Construction firm invests in Deaf awareness training
Published by HearFirst for HearFirst in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Staff from Casey who attended the one day training course in British Sign Language by HearFirst
A construction firm specialising in the refurbishment of social housing, new developments, landscaping and environmental works has invested in Deaf awareness training for its staff.
A selection of front line members of staff from Casey attended the one day training course in British Sign Language (BSL).
The in-house course, which was delivered by training specialists HearFirst, was organised by company bosses to improve communication between staff and residents who are deaf, deafened, deafblind or hard of hearing.
The company, which is based in Rochdale and has 300 members of staff, work with clients to deliver home improvement works to people’s homes and external environments. The course was chosen as one that could further improve the skills and awareness of staff who may deal with people with disabilities in their everyday role.
Debbie Hubbard, Corporate Services at Casey said: “The course gave us a good introduction to BSL, but also covered many of the issues that you should be aware of when dealing with deaf people or those who are hard of hearing.
“Sign language is a useful skill to have and I know that the staff who attended the course found it really useful and feel that it will help them in future. By investing in staff training, it demonstrates our commitment to our clients and our ethos of caring for the community.”
Roy Looms, Resident Liaison Officer at Casey has been working at the company for nine years and attended the training course. He said: “I learned a little bit of sign language when I was about sixteen, but really only the alphabet. More recently I had an experience with a deaf resident where I tried to sign all the letters of the words, as if I was speaking them. It was very difficult and the resident understood more from reading my lips than from my signing.
“After attending the HearFirst course, I now understand that BSL uses fewer words, and not always in the same order that I would speak them. If you know the vocabulary, that makes it much easier. I didn’t think I would learn too much on a one day course, but I was really surprised at how much we managed to do. The trainers taught us words that are relevant to what we do at Casey. It was a really great course, and I’ve since been on the BSL website to learn some more.”
Julie Ryder, Director and Founder of HearFirst, said: “More and more organisations such as Casey recognise the importance of delivering a quality service to all residents regardless of their disability.
“Our goal with all HearFirst courses is to provide value for money, thought provoking, fun and interesting training that motivates and inspires people to make real changes for real people.
“We tailored the course specifically for their staff and the residents that they may work with in future. We have just recently delivered similar training courses to housing associations such as Progress Housing and Great Places Housing Group and like them, the staff at Casey were really keen to learn and embraced the course.”
Casey produced a small video after the session which can be viewed on You Tube at the following link: http://youtu.be/RMZsHlMJQ7A
For more information on equality and diversity and disability awareness training in the workplace, please contact Julie Ryder at HearFirst on 01706 872816 or visit www.hearfirst.org.uk.