Groups take a hands-on approach to sign language

ALL SMILES . . . happy members of the Ailsa Parents' Group proudly show off their certificates. (Ref: 120417-02A).
ALL SMILES . . . happy members of the Ailsa Parents' Group proudly show off their certificates. (Ref: 120417-02A).

TWO Motherwell community groups have literally adopted a hands-on approach - by successfully undertaking a course in sign language.

Members of the Ailsa Parents’ Group, based in the community hut behind Ailsa Nursery, and the Isa Money Community Learning and Development Group, based at the Isa Money Centre in Muirhouse, both completed the Introduction to Sign Language SQA course delivered by tutor Sandra Wallace from Coatbridge College.

The groups, supported by North Lanarkshire Council community learning and development staff Michelle Malarkey and Peter McNally, took part in 20 weeks of community-based learning between September last year and March this year.

And their efforts were recognised last week when they were presented with certificates for successfully completing the course.

Among those who gained special recognition was 22-month-old Declan Fleming whose mother Pamela is a member of the Ailsa Parents’ Group.

Declan amazed everyone with his ability to sign, with support from his mum, and has started his journey through lifelong learning earlier than most.

The course is the latest learning opportunity the group has taken part in, complimenting the successful completion of other courses, including Health Issues in the Community, Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, Speakeasy and Living Life to the Full.