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GDA's Education Centre for Deaf People

On Tuesday 7 May, GDA welcomed local councillors, other charitable organisations and friends of the charity to celebrate the launch of the new Education Centre.
 
Over 25 guests, including The Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor David Brown attended the afternoon to find out more about how the centre will be support deaf people in Gloucestershire.
 
GDA's Chief Executive Jenny Hopkins said "GDA is delighted to have launched our Education Centre to support deaf people in Gloucestershire. In the two years running up to April 2013, a third of England's councils will have made cuts in education support for deaf children. In addition there is increasing pressure on Deaf adults, who are four times more likely to be long term unemployed than hearing people, to find work"
 
"As a deaf charity we see it as our responsibility to increase our support, despite the recent financial challenges, and by setting up the Education Centre we hope to provide a facility for deaf people to learn the IT skills they will need for getting into employment or continuing their education, as well as building their confidence to become more independent".
 
Over the last few weeks GDA has been a free course for 16 people which has been covering topics such as understanding the internet, learning how to use the computer to gain the best price and using Microsoft Office. In the short time the course has been running the response has been fantastic. One student recently said "The SETIT course is brilliant as I have learnt so much. Reg Cobb is a fantastic teacher and he makes it easy for us to learn with ease. It is better to learn with a Deaf teacher".
 
Going forward GDA will be running courses aimed specifically at young deaf people. The course will provide them with support in writing CV's, knowing how to search for jobs or how to go about continuing their education. The Centre will also play host the Money Matters course GDA will be running in the coming months.
 
We are very excited about our new Education Centre and we believe it will play a major part in opening up many more opportunities for deaf people. Deaf children continue to under achieve in education and the gap between deaf children and hearing children is starting to widen again. We must act now to ensure this gap doesn't grow any further.
 
We have only been able to set up this Education Centre thanks to the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses. For the Centre to continue making a difference to the lives of deaf people in Gloucestershire, we need your help. If you would like to support the running of the Centre you can donate by:
  • Sending in a cheque, made payable to 'Gloucestershire Deaf Association' - please quote Education Centre
  • Texting EDUC01 £5 (or more if you wish) to 70070
For more information about the Education Centre please contact GDA on 01452 372999 or email admin@glosdeaf.org.uk.
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