Talking Hands win £5,000 to provide sign language classes

A woman sits on the grass teaching children sign language

Talking Hands is a Swansea-based volunteer group who work with deaf children in the local area, providing invaluable support and resources to children and their families.

The group were awarded a £5,000 Community Award to allow them to provide sign language classes to parents of deaf children, as well as providing a library of resources to borrow and use at home, such as books, DVDs and Flash Cards. This will allow parents to learn to communicate with their deaf child, as well as enabling families to come together and support each other.

The scheme was nominated for a Community Award by OneFamily customer Helen Robins-Talbot, who is a volunteer at Talking Hands.

“We’re so grateful to everyone that voted for us! 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.”

Helen Robins-Talbot, volunteer at Talking Hands

This scheme will benefit many families with deaf children in the local area, as there is currently nothing available to help parents communicate with their children from a young age. Research has shown that early access to communication such as British Sign Language improves education and leads to less frustration, which further highlights the positive impact these classes will have on deaf children and their families.