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Action Deaf Youth Mayoral Family Fun Day

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has celebrated International Day of Sign Languages, Saturday 23 September by hosting a Family Fun Day at Sentry Hill, Newtownabbey for Action Deaf Youth.

Families from all over Northern Ireland enjoyed the array of activities such as Sensory Messy Play by Sensory Kids NI, a visit from Oli the Parrot and his furry and scaly friends from Jigsaw Farm. The Mini Beast hunt by Council Park Rangers, Andrew and Neil enabled the families to learn more about the Mini Beasts in our Gardens and how to spot them.

Families were also able to enjoy a tour of Sentry Hill Historic House and have refreshments and picnics in the beautiful gardens.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper said; “I was delighted to host the Action Deaf Youth Family Fun Day on the International Day of Sign Languages. Action Deaf Youth is one of my chosen charities for my term as Mayor. As a passionate advocate for the Deaf Community hosting this Fun Day enabled me to engage with Deaf families from the Borough and beyond. Listening to their experiences and sometimes challenges that they face enables me to have a greater insight to their needs and how Council can provide support.”


Julie Graham, Active Play Coordinator, Action Deaf Youth said; “Huge thanks to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for hosting an absolutely fabulous day on Saturday. There was so much for the children to do and it was simply fantastic to see so many families of deaf children old and new travelling from much further afield to join us to celebrate International Day of Sign Languages. We were especially amazed to look around and see so many parents of deaf children signing fluently. We have come such a long way here in Northern Ireland from the days when using sign language to communicate with our deaf children was discouraged.”