Welcome to Decibels

Decibels believes in a world where all people have opportunities to develop their creativity and discover their talents. Our work enables people, especially those with disabilities, to develop their creativity and unlock their abilities mainly through the use of technology.

Decibels was founded as a charitable company limited by guarantee in April 2005 with the aim of promoting the arts-based education and training of disabled children and young people. The Board of Decibels has recently undertaken a strategic review to set the charity’s course for the coming 10 years. Inspired by the work of Sir Ken Robinson, we are currently developing a programme of work which prioritises initiatives which encourage disabled people to be creative.

We are really excited about the next decade and if you would like to get involved in our work then we would love to hear from you!

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Celebrating Decibels Trustee Director William Ogden's BEM

We are thrilled to share that one of our Trustee Directors, William Ogden, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his ‘hands-on’ service that has made a significant difference to the lives of people in the local community.

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2020 marked the 60th year of collaboration between Peter Boos and Ken Carter (pictured below), working together to improve the lives of the deaf in Barbados and England.

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Listen to Me

Eloise Garland & Ken Carter secure a National Lottery Awards for All grant for Decibels “Listen to Me” Project

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Are You Listening?

A BSL interpreted event in partnership with Wells Cathedral School

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Sponsorship for the CALYPSO Barbados & UK Project

The Peter Boos Family Foundation has donated £7K to Specialkidz International of which Peter N. Boos FCA is Honorary President. The donation assists Ken Carter & Decibels in sponsoring and supporting the Calypso Project in collaboration with Ruth Montgomery and Eloise Garland of Audiovisibility.

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The Dressage Two Hearts Music Project Report involving Laurentia Tan

"Creating Music Through Technology" - some support by Decibels with some sponsorship from the Sobell Foundation

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A Celebration of Professor Harold Silver’s Life

His inspiration & innovation were responsible for helping Deafax to be established and subsequently Decibels, AACT, EASiTEC, Deaf Aspirations, Ability2Access, Specialkidz International & GOALS4LIFE.

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Watch: The Essay – Sannah Gulamani's Belonging

Sannah Gulamani, Honorary Vice President of Decibels, is featured on the BBC's series 'The Essay'. Watch now with subtitles and sign language translation.

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Support from the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers

Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers supports the Creative Arts work of Decibels

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Outstanding Deaf Musician, Dr Paul Whittaker, OBE, teams up with Decibels

Outstanding Deaf Musician, Dr Paul Whittaker, OBE, has teamed up with Decibels as an Consultant & Adviser. In 2005, Paul was awarded and OBE for Services to Music and holds Honorary degrees from the University of Huddersfield and the Open University.

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Are You Listening / Listen To Me - Interim Report

Our interim report to The National Lottery Awards For All. This project fostered better relationships with organisations & professionals within the creative industries to help better understanding, created opportunities & brought together deaf and hearing & people for meaningful dialogue, creativity & celebrating especially after the pandemic.

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The future of AI for disabilities and special needs

Artificial Intelligence has incredible potential to revolutionise almost every aspect of our daily lives, ranging from simple decision making to curing diseases, from making predictions to helping to solve global warming. Perhaps most importantly for METEC, it also presents a huge opportunity to support those with disabilities or special needs.

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Planning the YEAR OF SOUND in 2022 at the House of Lords

Decibels is planning to organise a “YEAR of SOUND in 2022” at the House of Lords with the help of our Honorary President Lord Michael Berkeley of Knighton, CBE.

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Outstanding Deaf Artist links up with Decibels

We're pleased to announce Hamish Rosie is now a Professional Consultant to Decibels! Decibels is looking forward to working with Hamish on future developments.

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Please leave some of your wealth to Decibels, not the Government

Are you one of the 60% of Britons who haven't made a Will? If so, you may end up leaving much of your wealth to the Government instead of your family and a charity like Decibels! Don't make the mistake of thinking Wills are just for the rich. If you own a home, you are worth more than you think.

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