First BSL Café set up at University encourages students to have fun while learning new skills

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A British Sign Language (BSL) café that has been set up by students at the University of Wolverhampton is proving to be a huge success, encouraging a variety of different students to learn basic BSL or practice skills they already have, while socialising and making new friends.

The café, which meets in the City Campus SU space every Wednesday from 4.30pm, has many regular attendees and has attracted lots of interest from both Interpreting and Deaf Studies students, as well as Education Studies and Biomedical Sciences.

Chloe Matthews, who set up the café said, “There is a huge Deaf community in the Midlands and the University is one of few that offers courses in Deaf Studies and BSL Interpreting. Therefore, I thought that the university should take advantage of this and provide more for its deaf and hearing students, to promote Deaf awareness and the use of British Sign Language.”

“The café aims to be a place that is casual and offers a friendly atmosphere that allows people to feel confident and comfortable to learn BSL or practice their skill.  All abilities are welcomed to come and join us, learn the basics with us and join in our conversations.”

Want to get involved with the BSL Café? Just turn up! The group meets in the SU Social Space at City Campus, every Wednesday afternoon from 4.30pm. Alternatively, if you can’t come along to the group you can get involved by following them on Facebook by searching ‘UoW BSL Café’ and Instagram by following @BSLCafe to find out the latest event information and updates.

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