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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Makey Makey - Creating Music Through Technology

Decibels Project - "Makey Makey": Creating Music Through Technology funded by the Sobell Foundation

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Trustee Director William Ogden on BBC Bitesize

William Ogden, one of our of Trustee Directors, was approached by the BBC to be interviewed to offer "peer-to-peer" guidance on 'identity' and embracing for who you are.

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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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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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Playing Music Together - Short Interim Report

A number of workshops have been ran at a range of locations as part of our Playing Music Together project, Sponsored by the Sobell Foundation. It was felt that the students had come a considerable way in their understanding of cause and effect, the ability to work as part of a team and also their ability to listen to the sounds they were producing.

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CALYPSO Press Release

Calypso will bring together deaf and hearing musicians, artists, film makers, and writers from across the UK, USA and Barbados to help raise awareness in Barbados to deaf people’s needs

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Ruth Montgomery appointed as Decibels’ new Creative Arts Director

We are pleased to announce that Ruth Montgomery, who we have worked with extensively over the past 6 years on some very important projects, has been appointed as our new Creative Arts Director!

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A Celebration of Theatre Arts Education & Deaf Studies and the Theatre of the Deaf

A highly creative event held by TAEDS (Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies) programme at the University of Reading. Decibels contributed some of the costs for producing the Celebratory programme.

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Decibels and Audiovisability Art and Music Workshops: Evaluation

Art & Music Workshops at PACE as part of Decibels & Audiovisability “Creating Music through technology” which is sponsored by the Sobell Foundation

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BARBADOS CALYPSO – Deaf Lives through Music & the Arts supported by the main generous sponsors the Maria Holder Memorial Trust

The 'Calypso' project is a collaboration between Decibels, Audiovisability, Barbados Council for the Disabled, SpecialKidz International, The Peter Boos Foundation and other partners

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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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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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Decibels and SpecialKidz have agreed to share the costs of sponsoring Ruth Montgomery who is a deaf professional musician and an excellent mentor to become involved with Budapest Music Project entitled "Tuned to Each Other" from Monday, 28th September to Friday, 2nd October, 2015.

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The Dressage Music Project

The Dressage Music Project involving Laurentian Tan - “CREATING MUSIC THROUGH TECHNOLOGY” supported by Decibels as a partner & sponsored by The Sobell Foundation

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