CALLS have been made for the police and council in Harrow to sign up to the British Sign Language (BSL) Charter.

The demands were made at a workshop held by Harrow United Deaf Club (HUDC) before its annual Halloween party on Saturday.

The BSL Charter, which contains five key pledges, aims to promote better access for deaf people by ensuring equality and encouraging local authorities and public services.

The Halloween party kicked off with a talk from guest speaker Graham Welton from the British Deaf Association about the importance of the charter.

He urged authorities in Harrow to follow the example of councils in Bristol and Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire Police, by also signing up to the charter.

It is hoped that adoption of the charter would help fully support deaf children at school, and deaf people's search for work at job centres.

Following the workshop, at Bridge Day Centre in Christchurch Avenue, Wealdstone, children and adults played Halloween games complete with food and a best outfit competition.

Harrow United Deaf Club president Asif Iqbal with guest speaker Graham Welton, who want Harrow Council and Harrow Police to sign up to the British Deaf Association's Charter
 

BSL Charter's five pledges are:

● ensure access for deaf people to information and services

● promote learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language

● support deaf children and families

● ensure staff working with deaf people can communicate effectively in BSL

● consult with the deaf community on a regular basis