Sunday, September 06, 2009

Fond farewell for deaf group social worker

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A SOCIAL worker who spent 22 years with Scarborough and District Deaf Club has retired.
Les Arrowsmith, 60, was given a special send-off by his friends and colleagues at the club’s base in Elders Street.

The evening was attended by members new and old, some of who Mr Arrowsmith had not seen for a long time.

He was also presented with a bottle of whisky by Roger Keeling of Scarborough’s Hard of Hearing Society, which is also known as the Welcome Ear group.

Mr Arrowsmith said: “I really enjoyed the job and am sad to leave, but I’ve had to step down due to ill health.

“My role was to help where necessary with communication difficulties and to help deaf people to integrate with hearing people.

“We would look at issues of employment and equality, predominantly with hearing impaired people and especially the elderly.”

During his time with the club, Mr Arrowsmith set up a social work surgery which took place on Monday evenings.

He said: “I felt that deaf people had difficulties like the rest of us which were exacerbated due to their hearing difficulties.

“I think these sessions have provided a good service and I hope they can continue.”