Deaf People from all over West Yorkshire gathered st Guidersome Parish Church on November 15th to remember their loved ones who had died, in a special occasion led by Revd Mark Smith assisted by Diane Colville, Susan McCormack and other members of the Deaf Ministry Team.
Everyone brought photos of loved ones they wanted to remember and these were placed on the communion table. Susan had made many cross stitch butterflies and these were given out and then people came forward to attach them to a large wooded cross erected for the occasion.
Allerton Grange is a resourced school for deaf and hearing impaired children. Children are taxied in from all over the city if they need more support than could be offered in their local mainstream school. Many of the children are bilingual using both English and British Sign Language (BSL)in their everyday life. We have a bilingual policy which develops the use and understanding of both languages, as well as using the languages to access the mainstream curriculum.
A housing association employee was so inspired by the training that his employer organised – he decided to study for the full qualification himself and has now passed with flying colours.
Nick Dine works as a plumber and trainer at Bradford -based housing provider, Incommunities,
He was so inspired by attending a series of one-hour bitesize disability awareness training sessions which gave staff a brief overview on a range of individual topics such as deaf awareness, visual awareness, mental health, British Sign Language (BSL), understanding learning difficulties and disability etiquette. that he decided to continue and study for his BSL Level 1.
He said: “The training provided by HearFirst inspired me to carry on and complete the BSL Level 1 course which I studied at Queensbury School in Bradford. The course has provided me with the basics in sign language and the confidence to communicate with a deaf person should we need to in future. I would like to continue to study my BSL Level 2 course but at the moment due to limited time it is something I may think about in future.
“My employer, Incommunities, has been great and actively encourage staff to invest in training as part of their personal development and in improving customer services.”
Julie Ryder, Director and Founder of HearFirst, said: “Nick contacted me to tell me that following the HearFirst training session, he was so interested in learning more about deafness and sign language he approached his employer, Incommunities, who fully supported him studying for the full qualification.
“It is so reassuring to hear the impact our training has on delegates and although we get very good feedback from staff who attend our courses, it is pleasing that people like Nick are so inspired that they want to learn more. I congratulate him on passing his Level 1 course.
“It is great to see Incommunities show their commitment towards BSL training and in turn improve access to their housing services.
“Learning and understanding BSL is such a wonderful skill and qualification to have as you never know when you may need to use it but the benefits this has when communicating and signing with a deaf person is invaluable.”
Sue Laycock, Director of HR at Incommunities said: “I would like to congratulate Nick on his course success.
“As an organisation we are committed to taking a proactive approach to promoting equality and diversity both within our workforce and in delivering our customer services.
“HearFirst share our commitment to promote disability awareness issues and the opportunity to develop more inclusive and accessible services that aim to meet our customer needs.”
Incommunities is one of the largest social housing providers in the UK. The organisation owns and manages 21,500 homes for rent including almost 1,000 properties for leasehold.
HearFirst provides a full range of equality and diversity training courses to organisations across the UK. For more information on deaf, disability awareness and BSL training, please contact Julie at HearFirst on 01706 872 816 or visit www.hearfirst.org.uk
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