COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund helps support deaf children and families

The front cover of the book According to Arthur. There is a man standing on a blue and yellow background with two balloons either side of him.

Posted on: 11 May 2020

The PaddleBoat Theatre Company in Exeter has used grant funding from Devon County Council’s Prompt Action Fund to create sign supported videos and online activities for deaf children and their families during lockdown.

The project received a £400 grant which helped them to create a sign supported video storytelling of their book ‘According to Arthur’ and three sign supported, online drama activity videos based on the story, including ‘Puppetry’ and ‘Acting and Miming’.

Sign Supported English (SSE) is not the same as British Sign Language but uses signs borrowed from it that follow spoken English. The project chose to use this so that deaf children can access the same as their hearing parents or siblings.

Photo of Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I’m glad to hear about the positive impact our grant funding is having within Devon’s communities during these challenging times. PaddleBoat Theatre Company is doing excellent work to support deaf children and families and help them feel connected. It’s good to be able to raise awareness of their project, especially as it was Deaf Awareness Week last week.”

In a video produced in time for Deaf Awareness Week (4-10 May 2020), Katy from PaddleBoat Theatre Company explains more about the project.

You can find out more about the video storytelling and activities on the PaddleBoat Theatre Company website.

To find out more about the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund visit our website.

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