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The current Loughborough lipreading class is organised for members of the deaf/hard of hearing
community in Loughborough and district.
When: Every Thursday
Where: Meeting Room at Loughborough Library, Granby Street LE11 3DZ
Our class is well attended but we are a friendly group and welcome hard of hearing people as well as those who have some experience of lipreading.
NB. We may be starting a new class in Loughborough in 2020 – watch this space!
Term dates for 2019/20
Autumn term 2019: Starting 19 September - last meeting 5 December (Half term break 24 October)
Winter term 2020: Starting 9 January - last meeting 2 April (Half term break 20 February)
Spring term 2020: Starting 23 April - last meeting 11th June (Half term 28th May)
How the Loughborough Class started!
This class had been available in Loughborough for many years but, for various reasons, classes ceased in 2010. The class members found the class so uplifting and made a huge improvement to their communication skills that they were determined to organise their own lipreading group. The members sought out an ATLA qualified tutor and grants for accommodation, tutor fees etc. and the new course re-started in January 2011!
The Loughborough lipreading group are indebted to Loughborough University, the Rotary Club of Loughborough and Charnwood Borough Council for their pioneering financial support that made the relaunch of our first lipreading class possible. Subsequently classes were sponsored by The Helen Jean Cope Charity, The Henry Smith Charity, the Freemasons Beacon Lodge and the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Lodge. (Add image links to all the above supporters)
During this time the class has grown to meet increasing demand from the hard of hearing community and the generosity of these benefactors is wholeheartedly appreciated.
As our class sizes continue to grow and it is evident that there is a demand for more classes. However, there is a shortage of lipreading teachers, but with the tremendous support of local organisations, we have been able to fund the professional training costs for an additional lipreading teacher.
Helen and Jenny (trainees) have been accepted on the City Lit course for lipreading teacher training. Once they have completed their training, we will be able to expand our Lipreading courses across the East Midlands. If you would like to know more about our future plans please get in touch.