Free British Sign Language lockdown course for Greater Manchester

Date published: 16 February 2021

A new initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill is now available to residents of Greater Manchester.

Signs4Life aims to help people communicate and engage with children and adults who may have hearing impairments and is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access.

The scheme is also working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision. 

Hana Riaz, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains: “There are more than 9 million hearing-impaired people registered in the UK. We have already worked with Manchester Youth Justice, Families Together, the local NHS, and Royal Mail.

"We wanted to open our programmes to the general public who might also have an interest in learning sign language, especially now that many people are stuck at home during this third lockdown.

"We are offering a free 6-week British Sign Language programme which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”.

For more details on the free community programme, due to start after Easter half-term, please email Hana on with the subject line as 'Greater Manchester'.

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