New deaf cafe proves successful

New deaf cafe proves successful

A Deaf Café was launched at the Compass Wellbeing Café in September of this year. This is a place where people of the Deaf community in Taunton and beyond, can meet and catch up with each other by using sign language in a welcoming environment.

The Deaf Café meet every third Wednesday of the month at 12pm – 4pm at the Compass Wellbeing Café on Belvedere Trading Estate in Taunton.  It is free to attend and is open to anyone who wants to come along and practice their sign language or to meet other members of the Deaf community in the area.

Justine Clayton, Activity Co-ordinator said, “I am delighted that the Deaf Café has become such a great success. We have people of all ages coming along, from people who want to sit and relax over a cuppa and a piece of cake and meet up with their friends, to those people that are learning sign language and want to practice at it.  Offering them a space where they can relax and catch up with others is what we wanted to create and lots of laughs and fun is had each month. “

Debbie Elliot, Deaf Club member said, “As a Deaf group we all enjoy the Deaf Cafe as a great place to come and chat and relax, it is very comfortable.  We all plan to visit regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the afternoon from 12-4pm and everyone is welcome, Deaf and hearing who want to learn some sign language.  The staff at Compass Wellbeing are very friendly and make communication easy.  We would recommend it to any local Deaf people.”

The Wellbeing Café is part of Compass Wellbeing, a new, accessible centre, tucked away on the Belvedere Trading Estate in Taunton, offering a range of fully inclusive activities, groups and social events including; hydrotherapy, a sensory playroom, toddler groups, groups for young disabled people and young carers aged 11-16, social groups for families, exercise and wellbeing activities, including yoga and mindfulness and so much more.

For more information on the Deaf Café please contact the team on 01823 4752520 or email

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