Belfast Telegraph

Sweet music

By Kerry McKane

CBBC drama actress Rebecca-Anne Withey is inviting families with deaf children from the Greater Belfast area to a series of free signed song workshops.

The workshops are in collaboration with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and will take place at BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast on February 27.

At these unique sessions, supported by BBC Children In Need, families will join Miss Withey to learn and perform a variety of popular pop songs in British Sign Language. Following this, the young people will be able to create their own music video.

Leading deaf actress Rebecca-Anne Withey, who starred in the popular CBBC drama Grange Hill, commented: “Signing songs is a fun way to learn to sign while spending time with those that are closest to you.

“This is an upcoming form of expressive art and one that the young deaf people can be very proud of.”

Stacey Kilpatrick, NDCS arts officer, said: “I would urge all families with deaf children from the area to come along and join the fun.

“Deafness makes it harder for children to communicate which can be very isolating. Workshops like this allow deaf children and young people the chance to work together on a piece of art while boosting their creative skills.”

The session for deaf children and their parents is from 10am to 11.30am, and the video production session is from 12.30pm to 4:30pm. You can book your place in advance by visiting www.ndcs.org.uk/whatson.

For more information, email events@ndcs.org.uk or call 3750 7877.

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