A virtual quiz for British Sign Language (BSL) users

A virtual quiz for British Sign Language (BSL) users

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On Saturday 21st March, GDA, hosted its first virtual quiz in BSL via the charity’s Facebook page, in an effort to reach out to our communities during this period of lockdown and offer a welcome distraction from these uncertain times.

During the hour that the quiz, hosted by Reg Cobb, was live, 90 people joined in the fun, answering questions from ‘which country produces the most cheese’ to ‘what is a male elephant called’ in a bid to win the top prize of £30. Second prize was an invaluable toilet roll, while last place received a single sheet of toilet paper! The quiz was viewed over 1,500 times and reached nearly 2,000 people.

The quiz was extremely well received with people calling for more virtual events to continue to bring together the deaf community remotely throughout this crisis. GDA is now putting together a schedule with a range of virtual gatherings to help keep people entertained over the coming weeks and months.

GDA’s CEO, Sharon Bryant said; “These are incredibly testing times for everyone, but even more so for the deaf community when access to information and mainstream activities is extremely limited. GDA is working round the clock to bring information together following the daily government announcements in order to help keep people informed as to what is happening, but we also recognise the need for informal social gatherings as a way of maintaining positive emotional wellbeing. We will be finalising our schedule of upcoming virtual events shortly and we’re looking forward to sharing that with our followers very soon.”

GDA also recognises the need for the continuation of the charity’s wider services to lessen the impact of isolation. GDA has therefore set up a number of remote facilities to allow services to continue as best as possible for deaf and hard of hearing residents living in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas, including a remote interpreting service to assist our BSL community.

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