Charity says “it’s good to talk” in speech or sign this Deaf Awareness Week

Shropshire charity Signal is encouraging people to think about communication to end isolation and loneliness in national Deaf Awareness Week.

The charity is encouraging people to have their hearing screened at Signal: The Hub in the Riverside Mall in Shrewsbury from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 May. A screening can be the first step towards addressing problems with hearing which may cause people to withdraw from social life.

The High Sheriff of Shropshire Christine Holmes will get Deaf Awareness Week events in Shrewsbury underway with a tour of The Hub on Tuesday 3 May. The High Sheriff will meet The Hub’s volunteers who provide information and support to people coming to terms with hearing loss.

Members of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will set the example of inclusive service on Tuesday 3 May by taking part in Signal’s deaf awareness training. The charity’s training gives an insight into the challenges facing people who are hard of hearing or deaf and equips people with tactics for clear and considerate communication.

Deaf Awareness Week reaches its finale in Shrewsbury with the showing of Power in Our Hands at The Hive at 8pm on Friday 6 May. This new film explores the secret history and heritage of the deaf community in the UK and its struggle for the right to be heard through British Sign Language.

This event will open with an introduction in speech and sign. Representatives of Signal will be on hand to discuss the issues raised in the film, which is being shown by Shrewsbury Film Society. Everyone is welcome to attend and tickets are available through The Hive’s website or on the door.

For more information about Deaf Awareness Week events in Shrewsbury or to find out how you can learn sign language, contact James Cousins at Signal: telephone 01743 358 356, SMS 07950 782 819, email [email protected], website