Older people boosted by deaf charity's grant
Older people who are deaf or hard of hearing will receive greater help from a charity thanks to a new pot of funding.
The Gloucestershire Deaf Association, based at Barnwood, has been boosted by a £80,900 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation.
The two year funding will pay for training workshops around money issues for older deaf people who use British Sign Language in Gloucestershire.
Deaf awareness training workshops and the introduction of video relay interpreting will also form part of the project.
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The grant will go towards salaries for a deaf trainer, deaf support worker and interpreters, as well as venue hire and technical support.
Chief executive Jenny Hopkins said: "We want to enable hearing impaired older people to participate fully in the community.
"We provide practical, as well as emotional support. This grant will allow us to continue to improve the quality of life and independence and social inclusion for older people."
The grant comes as one in five older people now live below the poverty line.