Raising awareness of deafness

11:24am - 30 April 2021

North Somerset Council has set up a dedicated page on its website to mark Deaf Awareness Week next week (3-9 May).

The theme of the week is 'Coming through it together', highlighting the effect the Covid-19 pandemic has had on all of us.

"For the past seven years we’ve celebrated Deaf Awareness Week in North Somerset with the deaf community and a wide range of organisations, voluntary groups and local schools," said Cllr Mike Bell, the council's executive member for adult services, health and housing.

"Unfortunately for the second year running we're unable to hold face-to-face events because of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, but we still want to mark this important event."

The aims of the week are to let deaf people know about all the social groups and specialist services available to them and to promote deaf awareness among the general public.

The council's dedicated webpage - www.n-somerset.gov.uk/daw2021 - includes information and contact details of the many organisations and support groups who provide services to the deaf community in North Somerset.

It also features a selection of stories from members of the local deaf community about their experiences and a couple of classic stories for primary school children signed in British Sign Language (BSL) with spoken English.