Pictures: Deaf awareness week held in Weston

PUBLISHED: 10:37 23 May 2018

Pupils using finger spelling to spell out the name of Lucy Brewer's hearing dog Cassie.

Pupils using finger spelling to spell out the name of Lucy Brewer's hearing dog Cassie.

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British Sign Language teacher Emm Sharpe, Weston College, with some pupils.British Sign Language teacher Emm Sharpe, Weston College, with some pupils.

Events were held in Weston-super-Mare for deaf awareness week.

The support available to deaf people, and the work organisations do, was highlighted last week.

British Sign Language teacher Emm Sharpe, Weston College, with some pupils.British Sign Language teacher Emm Sharpe, Weston College, with some pupils.

The week’s events started with a launch in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, where North Somerset Council’s new chairman David Jolley spent time getting to know members of the deaf community.

The events included a ‘meet the services’ day at the Town Hall, where various organisations showcased their services and offered free hearing checks.

Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dog, Gus and owner Helen Baker.Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dog, Gus and owner Helen Baker.

Hearing Dogs For The Deaf attended, and mayor Jos Holder met some of its dogs.

Hearing Dogs is one of the charities Cllr Holder has been supporting throughout her mayoral year.

Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dog, Gus and owner Helen Baker.Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dog, Gus and owner Helen Baker.

Schoolchildren were also given sign language lessons, with storytellers and interpreters visiting Uphill, Ashcombe, Worle Village and Mendip Green primary schools.

Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dogs, Sable and Gus and their owners Emily Edwards and Helen Baker, also pictured are Graham Daynes Hearing Dogs volunteer, Lucy Stratton from the Fire Service community support team, Maggie Kirkup from Action on Hearing Loss and Bridie Collier from North Somerset Citizen Advice.Mayor Jos Holder meeting hearing dogs, Sable and Gus and their owners Emily Edwards and Helen Baker, also pictured are Graham Daynes Hearing Dogs volunteer, Lucy Stratton from the Fire Service community support team, Maggie Kirkup from Action on Hearing Loss and Bridie Collier from North Somerset Citizen Advice.

Deaf Awareness Week was launched at the shopping centre.Deaf Awareness Week was launched at the shopping centre.

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