Opening And Closing Times

Monday 9:30am - 4;00pm

Tuesday 9:30am - 4:00pm

Wednesday 9:30am - 8:00pm

Thursday 9:30am - 4:00pm

Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm

Social Event Times

Tinnitus group every 3rd Monday of the month
1:00pm - 3:00pm.

Ladies craft group every 2nd Wednesday
12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Weekly social every Wednesday
12:00pm - 3:00pm.

Weekly social every Wednesday
6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Monthly social on a Saturday every month.

Starting a hearing aid user social group in September 2017. Hot foods, games, and speakers

Weekly Social (12:00pm - 8:00pm)

  • Refreshments
  • Tuckshop
  • Play games:
    • Pool
    • Darts
    • Dominoes
    • Cards
  • Mix with other BSL users
  • Speakers coming in
  • Specialist equipment
  • Subtitle TV with a loop system and DVD player
  • Practice on computers in the IT suite with 9 computers
  • Basic training
  • Birthday parties
  • Hot food will be served

Education Assistance Recreation

  • Accredited British Sign Language classes: Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Deaf Awareness Training
  • B.T "Try Before You Buy" Service/Equipment
  • Battery Exchange/Re-tubing
  • Hobbies and Craft Group
  • Independent Advocacy Service
  • Signposting/Information
  • Lip-reading Class
  • Help with hearing aids
  • Tinnitus Support
  • Social Afternoon/Evening/Weekends
  • Free Internet Access I.T. basic skills

Education

We offer a range of Sign Language courses through our accredited provider. These courses vary in cost and times. Please contact the center for more details.

Assistance

Specialist Equipment
We provide free battery exchange and re-tubing. We offer one-to-one support to people who wear hearing aids. We can demonstrate equipment such as flashing doorbells, smoke alarms, and vibrating alarm clocks. We provide a "Try Before You Buy Service". We also cover for Bury and Rochdale exchange and re-tubing.

You can try our products at home and if you're happy with it. We can help you get it possibly VAT free.

Recreation

Deaf & Hearing Impaired people often experience loneliness and isolation.
Communic8te Bury provides many different weekly social activities.
Come along and join us.

Fundraising

You can help us by:

  • Nominating us as your chosen charity
  • Hold an event for us
  • Volunteer as a can collector
  • Volunteer at our stall events
  • Donate to us

For further details please email us at enquires@communic8tebury.co.uk

Communic8te Bury is a local charity that supports people who are deaf, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.

Who we are and what we do

Communic8te Bury. Is a charity for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Today our members enjoy a variety of social, educational and life skills training services at our club. It is our sincere wish that the services we provide our members will not only enrich their lives but allow greater integration between the deaf and hearing impaired communities and the community at large.

Work with us

We have a volunteer recruitment procedure (please see relevant documents in the office) Volunteers are recruited through advertising, DO-IT and through REACH a volunteer recruitment organization. There are role descriptions and hours required.

All volunteers undertake an annual appraisal with the volunteer fundraising officer. Volunteers meet monthly with the manager and the club chair to review work done and to set the weekly tasks and agenda to be completed. Supervision is undertaken by the volunteer fundraising officer who is working alongside the volunteers.

History of Communic8te Bury

Communic8te Bury started from humble beginnings in 1932 when a group of individuals and £100 started a small organization to serve the needs of the deaf in Bury. In the early days of the Charity, the members worked energetically to grow the organisation.

However, the society owes its presence and success to its first Treasurer Mrs. Ada Wallwork. During WWII the organisation lost the room it operated from to the Army who required the space. The organisation decided to relocate and took up permanent residence at its current site on Tenterden Street in 1948. Since that date, Communic8te Bury has been providing services and activities to both benefit and enhance the lives of its members.

Tenterden Street Resource Centre Today our society is run by a very small number of paid personnel and in excess of 7 trustees and about 24 volunteers. Our members enjoy a variety of social, educational and life skills training services from our Society. It is our sincere hope that the services we provide our members will not only enrich their lives but allow greater integration between the deaf and hearing impaired communities and the community at large.

The charity supports all deaf and hearing impaired people whatever their background and needs.

The day-to-day operations of the business of the business are managed by Robert Quayle, he has been involved with the Charity for over 30 years and is well known in the Bury deaf community. He brings with him an innate understanding of the needs of the deaf as well as professional qualifications in business Management.

Robert reports regularly to Peter Ashworth, the Chair of the Society, and The Board of Directions. The Manager presents a report and each meeting. Additionally, all volunteers meet with the Chair and manager on a monthly basis to review progress on the projects they are working on.

 

Our Approach and our goals

1. TITLE

The title of the above organisation ,shall be known as Communic8te Bury, situated at 8 Tenterden Street, Bury, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Charity’.

2. MISSION STATEMENT

Communic8te Bury is a charitable organisation that provides a variety of services, which aim to enhance the quality of life for deaf, and hearing impaired Children and Adults.

Objective: ‘The aims and objectives of the Charity shall be the welfare of the deaf and hearing impaired of all ages (adults and children), to improve the quality of life, develop independence and promote positive perception of deafness by promoting inclusion, cohesion and equality and provide suitable facilities, opportunities and training to enhance the lives of the deaf and hearing impaired and their family, friends and carers. We promote a positive perception of deafness. We are non-political and we believe social inclusion, full participation in society and individual choice are fundamental human rights.’

3. VALUES

These serve as guidelines for our conduct and behaviour as we work towards our vision.

Quality – our focus is on the people we serve (hearing impaired adults and children, their families, donors, funders and the public) and we will continually strive for excellence through evaluation and continuous improvement.

Empowerment – we seek to empower our users, staff and volunteers to achieve their potential.

Caring – we are committed to serving with empathy and compassion.

Integrity – we are committed to act in an ethical, honest manner.

Respect – we cherish diversity. We believe that all adults and children should be treated with consideration and dignity.

Responsiveness – we strive to be accessible, flexible, and transparent and to demonstrate a sense of urgency in our resolve and decision-making.

Accountability – we are committed to measuring, achieving and reporting results and to use donations wisely.

Teamwork – we are committed to effective partnerships between volunteers, staff and members.

4. POWERS

The Trustees have power (only in pursuing the Objects) to:

· Provide and promote any activities, services, information, guidance and resources;

· Work in partnership with different organisations;

· Acquire and hire property and raise funds (except by taxable trading);

· Borrow and give security and let and dispose of property (subject to Charities Act

restrictions);

· Make grants and loans; give guarantees;

· Raise money;

· Set aside funds for special purposes, or as reserves;

· Operate bank accounts and use financial instruments;

· Invest and delegate management in accordance with the Trustees Act 2000;

· Insure to protect the Charity and its property;

· Employ staff and engage advisors, agents and volunteers;

· Pay the Charity's establishment costs;

· Carry out anything else within the law necessary to reach the Charity’s objectives

· Receive contributions through a membership fee.

5. MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Charity shall be open to all hearing-impaired Adults and Children in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury. Membership is also open to all adults and children of normal hearing who share the aims and objectives of the Charity. Membership fees will be payable by 31st January each year. Fees will be set each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Charity. Voting rights will be open to anyone over the age of 16years who is a member of the Charity

The Trustees shall keep a Members' register and may set reasonable subscription rates.

The Trustees may, by resolution, remove a Member because his or her continued membership is considered contrary to the Charity's best interests, provided the Member has an opportunity to present his or her views.

6. MANAGEMENT

The Trustees have responsibility for the management of the Charity. There shall be at least three, one nominated as Chair. If the number of Trustees is less than the number fixed as the quorum, the continuing Trustees or Trustee may act only for the purpose of filling vacancies or of calling a general meeting.

A Treasurer and a Secretary may be appointed and need not be Trustees.

The Committee shall have not more than ten members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Charity, the above shall be known as the Committee.

The Committee shall have the power to:-

a. Co-opt any other member if and when necessary onto the Committee.

b. Make any decision as and when required and necessary for the normal functioning of

The Charity.

A Trustee ceases to be a Trustee if he or she: is absent, without reasonable explanation, from consecutive Trustees’ meetings over a six month period and a Trustees’ resolution is passed removing him or her as a Trustee for that reason; resigns in writing to the Trustees, if at least three Trustees will remain in office; is removed by Members’ resolution, after the Trustee has been given an opportunity to present his or her views; is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee.

A defect in procedure, or any appointment, of which the Trustees were unaware at the time, does not invalidate Trustees’ decisions.

Trustees' Proceedings

The Quorum for Trustees' meetings is two, or any higher number they agree.

Trustees' meetings may be in person, or through other means by which participants may communicate.

Trustees' decisions are by a majority resolution (without any casting vote)

A written resolution signed by a majority of all Trustees is as valid as a resolution passed at a meeting. It may be comprised of several copies and is passed on the date of the last required signature.

Benefit to Trustees and Members

The income and property of the Charity shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the Objects

A Trustee may pay out of, or be reimbursed from, the property of the Charity, reasonable expenses properly incurred by him or her when acting on behalf of the Charity.

None of the income or property of the Charity may be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend bonus or otherwise by way of profit to any member of the Charity. This does not prevent:

(a) a member who is not also a Trustee from receiving reasonable and proper remuneration for any goods or services supplied to the Charity

(b) a Trustee from: buying goods or services from the Charity upon the same terms as other members or members of the public; receiving a benefit from the Charity in the capacity of a beneficiary of the Charity, as a member of the Charity and upon the same terms as other members;

(c) the purchase of indemnity insurance for the Trustees against any liability that

by virtue of any rule of law would otherwise attach to a Trustee or other officer in respect of any negligence, default breach of duty or breach of trust of which he or she may be guilty in relation to the Charity but excluding: fines; costs of unsuccessfully defending criminal prosecutions for offences arising out of the fraud, dishonesty or wilful or reckless misconduct of the Trustee or other officer; liabilities to the Charity. That result from conduct that the Trustee or other officer knew or ought to have known was not in the best interests of the Charity or in respect of which the person concerned did not care whether that conduct was in the best interests of the Charity or not.

No Trustee may be paid or receive any other benefit for being a Trustee.

If it is proposed that a Trustee should receive a benefit from the Charity that is not already permitted he or she must: declare his or her interest in the proposal; be absent from that part of any meeting at which the proposal is discussed and take no part in any discussion of it; not be counted in determining whether the meeting is quorate; not vote on the proposal.

Charity assets

Legal title to land, investments (and as appropriate other assets) owned by the Charity should be held, on behalf of the Charity, by a company controlled by the Trustees, or by three of the Trustees, on behalf of all the Trustees

Such a holding company or holding Trustees must act as directed by the Trustees. Provided they do so they will not incur liability to the Charity.

The Trustees may remove or replace any holding Trustee by resolution confirmed in writing.

7. GENERAL MEETING AND FINANCIAL YEAR

The Financial Year shall be 1st Jan to 31st December annually and at the closure of accounts at the end of the Financial Year, such accounts shall be audited and a financial statement prepared for the presentation to the Annual General Meeting which should be held at not later than 12 weeks after the closure of accounts. Other business to be transacted at the Annual General Meetings shall include consideration of the Annual Report and Election of Officials.

Notice for the Annual General Meetings shall be 14 days as advertised in the local press for information of the general public.

8. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS

Provided that at least half of the membership so request, or the Committee so request, an Extraordinary General Meeting may be called at any time within 7 days’ notice to members, always provided that no Extraordinary General Meeting be summoned or convened within 8 weeks prior to the date fixed for

the Annual General Meeting. All business transacted at E.G.M’s must relate solely to the matter which is the purpose of the meeting. All members over the age of 16 years have the right to vote at any General Meeting.

9. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Whenever a Trustee has a personal interest in a matter to be discussed at a meeting (whether a general meeting or a Trustees’ meeting) or in relation to which a decision is proposed to be made, or whenever a Trustee has an interest in another organisation whose interests are reasonably likely to conflict with those of the Charity, in relation to a matter to be discussed at a meeting (whether a general meeting or a Trustees’ meeting), he/she must:

a) Declare an interest before discussion begins on the matter;

b) Withdraw from that part of the meeting unless expressly invited to remain or decline to participate in any discussion on the matter unless expressly invited to do so;

c) In the case of personal interests not be counted in the quorum for that part of the meeting; and

d) In the case of personal interests withdraw during the vote and have no vote on the matter.

10. ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Any alterations of this Constitution shall receive the assent of a simple majority of members present and voting at a meeting specially called for the purpose PROVIDED that notice of any such alterations shall have been received by the Secretary in writing not less than 14 (fourteen) clear days before the meeting at which the alteration is to be proposed. The Annual General Meeting shall be the normal meeting to consider alterations to the constitution, unless an Extraordinary General Meeting is called for such a purpose, when 14 (fourteen) clear days’ notice in writing shall be sent by the Secretary to each member of the Charity PROVIDED THAT no alteration shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Charity to cease to be a CHARITY in law.

11. DISSOLUTION

If the Committee by simple majority decide at any time that on the grounds of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Charity, it shall call a meeting of all members of the Charity who have the power to vote, of which meeting not less than 21 (twenty one) days’ notice (stating the terms of the Resolution proposed thereat) shall be given. If such decision shall be confirmed by simple majority of those present and voting at such a meeting the Committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by or on behalf of the Charity. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Charity as the Committee may determine.