About Becoming Visible

Our Services

Becoming Visible (BV) was set up in 2002 – the culmination of a collaboration between Deaf individuals and organisations during the NewcastleGateshead bid to be Capital of Culture 2008. Although NewcastleGateshead was pipped at the post, such was the enthusiasm for the project that, a group of inspired Deaf individuals decided to set up a new Deaf led charity and named it Becoming Visible.

The reason behind the name of our organisation is that Deaf people’s lives, skills, experiences, history and the community is usually invisible to the wider community. The original ethos of respect for British Sign Language and Deaf culture continues to underpin the work that we do today to ensure that Deaf people is visible in all spheres of society.

Our Mission and Values

Mission Statement

Becoming Visible will put “People First” by being the leading organisation in all things related to British Sign Language and Deaf Culture. We will strive to do this by;

  • Ensuring respect for our language, culture, heritage, diversity in all we do 
  • Providing high quality accessible services, projects and opportunities
  • Partnerships/signposting with other organisations to promote a positive image of British Sign Language, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community
  • Improving what we do by listening to feedback
  • Continuing to be innovative in what we do, to create exciting opportunities for members of the Deaf community

Meet the team

Our friendly and helpful staff are here to help you ...
  • Kirsty Simpson

    Youth Service

  • Jack Murphy

    Interpreting & Translation Booking Assistant

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  • Dawn Marshall


  • Debra Wherrett

    DeafID Service Co-ordinator

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  • Julie Stephenson

    Training Co-ordinator

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  • Michelle Bernacer

    Interpreting & Translation Booking Co-ordinator

Annual Account Report

Please click here to read our latest accounts and the work we have done in previous years.