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. 

Learn to Lipread

Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background? Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?

If you have a hearing loss, lipreading classes can help you to become more informed, more socially active, more confident and therefore more connected to those around you. Our lipreading tutor runs lively, stimulating, interactive weekly classes every Monday. For more information visit our lipreading pages or email claudia@jdeaf.org.uk