Bridging the access gap in Tyne and Wear

A new initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Tyne and Wear.  

The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may have hearing impairments. 

Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains: “There are more than nine million hearing-impaired people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programs to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language, especially now that many people are stuck at home during this third lockdown. We are offering a free six-week British Sign Language program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”.

Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision. 

For more details on the free community program, due to start after Easter half-term, on Friday afternoons, please email Radiyya on: community@signs4life.org marking your email as 'Tyne'.