A hard of hearing group in Bury St Edmunds has hosted a special garden party for its past and present supporters.
The newly formed Bury St Edmunds District Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association was until two months ago part of the Suffolk Deaf Association (SDA).
But the group has now become its own independent charity and is looking to get the word out that they are here to help.
On Wednesday, the organisation held a special garden party at the Deaf Centre on Northgate Street in Bury, inviting Mayor of St Edmundsbury Robert Everitt, local councillors and members of the SDA to pop down and visit.
Organiser Jane Frost said: “The garden party went really well.
“The mayor even tried a bit of sign language himself and said goodbye to everyone using it at the end. Everyone was chatting and signing along, it was a lovely party.
“Because this is the first event we have organised on our own we asked lots of people to come and see us.
“We want to let people know we are here to help.
“You don’t even have to be hard of hearing for have a hearing disability to come along as a supporter.
“We are happy to have lots of people come along - the more the merrier.”
The group meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month, organising excurisions,social get-togethers and a variety of signing and lip reading classes.
In February, the group are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SDA Bury branch with a meal at the Athenaeum.