Exmouth businesses and clubs come together to support Deaf Awareness Week
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 12 September 2018
Details of events taking place as part of a deaf awareness week to raise funds for Exmouth's new deaf academy have been revealed.
Next week The Deaf Academy – which is aiming to transform the former Rolle College site into a ‘world-class’ facility – will launch an appeal to raise £250,000 needed to finalise its new project in Exmouth.
More than 30 businesses, organisations and clubs in the town have committed to supporting the Exmouth Deaf Awareness Week.
Between Monday (September 17) and Sunday, September 23, a range of events - including British sign language lessons, a volunteer recruitment evening and silent rugby - will be taking place across the town.
Sarah Shaw, new deaf academy appeal manager, said: “We hope Exmouth Deaf Awareness Week will inspire more people, businesses and organisations in the town to become deaf aware and join us in our dreams of building a world-class Deaf Academy in Exmouth a reality.”
The six days of events will include the chance to see a trailer for the new deaf academy at The Savoy Cinema.
There will also be ‘sip and sign’ coasters at 10 cafes and bars across Exmouth. Some 24 shops in the town will also be displaying ‘thumbs up’ signs in their windows which allow people to write messages of support for the Deaf Academy.
Tom Alford, assistant manager of Caffe Nero, said: “The more we can do together as a community to help remove some of the communication barriers that deaf people might face, the more we show the rest of Britain how Exmouth is inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all.”
All week the Savoy Cinema, in The Strand, will be showing trailers of the new deaf academy.
Some 10 cafes and restaurants in the town will have purple coasters where people can place there order, find a table and scan the QR code on the ‘Sip and Sign’ coaster to view videos demonstrating simple British Sign Language (BSL).
The establishments taking part are: Caffe Nero, Spoken, Savoy Cinema, Deli on The Strand, The Merchant, The Tea Cosy, The Bayleaf, Antonios, The Mexican and The Grapevine.
People can also visit one of the town’s 24 shops to write their welcome message of support to the New Deaf Academy which will be displayed in shop and cafe windows throughout the town. The participation shops are: Caffe Nero, The Savoy Cinema, The Bayleaf, Antonios, Garners, TSB, Scarlet, Fabric Centre, Tony Price, Peacocks, Blooming Kids, Specsavers, Co-op, Tempus, EE, Boots Eyecare, Carphone Warehouse, Boots, WH Smith, New Look, Zanzibar, Poppy’s Paws, E’LIda and Roly’s Fudge.
Children from the deaf academy have painted Exmouth Deaf Awareness Week smilestones which will be hidden around the town.
On Monday (September 17), The Deaf Academy’s mascot ‘BSL Bear’ will be boarding the Stuart Line Cruises boat in Topsham at 11.15am and catching the Land Train in Exmouth town centre at noon. The bear will be visiting a number of landmarks and schools in Exmouth to say hello.
Exmouth Rugby Club’s under eights team will be making Deaf Academy-themed sandcastles on the beach from 6pm on Monday as well.
On Wednesday (September 19) there will be the opportunity to learn some basic BSL outside Caffe Nero, in The Magnolia Centre, from 1.30pm.
Then at 7pm there will be a volunteer recruitment evening held at Exmouth Rugby Club. This will be an opportunity for people to get involved with the new Deaf Academy. Anyone wanting to register to attend should ring David Wellbeloved on01395 267059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, September 22, The Deaf Academy will be getting involved in the weekly Parkrun on the seafront. The health and safety briefing will be given in BSL and the BSL Bear will be cheering runners on at the finish line.
On the same day Caffe Nero will be holding a Deaf Awareness Week colouring competition and a guess the number of sweets in the jar contest.
On Sunday, September 23, there will be silent rugby sessions held at the town’s rugby club from 10am to 11am.
Ian Harris, chairman of Exmouth RFC, said: “We want to partner with the new Deaf Academy and create positive steps towards inclusion for all.
“We believe that the town will get behind Exmouth Deaf Awareness Week and support the new Deaf Academy.”
Next month The Deaf Academy will be encouraging people to hold their own ‘cake and cuppa’ events to support their appeal. To find out more and register go to newdeafacademy.org.uk/cake
On Saturday, December 1, between 4.30pm and 7pm, there will be a Santa Sizzle fire walk in The Strand where people will have chance to test whether they can walk across hot coals.
For more information on The Deaf Academy and Deaf Awareness Week click here