A group from the Forth Valley Sensory Center takes to the water

Eleven members of the Redbrae Road facility’s Talk and Sign group, which aims to combat isolation and bring deaf and hard of hearing people together, recently caused a stir in Kinghorn by trying out paddle boarding.

Linsey Stocks, FVSC Group Coordinator, said: “Our paddleboard trip went brilliantly and everyone who took part had a great time. It was their first time trying the activity for the majority of our Talk and Sign members, and everyone said they loved it and would love to go back.

“Being deaf or hard of hearing has the potential to be isolating, so our group is designed to bring people together to participate in fun activities, using British Sign Language.” At FVSC we try to cover many topics and activities with our groups. , so there is hopefully something for all users of our center to participate or get involved.

Members of the Forth Valley Sensory Center Talk and Sign group take to the water to paddle board

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The Talk and Sign group is a mix of ages and allows people with hearing loss to try new things and make friends.

It meets on the third Monday of each month and events are organized by Linsey and volunteer Laura Stewart.

Members have already visited the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Police College, as well as an escape room.

Members also attended various theatrical productions and participated in walks, craft and weaving classes.