CEO Chat #8

CEO Chat

This week Lucy (CDA community coordinator) has the first in a series of Walks for Wellbeing that are led by Claire Wickham, who has a wealth of knowledge about the local area. These walks are designed to be low level, gentle walks that are as much about enjoying the beautiful landscape as they are about exercising gently whilst exploring where we live.  Some people, as they lose their hearing or are deaf, don’t feel so confident about walking for pleasure. This group will help bring people together and be a great social activity as well as good exercise, especially now lighter days are coming.  Watch the video from Claire.

Last week Friday brought a creative end to the working week. I met with Joanne from The Forum in Barrow to discuss events, training, exhibitions and many other exciting possibilities. Then from there went to the Dock Museum to the opening night of the Made in Barrow exhibition. It is a celebration of community arts activities, creation and concepts that have taken place over the past two years. What a delightful way to end a week.

One of the real joys of my job is that every week brings new interactions with people wanting to understand how they can better help the deaf and hard of hearing community. Some conversations are planned through meetings or long email exchanges, some simply happen whilst I’m out and about. As it did this morning whilst I did an early morning supermarket click and collect.

The man who brought the shopping to the car noticed my CDA gilet, it’s hard to miss with a bright orange CDA logo embroidered across the back! We struck up a conversation about the upcoming Kendal Cycling Festival at the end of April. He was asking if there was anything the festival could do to enable ‘rusty riders’ (my phrase for myself = age, joints, confidence etc) like myself to consider cycling again.  It’s definitely a subject I will ask Lucy, our South Lakes deaf and Hard of Hearing coordinator, to ask our attendees.  To find out more about the cycling festival and other events in Kendal please visit:

I do encourage you to keep an eye on our events page, here on our website or on our Facebook page. Please don’t be shy, if there is something you would like to take part in, do get in touch.