L-R: Sindy (Chair), Dawn Butler, Nicola (Vice Chair)
Harrow & Brent United Deaf Club (HBUDC) had a fantastic evening on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
There was a large turnout at the Club as Dawn Butler (Labour Parliamentary candidate for Brent) visited us and meeting our Deaf residents. Dawn who use BSL gave us an insight of her personal journey of how she became involved in BSL and joining us to fight for our right to have BSL as a legal status. Dawn was known as the first MP to ask a question in BSL to the Minister at the House of Parliament, requesting for the BSL to be given a legal status same as Welsh and other UK languages.
Dawn was pleased to meet and getting to know our residents. She also presented our Committee Members with certificates for completing the Safeguarding course.
Richard D Frances doing a poetry
L-R: Dawn Butler MP presented Richard with a certificate
Dawn found the presentation from Richard D Frances about his personal journey, experiencing mental health and the difficulty in accessing to support that he desperately needs. Richard launched his new book ‘A Tale of these Contemptible suicides’, a personal journey into psychiatric hospitals at the age of 23 and the challenges he faced along the way, it took 23 years before he found the right treatment on the Bluebell Ward at the National Deaf Services. Richard also shared some poetry about his experiences.
Richard dedicated his presentation to Herbert Klein, one of the first Deaf professional in National Deaf Services (Specialist Mental Health services for Deaf people) who saved his life and was one of the first Deaf professionals to work with him and supported him in his recovery.
Asif Iqbal MBE present Dawn Butler MP with a certificate
Herbert Klein of National Deaf Services gave a Deaf Mental Health Awareness workshop, interactive with our audiences, finding out what is mental health, how it happen and why it is so important for us to find way to relax and relieve stress, looking after ourselves are crucial for our mental health.
The evening ended with our members asking our speakers questions and sharing information before having some group photos with Dawn Butler.