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Special anniversary for Downham Market bookshop
Lynn News - Friday 8th October 2021
"There will be celebrations at a special book shop in Downham Market later this month.
No8 The Old Bookshop has been trading in the town for five years and, more importantly, has been helping members of the deaf community throughout that time.
The high street shop raises money for the West Norfolk Deaf Association and is also a venue for hearing support for residents in and around Downham.
Despite the difficulties of the past 18 months created by the pandemic, No8 The Old Bookshop in Downham is going from strength-to-strength and will be marking the anniversary on Saturday, October 16 with cake, live music and a treat trail for children with the first clue at the shop"... READ MORE...
Deaf man didn't know why his carers stopped visiting as he 'hadn’t heard news about lockdown'
Daily Mirror - Wednesday 4th August 2021
"LONELINESS and isolation has been a growing problem for many of us over the past year, but the loss of face-to-face contact has been especially tough for deaf people.
So charities have provided vital support – and some have remained open with social distancing to assist with day-to-day tasks. These include help with bills and letters, as people who have grown up using BSL as their first language may not be able to read written English well.”
“We get a lot of people who come in with letters from the council or their insurance company, for example,” says charity worker Anna Pugh. “If you don’t use communication, you lose it,” she explains, stressing the difficulties the hearing-impaired community has faced, such as finding lip-reading impossible because of face masks"... READ MORE...
King's Lynn supermarket champion supports West Norfolk Deaf Association
Lynn News - Wednesday 5th August 2021
"Morrisons supermarket champion has gone above and beyond to help West Norfolk Deaf Association and help raise awareness of the charity. and the store is also benefiting from recent training on communication awareness and best practice.
Tania Hanks rolled up her sleeves to help the West Norfolk charity prepare its children’s area for the restarting of a summer club. She visited the Railway Road headquarters to tidy the children’s garden area which is now ready for the return of the children’s group during the holidays"... READ MORE...
Deaf Association seeks help with exhibition
Lynn News - Wednesday 21st July 2021
"The West Norfolk Deaf Association is holding a photography exhibition this autumn and is looking for people to submit their pictures on the theme of Communication.
Photography clubs and individuals are invited to take part and help raise awareness of the charity and those it supports – and their work could feature in a calendar.
“We have all experienced a separation from those we love and communication has been a major focus for all of us during the pandemic. This has been made more evident with face masks, social distancing and online meetings. For the members of our community who have hearing problems it has been particularly difficult,” said general manager Anna Pugh"... READ MORE...
Charity appealing for help with exhibition
Eastern Daily Press - Wednesday 21st July 2021
"A west Norfolk charity is appealing for help with its photography exhibition that aims to raise awareness of its work and those it supports.
The West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) is holding the exhibition this autumn and is asking people to help them by submitting pictures on the theme of communication to highlight the charity's work and also the challenges faced by people in the deaf community.
Photography clubs and amateur photographers are being invited to take part in the event at the Norfolk Creative Arts Centre at Churchill School from October 23 to 30, and 12 of the best pictures will be used to create a WNDA calendar which will be sold to help boost funds"... READ MORE...
Appeal for photos
Your Local Paper - Friday 23rd July 2021
"A King’s Lynn charity is looking for people to submit pictures on the theme of Communication for its autumn exhibition.
The West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) is inviting photography clubs and individuals to take part and help raise awareness of the charity and those it supports...
...The charity is asking for a small hanging and entrance fee to cover the cost of hiring the gallery. Twelve pictures will also be used to create a calendar to help boost funds.
The exhibition will be at the Norfolk Creative Arts Centre in Grimston from October 23 to 30.
West Norfolk Deaf Association has new leaders and a revamp
Lynn News - Wednesday 7th July 2021
"West Norfolk Deaf Association has come out of lockdown with new faces at the helm, refurbished and updated premises and plenty of ideas for connecting with the community again.
Anna Pugh was appointed as manager early in the year and brings with her more than 40 years of experience of working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
She said: ”We are excited to restart our work in the community with our fabulous team of volunteers to support NHS hearing aid wearers to make the most of their technology and communication skills. We have also just opened an earwax removal service, and relaunched the website."... READ MORE...
Businesses back West Norfolk charity's Covid lipreading plea
Lynn News - Wednesday 5th May 2021
"A charity has launched a new initiative to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by West Norfolk’s deaf community as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The requirement to wear masks in shops and other indoor settings can pose major problems for people with hearing loss, who rely on lipreading to help communicate with others.
Now, to mark this week’s Deaf Awareness Week, the West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) is leading a campaign encouraging businesses to do more to help customers who need to lipread"... READ MORE...
Campaign to raise awareness of challenges faced by deaf community launched
Eastern Daily Press - Friday 7th May 2021
"A campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing people during the pandemic has been backed by local businesses.
The West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) set up an initiative this week calling for more to be done to help the deaf community who have lost a "crucial part of communication" as a result of wearing face masks in shops and businesses. The King's Lynn based charity, which also runs the No8 The Old Bookshop in Downham Market, said lipreading becomes "impossible" for the deaf and hard of hearing in these situations, and have been campaigning to get businesses to join efforts in spreading the message about the issue"... READ MORE...
Tips on communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing
Eastern Daily Press - Tuesday 16th March 2021
"The importance of communication can’t be underestimated - being able to express your hopes, fears and dreams to others is something most people may take for granted and not even think twice about."
And communicating during a pandemic while many of us are more isolated than before highlights the importance of being able to do that effectively, with face masks posing an even greater challenge for those who rely on lip reading.
West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) has said making your voice heard becomes a "skill set" for people that are deaf of hard of hearing, adding it can be "the key to help unlock the wall of silence." ... READ MORE...
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