Deaf Society of Canterbury or Deaf Club is one of a network of Deaf Clubs around NZ. We provide a venue for culturally Deaf members of the community to meet and share their common language (New Zealand Sign Language), culture, history, sporting and recreational activities.
We are a membership organisation and our membership is free and open to anyone around NZ who is Deaf or has an interest in Deaf community. Members receive a regular newsletter and we organise a range of activities and social events for the community.
We also support local Deaf groups with governance, legal status, finanical reviews, fundraising, etc.
We are part of a network of Deaf clubs around NZ. We are also a member of SCANZ (Sporting Clubs Assocation NZ)
Deaf clubs helps to maintain the social/cultural network/bond between the members and the Deaf community, through recreational/social activities and specific project. NZSL is the main mode of communication at Deaf club.
How are we Deaf friendly?
DSC (Deaf Society of Canterbury) is managed by a Board of Deaf members of the Canterbury community.
Three part-time staff are a mixture of Deaf and hearing. All hearing staff use NZSL, have undergone Deaf Awareness training and have experience working in the Deaf sector.
DSC works closely with Deaf Aotearoa in Canterbury/Westland areas and we often deliver projects jointly.
Our clubrooms are closed at the moment after the Christchurch earthquakes but we are committed to setting up new fully accessible clubrooms as soon as possible for use by the Deaf community.