On Saturday 8 November, thirty-one Warrington council employees took the opportunity to spend their Saturday learning basic British Sign Language.
Working in partnership with the Warrington & District Society for Deaf People, Unison and GMB Trade Union Learning Reps organised a full day comprising of two half-day taster sessions, giving learners the opportunity to learn basic signs, finger spell, and increase their awareness of the challenges faced by hard of hearing and deaf people.
Gillian Jeffrey from the Society led the course, supported by interpreter Mavis McCue.
An additional bonus for the delegates was the opportunity to learn about the role of “Hearing Dogs” in supporting a deaf or hard of hearing person. Gillian and her hearing dog Buddy provided the delegates with a demonstration of the support hearing dogs can offer.
The course was the second full-day programme put on by the society in partnership with the trade union learning reps, following on from the first course which ran in January 2014.
Following the course, a number of learners have chosen to pursue their learning further by entering a formal Level One British Sign Language qualification, in partnership with Warrington & District Society for Deaf People.
Further programmes on a variety of learning topics are being offered by the Trade Union Learning Reps. For more information please contact your regional Learning Organiser Steve Swift on firstname.lastname@example.org.