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 is 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.
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 Barrow and and Jenny Cluley, our professionally qualified tutors, are planning to expand lipreading and managing hearing loss courses across the Charnwood and Leicestershire areas. If you would like to know more about our future plans please get in touch.
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