Read our Stories

The Signing Tree is the social enterprise of BID Services, a sensory charity. The support we get from organisations like you has a huge impact on the lives of the people we support. One of the ways we fund our projects is by selling meeting and conference space here at the Signing Tree. We then use the profits to deliver vital services to the people and communities we support.

Read our stories to find out how you are helping deaf people find work, young deaf people achieving their dreams in sport and older deaf people to become less isolated and lonely.


George's Story
George is 12 years old and was born into a hearing family. George attends BID's Deaf Youth Club every Wednesday and has also taken part in holiday activities. The Youth Club provides an environment for young deaf people to interact, socialise and learn a new range of skills such as arts, sports, media work and internet safety. George loves his two cats, playing on his go-kart in the garden and using his iPad to make mini films.

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Wycliffe's Story
Born with perfect hearing and eyesight, Wycliffe suffered some hearing loss in his adult life and then acquired a visual impairment five years ago.

With a passion for food, Wycliffe went to college to study professional food and cookery. When he finished his studies, he signed on and started looking for jobs working with food. Although he attended a lot of interviews, he felt he was being turned down because of his disabilities. The Job Centre told him about BID's Employment Service, and we first met Wycliffe when he arrived at the Employment Service.

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Adam's Story
Football mad Adam's dream is to be a professional footballer. His achievements are many including being chosen to take part in the GB Deaf Football team, where he won a bronze medal and achieved his first England cap. To allow him to take part, Adam raised all his own money by cycling from Birmingham to Paris in under 24 hours, without support.

Adam wanted to find a job involving sport but because his first language is BSL, he struggled with the English language and worried that this might stop him from achieving his dream of working in sports.

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Brenda's Story
80 year old Brenda became deaf at the age of 2. Originally from Warrington, Brenda moved to Birmingham where she married and brought up her three children. She worked until the age of 59 and continued to live in the family home until mobility became an issue forcing Brenda to move into sheltered housing.

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