italy, Greece and Estonia to learn about the Deaf communities and cultures of each other’s countries. We will give you the opportunity to get to know each other and learn about the similarities and differences of growing up as a young Deaf person in different European countries. Training will be given in how to film and edit videos so that you can produce accessible videos the conversations you have together. Young Deaf people can then take these videos away to their own country to replicate the project there, whilst keeping in touch with other people to create and strengthen the network of young Deaf people across the EU.
The volunteer exchange will be taking place in Preston, England from 30thJuly – 14thAugust 2018. All travel and accommodation will be paid for. If you have an interest in film, media, Deaf heritage and culture this may be the opportunity for you.