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Deaf Awareness Training Enjoyed by BCF Partners

Black Country Futures (BCF) expert delivery partner, Zebra Access, have recently provided free bite-sized deaf awareness training to their fellow partner organisations. Delivered across 3 separate sessions via remote technology, this training was carried out as part of their commitment to promoting social inclusion for those with sensory impairments.

Bob Marsh, Employment Officer at Zebra Access, facilitated the 90 minute sessions in order to fit around the very busy schedules of delegates, whilst ensuring they were able to learn and benefit from the training being delivered.

Commenting on these sessions, Bob said: “It was a privilege to provide the training and also get to meet some of our counterparts on the BCF project. I wanted to make the sessions informative, inspirational and above all, fun for our participants to enjoy in a short space of time. I feel we achieved our objective!”

The feedback received was resoundingly positive and encouraging:

“I found the training to be very valuable and fun at the same time. It was great that Bob could share his own experiences with us as well, providing us with further insight. I will recommend this training to my colleagues and encourage them to attend.” 
Georgina Ball, Manor Farm


“As a result of this training, I have a better understanding and feel I can now do more in the future for our participants who may have hearing difficulties, especially towards engagement.”
Harjinder Jheet, WELL Training

All participants said it was their first time attending an online deaf awareness session, and found it both comfortable and easy to participate in the training remotely. Furthermore, they all said they would recommend these bite-sized deaf awareness sessions to others.

Zebra Access are a specialised organisation that offers support to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, offering communication assistance by way of British Sign Language, Signed Support English and international Sign Language. If you would like more information about their future bite-sized deaf awareness training sessions, please contact Bob via email: bob@zebra-access.com. Alternatively, you can visit: www.zebra-access.com.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Black Country Futures is an employability outreach project that raises aspirations, develops personal and employability skills, and improves the economic stability of participants, enabling them to achieve their true potential. For more information, please visit: stepstowork.co.uk/black-country-futures/.