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Letting their hands do the talking

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Letting their hands do the talking thumbnailStaff from Tesco Limavady pictured at their sign language training session which was hosted by Dungiven charity Hands That Talk.

CROSS community group Hands That Talk has had a busy time of late, offering sign language training sessions to local businesses and groups over the past few weeks. The Dungiven based charity received funding from the Sign Language Partnership Group last September and since then, staff and volunteers have been out and about in the local community offering sessions to those interested in learning sign language.
As well as visiting dentists and doctor surgeries in the Dungiven area to host the classes, tutors then turned their attention to community groups within the Dungiven area, including members of the congregation of Dungiven Parish Church, of which 28 people signed up.
Last week, Hands That Talk were invited by Tesco to host a two-hour team training session for staff and this invite was extended to other businesses and organisations in the area. This week, Hands That Talk hosted a deaf awareness event in Cornfield Care Home, Limavady which representatives from other local care homes were invited to attend.
Mags Connolly, community champion at Tesco in Limavady, said: "This all started because we wanted to be able to better interact with our customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are always looking for new ways to serve our customers a little better.

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