Open Space CIC has recently joined the PSI Network and Tenfold. Here manager Edward Pollard introduces the organisation.

Openspace C.I.C. have recently converted into a Community Interest Company.  We have since joined Tenfold and the PSI network, we may have met some members at recent events but for those who we haven’t yet met; this seems like a good opportunity to introduce ourselves.

Openspace is a day centre with a difference.  All of our customers are Deaf and use sign language.  We offer structured days with activities that include cookery, discussion groups, art/craft and learning about the world around us.  We like to get out and about into the community too.  

Where we differ is in our approach to communication.  Communication underpins everything that we do so no matter what the activity, we will be signing and looking for opportunities to teach, develop and maintain the communication skills and confidence of our customers.  

To a lot of Deaf people, being deaf can mean isolation and loneliness.  Even in a crowded room, if you are unable to communicate little more than a ‘thumbs up’ gesture life can be frustrating and lonely. 

This is why we set up Openspace, to fill a space in the LD community, to create an inclusive space for people with hearing loss.  A space where deaf adults with learning disabilities can feel a valued part of a small community, just like everyone else.  

We are now looking to open up our service to non-verbal people who would benefit from using sign language to aid communication so if you know or work with people who would benefit from sign language communication please get in touch.

We welcome people Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 3:30 on either a half or full day basis and we open all year round (excluding bank holidays).  If you would like more information or to arrange a visit, contact our team on 0113 3876333 or e-mail [email protected]uk.