In 2019, City Lit will celebrate its centenary. When it opened in 1919, City Lit offered classes in lipreading for soldiers who had acquired hearing loss from shelling in the First World War. And is now launching its #HearMyLips lipreading campaign is the focus for its year.
Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry CBE RA, says: ‘By 2031 one in five of us will have hearing loss so that’s 14 million people. So I want your support on the City Lit lipreading campaign Hear My Lips because this could really help you in all situations. I myself have quite significant hearing loss,and social situations can be very tricky even with hearing aids. So support the City Lit Hear My Lips lipreading campaign’.
Grayson Perry CBE RA
With a century of expertise, City Lit is one of only three centres in the UK delivering lipreading training. It says we need to train more teachers to teach more lipreading classes nationwide.
Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP says:
‘I want to congratulate City Lit on their 100th year, and the landmark achievement of reaching a Centenary. It marks a century of commitment to London, as City Lit has adapted and innovated to meet London’s changing needs and to make a difference to the lives of those who live there.’
‘City Lit helps people overcome barriers many people experience when considering learning. It provides evening and weekend opportunities for those who work, as well as a welcoming environment and easily accessible courses.’
‘I am pleased to support the Hear My Lips campaign to help those with acquired hearing loss. I hope others are inspired by this institution that encourages learners from a variety of backgrounds to challenge themselves and unlock their inner potential, boosting their confidence and giving their creative sides a chance to grow.'
Mr Malcomson adds: ‘Our goal is to train more teachers to teach more classes nationwide. We have led the way on lipreading for 100 years, first supporting soldiers whose hearing was damaged on the battlefields of World War I. Now we aspire to help all people with acquired hearing loss manage their everyday life.’
* Short lipreading courses typically last for 10 weeks.
The population figures are mid-year estimates for 2017 from the Office for National Statistics.
Data on lipreading class availability is from The Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults.