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Inaugural deaf awareness event in Lowestoft is a ‘real celebration’

PUBLISHED: 14:37 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 19 May 2017

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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Organisers of an inaugural event have hailed it as “a real celebration.”

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Warren School signing choir, Andy the Clown and various charities were part of the successful deaf awareness event, which was held at the conference room in Riverside offices in Lowestoft on Monday.

The event was organised as part of deaf awareness week, and it attracted a fine turnout as many children, young people, charities, organisations and the public came together to see what services are available for deaf people.

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Melissa Julings, from the Sensory and Communication Service, said: “It has been so busy – a real celebration. We have had lots of young children from across Suffolk attend and promoting independence really helps them. Hopefully it will become an annual event.”

The event helped to promote independence and allowed children and young people to meet and share their experiences of being deaf with others.

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

And at the end of a successful day, outgoing vice chairman of Waveney District Council, Caroline Topping, addressed those present. She said: “There are approximately 10 million people in this country with a hearing loss. There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK and 20 million deaf children in the world.

“Four babies are born deaf every day. It may impact their language development, listening skills, attention and concentration, literacy skills, working memory, incidental learning, social skills, self esteem and difficulties in following group conversations.

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

“The sensory and communication team for Suffolk County Council promise to support children and young people who have a sensory loss by offering them and their families outstanding services based on expert knowledge, also they support educational settings in meeting the needs of children with speech language and communication needs.”

Praise was reserved for those involved with the event, and those sponsoring the event, with Mrs Topping then presenting prizes to the various colouring competition winners, primary school quiz winners, secondary school quiz winners and adult quiz winners.

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Mrs Topping added: “Thank you very much for attending, I hope you have had a wonderful day. 
Lets hope we do another one next year.”

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. The Warren School signing choir performing at the event. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDeaf Awareness Week event at Riverside, Lowestoft. Andy the Clown entertaining the audience. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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