‘Hands That Talk’ through to National Lottery finals

Board and staff members of Hands That Talk during presentation night recently. 2707SJ6-HTT
Board and staff members of Hands That Talk during presentation night recently. 2707SJ6-HTT

Dungiven organisation, Hands That Talk, is through to the finals of The National Lottery Awards.

The group’s Lottery-funded project “Breaking down the barriers to Social Inclusion” is one of only three projects to make it through to the finals in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category of the National Lottery Awards and is the only project to make it through in that category from Northern Ireland.

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.

A public vote was held in June to decide the finalists and Hands That Talk won enough votes from the public to beat off competition from all around the UK. They will now go up against two other finalists for the UK’s Best Voluntary/Charity Project.

Emma McGill, Executive Officer of Hands That Talk adds, “Lottery funding has been crucial to our project and it’s great to have the opportunity, through The National Lottery Awards, to highlight the difference that money has made. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us. It’s a huge achievement and we hope people will support us again when the voting for the finals re-opens in September. To win a National Lottery Award would be a massive boost for Hands That Talk. It would promote our fantastic work and raise awareness of deaf culture and the problems faced by deaf people in everyday life”.

Hands That Talk improves the quality of life for deaf people by providing access to employment, education and services. It has also enabled the Deaf Community to experience a much more deaf aware society where communication barriers have been broken down and opportunities exist for personal growth and confidence building. The project has helped to train much needed new interpreters, therefore giving the Deaf Community increased access to communication support.

There are seven categories in the Awards, which reflect the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education (in association with Best magazine) and voluntary/charity. There will be one winner in each category which will be decided by a final round of public voting in September. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One, as well as a £2,000 cash prize1 to spend on their project. For more information on the Awards finalists visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards