Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Health: deaf lifestyles day

Charity holds lifestyles day for deaf community
DISABILITY charity Trafford CIL is hosting a Healthy Lifestyles Day for deaf people in the borough.

Funded by Morrisons, the event will take place on March 10 from 1pm to 4pm, at Trafford CIL’s Marshall House headquarters in Sale.  It will be an opportunity for deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users, deafened and hard of hearing people to come together and share healthy lifestyle hints and tips with the help of Brian Kokoruwe, founder of Deafinite Equality.

Brian, who is deaf himself, has set up a social enterprise to raise awareness of the importance of diet and fitness training in improving the health and wellbeing of Deaf and hard of hearing people.  Also appearing on the day is Stacey Prendergast, from Lifeline, who will be sharing information about her crucial work with the deaf community about the effects of drugs and alcohol.

Ruth Malkin, Trafford’s deaf support broker, says “This is a great opportunity for all deaf people in Trafford to come together and share ideas about how to live more healthy lives.”  She adds, “I am very pleased that Morrison’s in Chorlton has made it possible for us to run this much needed event. Being deaf should not be a death sentence, but all the evidence suggests that deaf people are not getting the same access to healthy lifestyle messages as hearing people.”

BSL interpreters will be present and there is an induction loop in the hall. A text relay interpreter will also be provided. Trafford CIL has step free access to a ground floor meeting space and flashing fire beacons are fitted. There is an accessible toilet and all written information will be available in a range of formats.

To book, contact Ruth for a booking form by email on r.malkin@traffordcil.co.uk or phone/text 0161 8500645.