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New Deaf Café prepares to open doors

A Deaf Café will be launched by Wolverhampton Adult Education Service next month.

It will meet every other Thursday during term time from 6 November between 1pm to 3pm at the Adult Education Service's Foyer Café, with staff on hand to take orders for soups, jacket potatoes, panini, hot and cold drinks and more using British Sign Language (BSL).

One in 7 people in the UK have some form of hearing loss and Deaf Cafés are one way of trying to combat the isolation which can result.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "Being deaf or hard of hearing shouldn't be a barrier to learning, and I'm delighted that the Adult Education Service is doing all it can to make its customers feel welcome.

"The café staff have just started learning BSL and hope to be able to sign everything on the menu for their customers.

"This is another step towards making Wolverhampton a friendly, inclusive place to live, work and study."

The Foyer Café is at the Foyer Building, Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton and is open during term time from 9am to 3.45pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 1.15pm on Fridays.

  • released: Friday 17 October, 2014