While Scottish and Welsh Gaelic are accepted minority languages, British Sign Language is not.

As a result, when a deaf person needs to have an interpreter they can find that their ‘voice’ is someone with nothing more that a GCSE qualification in their language.

Deaf tutor Ayesha Gavin was delighted when her company Ayesha Communications won the Service category of Rossendale Business Awards, was highly commended in Customer Friendly and a finalist in Business of the Year.

She asked me to help her publicise the company’s successes, but on chatting she explained the concerns about her language not being recognised and that became the story.

The Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale Free Press also saw the merit in the angle and used the story as a page lead.

PHOTOGRAPHS Liz Henson Photography and Christabella Photography


Two major pieces of work have concluded since the last blog – Rossendale Business Awards and Stacksteads Light Up the Valley lantern procession. Both projects were ongoing for several months and I was able to attract a lot of publicity for both of my clients. Feedback from the lantern procession from the organisers Stacksteads Countryside Park Group – Thank you to you from members of Stacksteads Countryside Park Group for all your hard work in publicising this year’s Lantern Parade. It made a huge difference having a professional on board. Best wishes Susan Hayhurst, Chairperson. Read all about the procession here.

At Rossendale Business Awards, not only was a updating Facebook users on the winners of each category on the night, I was also on stage with my business in the Sole Trader category, where I was highly commended, and the Service business category where I was a finalist. Community group Weir Pride, of which I am a member, was a finalist in the Pride of our Valley category. It was a busy and rewarding night. Here’s my report of the presentation evening on the Rossendale Free Press site.

Since my last blog, one of my contracted clients Veterans In Communities had its centre burgled with heartless thieves using a Remembrance stone to smash their way in. Among the items take were hundred of pounds of deposits for a Christmas meal. On reading my stories in the Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale Free Press, the community rallied round the veterans and Christmas has been saved, thanks to generous donations.

VIC also hit the headlines with a new breakfast club, young volunteers helping to clean memorial stones for First World War soldiers, D-Day veteran Lewis wowing Cubs for Remembrance and Standards being saved in Heywood.

Schools have also been busy with a further 10 stories written for Haslingden High School including page leads about a rescue dog who is being helped by the Headteacher’s Personal Assistant, the badminton team’s success, extreme reading and gymnast James’s national success.

It has also been busy at Fearns Community Sports College where a moving Remembrance assembly was held, pupils secured a further trip to the First World War Battlefields and pupils on a trip to the University of Manchester were rewarded after delivering the best presentation.

My third contracted high school is Whitworth, where the school’s presentation evening was held, students flocked to the new science club and star pupils Charley landed a place in Lancashire’s U16 football team.

The latest JJO Journal is in creation for Rossendale’s largest employer J and J Ormerod in Bacup.

Both of my termly school newspapers have been published – the 20th edition of Northern News and the third edition of Britannia Buzz.

In between contracted work, I have also written as hoc news articles for M3 Project, Bacup Natural History Society and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School along with capturing testimonial stories and photographs for M3 Project, which have been used on social media and in literature to promote the organisation.

If you have a story to tell – give me a bell.

CSM – Highly commended in the Sole Trader category of Rossendale Business Awards. Also photographed Tanita Sims, my volunteer, and sponsor Lisa Mousley from Chic Boutique.

Picture Liz Henson Photography