BSL training for HIT staff and volunteers

On the 25th of January, HIT workshop leaders and volunteers attended a basic introduction to sign language training day led by Emma from Heathlands BSL Centre.

On the 25th of January, HIT workshop leaders and volunteers attended
a basic introduction to sign language training day led by Emma from Heathlands BSL Centre. The training involved using ear defenders to get a better understanding of lip reading and using sign language as a form of communication.

The workshop leaders and volunteers found the day very insightful and felt it could improve the way they communicate with participants at our theatre groups. Eloise, HIT’s Workshop Coordinator said, “Completing BSL training has really helped me to understand my participants better. It has made me realise times when they have been trying to communicate with me but I haven’t understood as I didn’t have any BSL skills. It has opened my eyes to how effective it is as a way of communication, and how even some basic sign language can help when interacting with those who struggle with speech.”