Call to honour those who help the deaf

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COMMUNITY groups across Sunderland and County Durham are being invited to nominate those who have helped deaf people overcome communication barriers.

Signature, a national charity which promotes excellence in communication with deaf and deaf-blind people, is looking for nominations in the eight categories of the 2013 Signature Annual Awards, which take place in November.

The awards will recognise the success stories of all those who have made an exceptional difference.

The North East shortlist will be announced on July 24, and categories include The Community Spirit, Organisational Achievement, Teacher of the Year, Learner of the Year, Young Learner of the Year for aged 16 years and under, Centre of the Year and Communication Professional of the Year.

Jim Edwards, chief executive of Signature, said: “Over the past four years, Signature Annual Award winners have shown huge determination, dedication and ingenuity in finding ways to improve the lives of deaf and deafblind people across the country.”

Entries for the awards can be submitted until June 26. For more information, visit the website at