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To help fulfil our charitable aim of promoting sign language we also visit local
schools to put on performances and workshops. We have held full school assemblies,
and smaller group performances where the children are encouraged to interact and
thereby learn some signs. Some schools have taken part in our annual shows, and
some have been encouraged to start their own signed song group. The group now holds
free signing lessons for children or adults, please follow the link to find more
Many children sign before they can talk, and we have discovered that visiting Special
Schools encourages children to communicate with us and those that cannot sign enjoy
the entertainment. The group regularly visits The Acorns Children’s Hospice, Victoria
Special School, and Bridgetown Primary for example. Some of these children have
no other forms of communication except sign language.
Over several years Music in Motion has been involved in youth organisations e.g.
Cubs, and Brownies, helping them to learn Sign Language for their Communications
badges. Again, these groups have also been involved with our recent shows.
Other Members of the Community
Since many people find signed songs entertaining we have used this in visiting retirement
homes and sheltered accommodation schemes where the residents have enjoyed singing
and signing along with the songs. Some retirement homes have asked us to return
on a regular basis.
For several years we have supported St Mary’s Hospice in their Annual Tree of Life
Christmas Carol Concert where we sign along with the choir.
We have forged strong links with Nottingham Deaf Society, and have recently joined
forces to raise money to enable their community centre to continue the excellent
work they do within the deaf community. We also supported the Deaf Children’s Society
in Crewe and Church Eaton, at their fundraising events and were subsequently asked
as special guests to the Maidstone Deaf and Disability Centre.
Fundraising is the lifeblood of any charity and the volunteers at Music in Motion
know that the more money that is raised, the more they’re able to help those charities
that we feel committed to.
There are many ways to support the charity; you can get involved by coming along
to a performance - just see the events calendar, you can donate directly by contacting
our treasurer, John, by leaving a gift in your will or if you want to organise your
own event, then please consider us!