Last Thursday Towerview Primary school were very lucky to have a visit from the charity Deaf Active to deliver their ‘hands’ project. This project that will now be touring the UK has raised awareness of Deaf people, deaf culture, British Sign Language and the barriers Deaf people face to over 12,000 primary aged children in the Merseyside area alone, and this was the first time it has gone national. This is done through the medium of play and song. All the children that took part on Thursday thoroughly enjoyed it. They learnt how to sign colours, animals, their favourite foods and the best part was learning to sign a song and later performing it to an appreciative audience. P1 & P2 learn to sign to ‘Love me Do’ by the Beatles and P3 & P4 to ‘Shine’ by Take That. Lots of the children are taking great pleasure in sharing what they learnt with family and friends. The adults that took part were also very enthusiastic, and would thoroughly recommend it to other interested schools.
Deaf Active was established as a registered charity in 2008 in order to support, promote and enhance the lives of deaf children and young people. The charity’s founder and volunteer chief executive is Ian Duncan, who grew up in Bangor and learnt to sign while working as a barman in his home town as he wanted to be able to communicate with the deaf customers. Their innovative and unique approach to ensuring deaf children and young people have the same access to service provision has led to opportunities for volunteering, training and employment in areas such as sports co-ordination, play work, youth work, language coaching, media translation and boosts 90% of its workforce as profoundly deaf.