Deaf News: Campaigners bid to save Cornwall’s only Deaf centre

Posted on June 7, 2016

A campaign has started aimed at saving Cornwall’s last Deaf club.

The centre features in this clip from the BSL Zone, explaining how local volunteers helped it survive.

A report from The Plymouth Herald says:

Campaigners have launched a crowdfunding bid to save Cornwall’s last centre for the deaf from closure.Cornwall Deaf Centre in Camborne could fold unless financial support is found to help contend with the centre’s escalating costs.Centre secretary Jackie Goldie said: “It would be a hammer blow if Cornwall Deaf Centre was to shut and horrendous for all our users.”

Concerned users have been quick to back a Crowdfunding campaign to try and secure its long-term future. It has been set up by Carleen Collins, one of the sign language interpreters for Cornwall, who operates at the centre.

She said: “It is the only centre for deaf people in the county, and a place where deaf people can meet and communicate in sign language.

“The centre receives no regular funding or grants from anywhere and if the doors close, that is the end of the luncheon club, social events, bingo, Christmas parties for deaf children, and the escape from the very often isolated (hearing) world users live in.”

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