Community aid

First published in Letters

On behalf of our local community, can I thank Sainsbury’s, Pontllanfraith for their generous donation of £500 to a local primary school. The donation was used to buy iPads and textiles for the schoolchildren to train older people how to use technology while the older people could teach the children how to crochet and knit. This is an excellent initiative helping local people develop skills across the generational divide and Sainsbury’s, Pontllanfraith are doing a great job in serving our community in Islwyn.

Cllr Gez Kirby, Pontllanfraith Ward

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2:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

I'm a bit concerned Sainsbury's and others are collecting for deaf charities and deaf dogs, as these are unnecessary 'extras' that don't address any definitive deaf need. OK dog lovers abound, but, they are poor conversationalists, cannot translate to deaf in sign, or answer a telephone, they may well alert you to someone at the door, but then ? Their value is just as a pet, however should we be collecting money to give people pets ? where would that end ? Factually no deaf people want any handouts, they could do with your awareness and understanding about how communication is hard for them, but, that costs you nothing, but time. Maybe people would prefer to pay us to stay away......
I'm a bit concerned Sainsbury's and others are collecting for deaf charities and deaf dogs, as these are unnecessary 'extras' that don't address any definitive deaf need. OK dog lovers abound, but, they are poor conversationalists, cannot translate to deaf in sign, or answer a telephone, they may well alert you to someone at the door, but then ? Their value is just as a pet, however should we be collecting money to give people pets ? where would that end ? Factually no deaf people want any handouts, they could do with your awareness and understanding about how communication is hard for them, but, that costs you nothing, but time. Maybe people would prefer to pay us to stay away...... Mervyn James
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