The Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated is a not-for-profit Deaf led community organisation in New Zealand. Its soul purpose is to empower and enrich the lives of the Deaf through education and to reduce isolation through social contact.
Natasha Jumelet is profoundly Deaf and has been working as a Community Support Worker for the Deaf for the last 20 years. During this time Natasha noticed many Deaf adults were unable to prepare healthy economical recipes in the kitchen.
Many lived off frozen fish fingers and takeaways. The majority of this group had grown up when New Zealand Sign Language was banned in schools and as a consequence most could not read well enough to follow a recipe in a cook book. Their parents often could not communicate well with them so many family favourite meals and kitchen skills were not passed on.
In October 2012 Natasha and her sister Yolanda started the Deaf Wellbeing Cooking Club. The club grew in popularity and finally in February 2017 The Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated was born!
The Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated was founded to:
To empower the Deaf!
Since we became incorporated in February 2017 we have grown and provide more services for the Deaf of New Zealand. Our initiatives have included
We are excited to offer specialised themed art classes.
But there is so much more we would like to do in the future…