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£5,000 boost will help give a voice to deaf babies in south Wales

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 12 Oct 2016

A volunteer group that works with deaf children in Swansea is celebrating after winning £5,000 in a national competition.

Talking Hands was awarded the money as part of the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which are run twice-yearly and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.
 
The group will use the award to provide family sign language classes for parents of toddlers and newly-diagnosed babies, as well as providing a library of resources, such as books, DVDs and flash cards, which families can borrow.

The scheme was nominated for a Community Award by Helen Robins-Talbot, a OneFamily customer and volunteer at Talking Hands. It is one of 24 organisations presented with an award in this latest round.

Helen said:

“We’re so pleased to be awarded the funding from the OneFamily Foundation and are extremely grateful to everyone that voted for us. 

“There are currently no places locally where parents can learn to sign with their babies, despite evidence that it leads to better communication and less frustration.

“The classes aim to increase the opportunity for families to meet and begin to learn sign, and to improve basic conversation between parents, deaf children and newly diagnosed babies.”

The Community Awards are run by the OneFamily Foundation, an organisation set up by financial mutual, OneFamily, to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help its customers, their families and local communities.

Karl Elliot, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Talking Hands is already having a positive impact on young people’s lives in South Wales and the organisation has some really exciting plans to support younger children and their families using this grant.

“Our Community Awards are designed to benefit the causes closest to our customers’ hearts, giving community groups and projects the funding boost they need to continue to offer their vital work.

“The next Community Awards will launch on Monday 19 September, so I’d urge all customers in South Wales with an active policy to get involved and nominate a cause close to their heart.”

Through the OneFamily Foundation, OneFamily aspires to make £5million available to its customers – to improve their lives or to help them make a positive difference to their local communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/