British Deaf Association
Newport, Wales

GAVO Offices
Ty Derwen
Church Road
NP19 7EJ

Opening Hours

M-F: 09:00–17:00


The Welsh team works within Community Development and works across Advocacy and the BSL Charter.

The team is led by Paul Redfern - Senior Community Development Manager


  • Community Advocacy – to develop and support self-help groups and self-advocacy skills with Deaf people who use statutory and voluntary health and social services.  To enable Deaf people to represent their own needs and influence the nature and quality of services:-
  • Personal Advocacy – to provide an occasional skilled specialist source of independent one-to-one (peer) advocacy, information and advice for Deaf people and their families
  • Community Development – to enhance the capacity of the Deaf community, playing an active role in identifying local needs and developing joint approaches to meeting those needs.

BSL Charter

  • Works to empower local Deaf communities and develop consultation dialogue for improved access to local services using the BSL Charter. 
  • This includes working with local community groups, setting up forums and training events. 
  • Working with local service providers to promote the BSL Charter and improve accessibility.


  • Michelle Fowler-Powe - Access & Inclusion (Advocacy) Officer - Bridgend, Wales
    Covers South Wales including Swansea, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Merthyr
  • James Barnes-Miller - Access & Inclusion (BSL Charter) Officer - Newport, Wales
    Covers Newport & Monmouthshire

Deaf Roots & Pride

  • Deaf Roots and Pride is a lottery project aimed at Deaf children and young people (aged 8-20 years) who are transitioning from primary to secondary education or from secondary to external environments.
  • The team comprises of a Manager, Transition Officers, and Mentors across the UK.