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Staff at Sainsburys in Leek learn sign language

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Staff at Sainsburys in Leek are learning sign language.

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Staff at a Leek supermarket have been learning how to communicate with customers and colleagues who are hard of hearing.

Sainsbury's Leek is working in partnership with Leek and Buxton College and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers to run a Sign Language workshop for staff.

The workshops came to fruition as staff wanted to support one of their colleagues on the clothing department.

Staff are now using their own time to attend the classes.

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Store Manager Julie Hatton said: "So far they have done three sessions out of 10.

"They have learned to sign the alphabet and their names, along with phrases such as where they work, where the toilet is, what department they work on, how to get around the store, how to ask for debit card, giving change, what they do outside of work."

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