THE Deaf Society has been given a massive boost with a new lift.
The lift was installed in the Sunderland branch’s building in North Bridge Street and was unveiled at a special ceremony.
Angela Gray, development officer at the society, said the lift will make a huge difference for members.
Angela, 40, said: “We have been trying to get a grant for a lift for a long time now as the stairlift that we already have was not suitable for people who couldn’t get out of their wheelchairs.
“We will be able to get a lot of our older people in to join in our events that are held upstairs.
“It also helps parents who have young children in prams, as previously the prams had to be left downstairs.
“We are hoping that now we have a lift some of our members from the past will return.”
The grant came from Ballinger Trust, which also provided cash for a ramp to aid the wheelchairs over two steps.
Angela said: “It will make a big difference as people couldn’t come on courses such as out cooking course as the kitchen is upstairs.”
The group has 252 members on their books and receives lots of visitors.
A wide variety of activities are on offer at the society, including an OAP Club every Tuesday, a youth club once a month, social nights, bingo nights, parent groups and sign classes.
For more detail about the services the society offers e-mail email@example.com.