Conor McGinn MP visited the Happy Hands group based in St Helens. Happy Hands supports families and children who are deaf, hard of hearing or have communication difficulties through a disability.
The group, funded through Children in Need, is based at the Deaf Resource Centre on Dentons Green Road. It meets every week to provide support and information for families as well as days out and activities for the children to increase self-confidence and improve communication.
Conor visited the centre to meet the children attending the group, parents and volunteers and discuss the work they do, and some of the issues faced by the local deaf community.\n
“I would like to thank Joa Lee for the invitation to visit the group, they are providing an excellent and important service.
“The opportunity for parents to find support and for their children to meet, play together and take part in activities is invaluable. The young people certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.
“The visit was also an opportunity to talk to their parents about some of the issues facing the Deaf community.
“That the Department for Work and Pensions has failed to provide interpreters at benefits assessments is seriously concerning.\n”It is important that Government and the public are aware issues facing the Deaf community. I will continue support Happy Hands and help in any way I can.”