About Us

Collage of JDA pictures with staff, clients and volunteers

Our Vision

JDA’s vision is of a world where there are no barriers to communication and understanding between deaf and hearing people; a world with respect, inclusion and equality.

Our Mission

By informing, supporting and educating, our mission is to improve access, independence, equality and inclusion for people with a hearing loss, thereby breaking down barriers between deaf and  hearing people.

Our Aims

We aim to:

  • Increase access to information and services.
  • Reduce social exclusion and isolation and increase participation in the community.
  • Improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Enable full, active, safe and independent lives.
  • Provide a culturally appropriate environment and activity programme for our Jewish clients.

Objectives and Activities

JDA’s primary objective is to support people with all levels of hearing loss.  Originally set up to support the religious, cultural, social and physical needs of deaf people of the Jewish faith, services are now broader and open to everyone.

Who we serve:

  • Deaf and Deafblind people, mainly British Sign Language (BSL) users.
  • Deafened people.
  • Hard of hearing people.
  • People experiencing tinnitus.
  • Jewish families with deaf children..
  • Relatives, carers and professionals.

Geographical reach

JDA is centrally located in North Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet and we serve people from Barnet, the surrounding boroughs and beyond.  Our reach also extends across England and overseas.

Fees and charges

In order to ensure equality with hearing people, who have free access to mainstream information and advice, we keep our equivalent accessible services free of charge.  Some income is generated from membership fees and by charging for events, outings, classes, social clubs, etc.  We keep charges low as the large majority of our clients, particularly the older ones, are unemployed and on benefits. 

Thank you for your Support

On Sunday 11 June JDA was one of 70 charities and schools who participated in the Maccabi Community Fun Run. With nearly 30 runners all supporting JDA, a Charity stall sharing information about our services and a crepe stand where we gave away over 100 free pancakes, the day was a huge success. It's not too late to show your support. Click here to donate.