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Deaf Association seeks help with exhibition

The West Norfolk Deaf Association is holding a photography exhibition this autumn and is looking for people to submit their pictures on the theme of Communication.

Photography clubs and individuals are invited to take part and help raise awareness of the charity and those it supports – and their work could feature in a calendar.

“We have all experienced a separation from those we love and communication has been a major focus for all of us during the pandemic. This has been made more evident with face masks, social distancing and online meetings. For the members of our community who have hearing problems it has been particularly difficult,” said general manager Anna Pugh.

The 'welcome' sign. Pictured: WNDA advocate Myra Daines with trustee Oli Kenny.
The 'welcome' sign. Pictured: WNDA advocate Myra Daines with trustee Oli Kenny.

“We thought it would be a good time to take stock and consider what communication means to you. Visual representations of how we communicate and the absence of good communication can be easily understood and recognised - you don’t have to be a professional photographer to create an image that portrays a powerful message,” she added.

The charity is asking for a small hanging fee and entrance fee to cover the cost of hiring the gallery. The catalogue will also be available on sale and 12 of the best pictures will be used to create a WNDA calendar which will be sold to help boost funds.

The Lynn-based charity also operates the popular No8 the Old Bookshop in Downham and offers a range of help, including advocacy services.

Its deaf awareness training is proving popular among local companies wanting to know more about inclusive communication and how to help those who may have hearing issues access services.

The charity has also recently renovated its Railway Road headquarters and offers room hire for organisations and clubs. It will host lipreading classes along with an Introduction to Sign Language course later this year.

Ear care clinics have also been started both in Lynn and Downham for a range of help, including ear wax removal alongside an ear health check.

The WNDA Communication exhibition will be at the Norfolk Creative Arts Centre, Churchill School, Gayton Road, Grimston from October 23 to 30. If you would like to take part in the exhibition, please contact WNDA on 01553 773399 or email info@wnda.org.uk

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