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Health of deaf people set to improve after Gants Hill charity receives £10k grant

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 September 2013

Members sign 'hello, empowering deaf society', from right to left. They will offer health and wellbeing workshops delivered in British sign language

Members sign 'hello, empowering deaf society', from right to left. They will offer health and wellbeing workshops delivered in British sign language

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The health of deaf people in Redbridge is set to be improved thanks to an almost £10,000 grant, which hopes to provide the important information that those with sufficient hearing may take for granted.

The Empowering Deaf Society, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, will offer health and wellbeing workshops delivered in British sign language after the Big Lottery Fund released £9,840 for the scheme.

Project manager Mangai Sutharsan said: “I am so relieved we have received funding for this project as it is helping to ease the gap in services as regards the health of deaf people.

“The information available to those whose primary language is through signing is insufficient, with 75 per cent of deaf people leaving school with a reading age of 12. Therefore understanding information, in regards to health, from things such as prescriptions and what is in the food they are eating, is very difficult.”

Ms Sutharsan added: “These workshops will allow us to deliver the important information.”

Two primary schools and a Redbridge-based arthritis charity are also set to benefit from more than £20,000.

Arthritis Self-Help Network (London) will spend £10,000 on computer equipment to provide an IT support centre for people living with the condition.

The charity hopes it will improve people’s IT skills, provide them with access to specialist goods and services.

Roding Primary School, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, received funding to deliver a training course in relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms to help vulnerable parents, carers and children living with hearing impediments.

Aldersbrook Primary School, Harpenden Road, Wanstead will use its £10,000 grant to provide an outdoor classroom and living wall.


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