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Friends Deaf Club Support Newham Be Deaf Aware Day

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Friends Deaf Club Support Newham Be Deaf Aware Day

9th May 2016
The Friends Deaf Club held a range of community activities to mark and promote Newham Be Deaf Aware Day 2016 on Friday 06 May.

Newham Be Deaf Aware Day, which is organised by the British Deaf Foundation, aims to raise awareness of the difficulties the deaf community faces on a daily basis and encourages members of the local community and business to engage with awareness activities.

Several organisations went to the Friends Deaf Club on Friday to do presentations with sign language interpreters. The London Transport Police gave advice on transport safety, and also asked for guidance from the deaf community on how they can improve the services offered by TfL, whilst representatives from the DLR gave information on the services they offer to deaf and disabled people. Workplace also attended the day, and gave advice on what support is available for deaf people seeking employment, and how they can set up their own businesses.   

They were joined by members of the public and local business who came to Friends Deaf Club to learn signing and finger spelling.  

The Friends Deaf Club is held in St Mark’ Community Centre, which is run by Caritas Anchor House, and occurs on the third Friday of each month. The club offers an opportunity for both deaf and hearing people who sign to socialise together, and is the first of its kind in the local area.

Speaking of the day, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “It was great to see local community members and business engaging with the Newham Be Deaf Aware at the Friends Deaf Club. The Friends Deaf Club has been running since November 2015, and its popularity shows it is a much needed service in our borough. I look forward to more outreach work in the future.” 

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