Hands That Talk have recognised the hard work of volunteers at a recent event at their centre in Dungiven.
The event celebrated the valuable contribution of all volunteers over the course of the past year.
On the night Sinn Fein’s Cathal Ó hOisín presented certificates to all volunteers who have helped Hands That Talk in a variety of ways including administrative work, fundraising, performing in the Signing Choir and helping to run the group’s Charity shop “2nd Avenue.”
The SDLP’s Gerry Mullan also presented certificates to Deaf members who recently participated in a six-week ‘Mindfulness’ course and to six Deaf members who undertook further training to deliver ‘Mindfulness’ within their own community.
“Practising Mindfulness is a very beneficial exercise as it improves self esteem and builds confidence, however, for it to have a lasting impact this learning needs to be incorporated into everyday life,” said a spokesperson.
“Therefore, the new trainers have made the decision to establish monthly Mindfulness sessions for Deaf members. At these sessions participants will discuss how they live mindfully and also practice meditation, Tai Chi, yoga and other mindfulness activities.
“This is the first time in Northern Ireland where Deaf people have been empowered to deliver an Introductory Mindfulness course to their own community and furthermore it is the first Mindfulness group to be set up within the Deaf Community.
“Hands that Talk is extremely proud of their member’s achievements.”
Other guests included Councillor Sean McGlinchey, Catherine Farrimond, Community Support Officer and Ashley Schenning from LCDI.
Refreshments were served and an enjoyable evening was had by all.