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EDS –Empowering Deaf Society

Offices at 2a Central Parade,
Ley Street,
Telephone: 02082154710


Who we are:

Empowering Deaf Society is a registered charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.

We are a deaf–led charity and have a strong and diverse team of deaf and hearing professionals who work closely together delivering a variety of services for Deaf people.

Our services are aimed at providing support through information and advice, workshops and events as well as Signature Accredited BSL Courses across Greater London. 

We also work with local community services and businesses to raise awareness about the Deaf community, focusing on social integration and improving communication and understanding between the two cultures of the deaf and hearing communities.

Importantly the charity also works with the deaf community to maintain and protect its language and culture. Through campaigns and working closely with many professional bodies in several sectors and training many of their staff in deaf awareness and BSL skills EDS strives to ensure that BSL is legally recognised as a language and is adopted onto the National Curriculum. We believe that in doing so the lives of many deaf people will improve, resulting in better access to education and services whilst also building better bridges between the deaf and hearing communities.

What we do:

EDS –Empowering Deaf Society provide support services such as:

  • advocacy services
  • information, advice and guidance
  • employment support
  • sign post and referral
  • sight translation support

We also run Signature Accrediterd BSL Courses:-

  • BSL  level 1-4
  • NVQ level 6
  • BSL tutorials 1:1
  • BSL in schools
  • Deaf awareness training for both communities and corporate businesses

 In addition we also run various workshops and events led by professionals in:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • public service information
  • everyday life skills
  • sports and leisure
  • trips
  • deaf club
  • children’s activities
  • cultural events

and many more...

Record Last Updated on: 03/07/2018

Local Offer


Most EDS –Empowering Deaf Society staff are trained in BSL 

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Offices open Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Events and clubs times and dates vary although some clubs are weekly
Check for latest information on events and clubs on our website and facebook page

Other Details


Most of our clubs and events are free but some do have a cost.
Specific information on our services, events and clubs is available on our website and facebook pages

Referral required?


What to do if you have a complaint

If you have feedback or wish to discuss a concern related to the service please contact Mangai Sutharsan


Phone : 0208 2154710

How to Get Here

There is no disabled parking available at the site.

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