We are very excited to announce that on Monday 16 April 2018 we will be launching a Youth Handy Voices. We will meet at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre in Oxford, St Ebbes Road from 5:15pm-7:00pm
This new group is open to all youths aged 13-25 years old and we are able to offer these sessions for FREE!!
See the video that I made all about it by clicking here!
Hope to see you there!
One of our newest members Paul Scarrott wrote a blog post about his experiences since joining Handy Voices. It is so wonderful. Thank you Paul and so glad you are part of our family!
Wow, what a weekend!
Handy Voices was part of the sign singing competition at the Jersey Eisteddfod.
So proud of everyone and so happy about the time that we had together.
The adventure started even before we got there with with late and/or cancelled flights.
As a team, we rehearsed on the beach in the sunshine, performed on stage in the gorgeous Jersey Opera House with work that we can be proud of and laughed hard celebrating our time together.
We presented the songs translated into BSL in a visual, funny, sweet, moving way.
The judges preferred songs that were direct translations — lyrics to sign with no or little interpretation or variation.
The certificate colours we were awarded do not match our passion, drive, or quality of performance however here is what we were awarded with: Alex and Jo received Silver Awards for their solos. Jen and Pete received Bronze for their duet, Rand received Bronze for his solo and Christine received Copper for my solo.
Thank you team for an amazing weekend and for your hard work. See you at our next session.
A massive thank you also to Vision Signing Choir (Karen and Emma) and Significant (Stef) for being great competitors and looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Wow, time just flies when you are having fun. Monday 16 October is our last session for this half of term. That came quick!
Reminder to all, we have a break on 23 October and return to sessions again on Monday 30 October to start our preparations for Christmas.
Also part of the team will be travelling to the Jersey Eisteddfod for the Sign Singing competition on Saturday 4 November! Very exciting and scary! All entries ( bar me) have not performed in the class they are entered in before. It is all new for everyone! Very proud of my team and excited about the trip! Wish us luck!
Handy Voices has been invited to be part of the RoAR Disability Youth Arts Festival in Oxford at the Art- T Centre (Ark T Centre Crowell Road, OX4 3LN Oxford, Oxfordshire) on 1 September 2017. Our leader, Christine DeBlase will be running a sign singing workshop and working with the audience to find a new way of using their voice to express themselves and the music.
RoAR is a one day festival from 11am- 4pm to celebrate youth disability arts through the creative endeavours of the Arts Awards projects funded by a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and Artswork.
The Handy Voices workshop will take place at 12:30pm. Everyone of any age is welcome. Come and check it out.
Further details available on their Facebook page or RoaR 2017_A4
The Oxford Mail published a piece on the Festival. Download that here.
Great news everyone!
Handy Voices will start back with a bang on Monday 18 September from 7:15pm at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre.
FREE coffee/tea/biscuits on arrival and the fun starts promptly at 7:30pm!
We are open to all levels of hearing and work to be completely inclusive.
No BSL experience needed, just a willingness to get stuck in and give it a go!
We have members who have never signed before and members who it was their first language and preferred communication method,
Get in touch if you want more information either on the contact form on this site or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Last night, Tuesday 9 May 2017, Handy Voices Signing Choir was invited to the Oxford Charity and Volunteer Action Awards. I was there with my husband, Rand Russell to represent the team.
We were shortlisted for 2 categories, Best New Group and Innovation. It was lovely to be in the Town Hall with about 300 people watching, hearing about our achievements from the speaker and seeing our names on the big screen, but then they called our name and I was so shocked and surprised. It was a great moment.
So proud of all that Handy Voices has achieved since our inception in September 2014 when we were partnered with SongScope and then breaking out on our own from June 2015. Since that time we have gone from strength to strength and have started to make a difference in the local community. Long may that continue!
Official photos to be put up soon, but here are a few selfies of me with the award from last night!
Handy Voices has been invited to attend the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards as it has been nominated for an award in two categories: Best new group and Innovation.
Christine DeBlase, our choir leader will represent Handy Voices at the Award Ceremony held in the Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May 2017. Pictures of the event will be posted as soon as possible. Wish us luck!