Last push for Hands That Talk Lottery award

The public are urged to get voting this weekend as the Hands That Talk team make a final effort to secure first place in the National Lottery Best Voluntary/Charity Project.

The Dungiven-based charity is down to the final three contestants in the category and Denise McConnell Dillon wants to make sure the charity secures first place. For that to happen, the public must vote and vote often as voting for the finals closes at midday on Monday 26 September.

“Lottery funding has been crucial to our project and it’s great to have the opportunity, through National Lottery Awards, to highlight the difference that the money has made,” said executive officer Denise McConnell-Dillon.

“Thank you to everyone who has voted so far, but please keep voting. To win this 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 barriers 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, giving the Deaf Community increased access to communication support.

New sign language courses and deaf awareness are also starting in Dungiven soon and if you would like any information please e-mail or call 028777 42776 or go to

To register a vote for Hands That Talk call 0844 836 9736 or log onto