Earlier this week Dawn Butler MP met with the Brent and Harrow United Deaf Club President Asif Iqbal MBE to discuss challenges that deaf people face in their everyday lives, along with what more can be done in Parliament to help raise awareness and improve the quality of lives for deaf people.
Dawn is able to sign having previously achieved a British Sign Language level 1 skill which meant the meeting was held without an interpreter in large parts.
The meeting concluded with Dawn agreeing to become a Brent and Harrow United Deaf Club Ambassador. As an Ambassador, Dawn promised to help to promote the great work that the group are doing and get involved with future events it will be holding.
In 2016 the Brent Deaf Club was permanently closed. It was only recently that the expansion of BHUDC to the Brent community has allowed residents to find a new club again.
Dawn Butler said: “It is a great honour to become an ambassador for the Brent and Harrow United Deaf Club My sign language skills were a little rusty but it was great to hold a meeting through sign.
Asif does such great work across our two boroughs and this work has never been more essential, we are faced with Government funding cuts which has meant that many local services and charities working with the Brent deaf community have shrunk or even closed.
Equality on all levels has always been my highest priority in the work that I do and ensuring that we protect those service for our deaf and hard of hearing people or visual impaired community is essential.”
Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Brent & Harrow United Deaf Club said: “I have had a positive meeting with Dawn and she is fully aware of the needs and barriers that deaf people face and even learnt British Sign Language level 1. Dawn is enthusiastic to work with deaf people and is delighted to put forward our voices in Parliament.”