Southwark parkrun helps people with hearing difficulties to get involved

Admin (18 August, 2017)

Southwark parkrun is encouraging people with hearing difficulties to get involved in the free weekly event. A sign language interpreter will help give a briefing before the timed 5k run tomorrow morning to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Run director Lynda Cameron, 29, said the team at Southwark parkrun has always strived ...

18632Southwark parkrun volunteers with run director Lynda Cameron (centre)

Southwark parkrun is encouraging people with hearing difficulties to get involved in the free weekly event.

A sign language interpreter will help give a briefing before the timed 5k run tomorrow morning to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Run director Lynda Cameron, 29, said the team at Southwark parkrun has always strived to be as inclusive as possible.

“parkrun has really been driving to make its events as inclusive as possible and we really live by that in Southwark,” said the pharmacist, who has been a regular at the event for the past two years.

“In line with that, we had a request from Parallel London [the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event] to ask whether they could come along this weekend.

“We thought we need to be as inclusive as possible so we put the call out to see if anybody could sign for us.

Southwark parkrun run director Lynda Cameron

“We are really fortunate somebody who’s on the register of approved sign language interpreters is a keen parkrunner at Mile End so she is coming along.”

The team has asked runners to arrive for a slightly earlier briefing in Southwark Park at 8.45am tomorrow.

Lynda will give the briefing while the interpreter signs it to the runners.

Any visually or physically-impaired runners are also encouraged to try out the event – but Lynda advised it would be useful to check out the course first.

“We pride ourselves on being inclusive and hope to be as inclusive as possible every Saturday,” she said.

“A couple of weeks ago when somebody emailed us in advance and said they would love to do it and asked if they could have a guide runner, we bent over backwards to find one and we ended up with four or five people who were more than happy to help.

“Last year we also had some training from a charity to make sure that some of our volunteers are trained in being a visual impairment guide.

“If someone asks and we can’t get someone to sign on the day then we could send them the information in advance.

“We’ve got a wonderful team of volunteers and we are going to have about 26 people volunteering tomorrow.”

For more information, visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/southwark/

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