Lottery cash boost helps city deaf club get online

Deaf Club George Motron, Haley James, Karen Paston, Maciej Janowski, Peter Ford
Deaf Club George Motron, Haley James, Karen Paston, Maciej Janowski, Peter Ford
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A charity which provides services for deaf people in Sheffield has been awarded funding from the National Lottery for the second time.

Sheffield Central Deaf Club was awarded the grant as part of the National Lottery Good Causes scheme.

The charity arranges social activities for profoundly deaf and disabled people and their family and friends.

The £9,941 enabled it to buy five laptops, printers, office software and a projector.

Maureen Woodcock, vice-president of the club, said: “Computers are the future, aren’t they?”

Peter Ford, chairman of the club, is hoping to run two separate classes soon to teach younger deaf people and older deaf people how to use the computers.

He said older people are eager to use the technology, and are looking forward to the upcoming classes.

“They really want to learn,” added Peter.

He also hopes to begin classes soon to help young people write their CVs so they can apply for jobs online.

Sheffield Central Deaf Club was last awarded a £9,800 grant in 2011 to refurbish one of its activity rooms.

Another of the rooms at the club has been renovated using the latest grant.

“It’s a beautiful club now, thanks to National Lottery funding”, Maureen said.

Some of the money has also been used to pay for an extra fridge and freezer so more food can be prepared and stored for the café.

The club currently has 72 members of all ages and has been running for more than 30 years.

It does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on funding schemes and donations from the public.

Resources include indoor games facilities, sign language classes, ladies group, daily lunches and church meetings.

For more information about Sheffield Central Deaf Club email Peter Ford on, call 0114 2761276, or visit the club’s premises at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street.

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