Deaf charity volunteers get ready for bilingual wedding

2 June 2016

As the UK celebrates Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June), a couple from Staffordshire whose love blossomed while volunteering for the National Deaf Children’s Society are preparing to get married this month.

Verity Samal, a support worker from Stoke-on-Trent, with a background in sign language has volunteered for the National Deaf Children’s Society for almost a decade. She met her fiancé Scott Grant, who is deaf, five years ago when she encouraged him to also volunteer for the charity.

Having no experience of deafness in her family, Verity became interested in different ways to communicate when she was a teenager and started to learn British Sign Language (BSL) when she was 13 years old.

Verity said: “I studied Social Care and Deaf Studies while at university and it was my tutor that told me about volunteering opportunities at the National Deaf Children’s Society.  So in 2006 I began volunteering as a youth support volunteer for the charity and have never looked back!  Five years ago I met Scott and I encouraged him to volunteer with me as I always got so much out of it. He was based in Scotland at the time so it also meant we got time to see each other, although no one knew we were a couple at the time.”

 

Scott, a furniture maker who is from a mixed deaf and hearing family said: “When I met Verity I’d never volunteered anywhere before but she always had such great stories about supporting deaf children and families at the various events that I wanted to get involved, too.

“You really do gain so much from volunteering. I’ve witnessed deaf children’s confidence sky rocket after a weekend with the charity and it feels fantastic to be part of that”.

 

Kate Goddard, Volunteer Development Manager from the National Deaf Children’s Society said, “We rely on more than 700 volunteers in a variety of roles across the organisation to help us encourage and support deaf children and young people to realise their potential.  It’s fantastic to see that our star volunteers, Verity and Scott, will tie the knot in front of many of their volunteering friends later this month. We wish them all the best with their bilingual wedding!”

 

The couple will have their bilingual wedding (in English and BSL) in Scotland on 24 June.

If you’d like to volunteer for the National Deaf Children’s Society, go to www.ndcs.org.uk/volunteer.

 

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For further information please contact Charlie Coombes, Senior Media Officer, on 020 7014 1149  Charlotte.coombes@ndcs.org.uk

 

Notes to editors

·         The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.

·         There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.

·         The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

·         For more information visit www.ndcs.org.uk.  For further support, parents can contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email helpline@ndcs.org.uk, or chat online at www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat

 

 

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