Paula Garfield – A Career in the Performing Arts

Paula Garfield, best known for her role as Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, has been an actress for her entire career. Having taken part in several productions with hearing-led companies, she faced many barriers as a deaf actress. This presentation tells her story of how she set up Deafinitely Theatre with Kate Furby and Steven Webb, and her journey through education and working life to where she is today. Paula will also tell us of her triumphs and successes, as well as hardships, and explore what it means to be a Deaf professional in the world of performing arts.

To find out more about Deafinitely Theatre, please go to their website –


When? Monday 16th July

Where? Remark! Offices – 18 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SU

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Presentation starts at 7pm with a break for refreshments and networking at 8pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Entry is £5 at the door and includes free alcohol and food.

Please email to guarantee your place – limited availability!

How to get there? Nearest tube station is Chancery Lane. For directions, please look at the Remark! website for details –


Trade Unions and the Deaf Community – 25th January 2012

Trade Unions and the Deaf Community
A Presentation by Penny Beschizza

Penny entered her teaching career in her mid-30s after voluntary work with young Deaf people and starting a family. She will describe the British Trade Union Movement, with references to Deaf people as Trade Unionists in the last 30 years.
Penny will also discuss the Equality, and Disability conferences held at the Trade Union Congress.

There will be a Q & A session.

Penny would like Deaf professionals to share concerns and queries which she will pass on to the TUC. There is no clear distinction for Deaf people as a linguistic minority within the union, so this evening is an opportunity to start a dialogue with the TUC, with the hope of gaining recognition for Deaf professionals in the future.

When? Wednesday 25th January
Doors open 6.30pm
Presentation begins at 7pm

Where? Remark! Offices
18 Leather Lane

Five minutes walk from Farringdon and Barbican tube stations – click on the link for a Streetmap of the location:

Please note there will be a £5 entry charge. Refreshments will be provided.

Email to confirm your attendance please – a maximum of 50 people is allowed so reserve your place on the guest list before it gets full!

New DPN Committee Elected!

It is with great pleasure that we introduce the newly elected DPN committee. Please give them a warm welcome.

Chair: Breish Rowe

Vice Chair/Secretary: Paul Harrison

Treasurer: Ian Reynolds

Committee Members:

Lina Cankas

Abdi Gas

Kwame Afrik

Mark Nelson
Sarla Meisuria
The committee very much look forward to meeting everyone at future events. In the meantime, they will be familiarising themselves with their new roles, and making preparations for the next event. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and developments!
One thing we would like you to do for now is to please email so we can add you to our contacts and send you updates using that email address.Regards

Deaf Professionals Network


New BDA chief to give talk at next Deaf Professionals network event

New British Deaf Association (BDA) Chief Executive David Buxton will be speaking at the next Deaf Professionals Network (DPN) event on Wednesday 28th September, 6.30pm at Remark!’s new offices on Leather Lane. David’s talk will be followed by the DPN’s AGM.

Mr Buxton’s talk will look at campaigning, and Deaf people’s involvement in political and social issue consultations. This is especially topical in light of all the recent consultations that have taken place, with more planned, of which many will have a direct impact on Deaf people’s lives, for example video relay services and the Disability Living Allowance.

Mr Buxton will give a talk about campaigning and Deaf people’s involvement in political and social issue consultations as there have been a lot of government consultations recently with more to come, many of them directly impact on Deaf people lives such as video relay services and Disability Living Allowance.

How can we make sure the Deaf community give their views correctly to the government? The BDA has been working hard recently on these consultations, and would like to share their experiences, and offer advice on how others can get involved. There will be Q and A session with Mr Buxton, followed by a half hour networking opportunity.

The AGM will then sit, and elections will take place for for the new Chair and Treasurer will and new committee members are welcome.

The aim of DPN is to support Deaf professionals and individuals seeking to develop their careers or contacts, who live or work in or around London.

PLEASE NOTE – As there have been a good response – the event for Wednesday 28th Sept. is now full so no more bookings are accepted – with apologies – but thank you and we look forward to see you there at 6.30pm.

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A talk by BDA followed by AGM on 28th September

Hi everyone,

On Wednesday 28TH September at 6.30pm, there will be a new talk organised by Deaf Professional Network (DPN) with British  Deaf Association (BDA)’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Buxton followed by DPN’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 28th September 6.30pm onwards.

As there have been a lot of government consultations recently with more to come, many of them directly impact on deaf people lives such as Video Relay Service (VRS) and Disability Living Allowances (DLA), BDA will explain more about these changes.

So how can we make sure we give our views correctly to the government, how do we safeguard deaf people lives and be involved in the correct channels?

The BDA has been working hard recently in those consultations and they wish to share their experiences and explain how we can be involved.

There will be Questions and Answers (Q&A) session followed by half hour of networking – before we proceed with our AGM where we will start elections for the new chair and Treasurer. Also re-elect the Vice-chair/Hon.Secretary and other committee member (see nominations list by email).

Thank you to Remark! as they have kindly provided the venue with nibbles and drinks as this event will be free this time! It is held from 6.30pm ’till everyone leaves.

The address is 18, Leather Lane, EC1N 7SU

Please reply (RSVP) by ** Wednesday 21st September – 6pm** to: with new nominations for new committee – and then we will do vote on paper at AGM.

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With thanks,

DPN C’tt’ee
(Deaf Professional Network)

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Welcome to the Deaf Professionals Network!

Welcome to the Deaf Professionals Network!

Share. Learn. Inspire

Deaf people are becoming more successful in pursuing professional careers. However, there are gaps in networking opportunities which result from a lack of empowerment in the work place and communication barriers. This group provides an opportunity to network to share experiences.

The network is primarily for d/Deaf people professionals and individuals seeking to develop their careers who live in or around London.

This network can offer ideas and inspiration for finding that first step on the career ladder and benefit established professionals by providing the opportunity to share success stories, contacts and practical solutions to the challenges that face d/Deaf professionals.

Members can also join our Yahoo email group: by signing up on this link

DPN has a website:

You can find us tweeting away on Twitter at

We also have a blog, where we discuss issues and current events within the deaf professionals sector –

We aim to hold at least 3 talks a year with a bi-annual AGM. We also have a constitution. If you wish to have a copy, please email your request to

Please see the Future Events section for information about upcoming talks and events.

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