Lip reading teacher retires after 26 years

Carol Riley who has retired as a lip reading teacher. (s)
Carol Riley who has retired as a lip reading teacher. (s)

A lip reading teacher from Clitheroe has retired following a career spanning 26 years.

Carol Riley’s mother, Mrs Olivia Richmond, was partially deaf when Carol was born which led to a life of being deaf aware for Carol. She subsequently trained to be a lip reading teacher at Manchester University.

Carol, who strongly believes that lip reading sessions should be free to anyone who needs them, has over the years taught in Settle, Skipton, St Annes and Bispham and made many friends.

Carol’s present groups at Nelson, Preston and Clitheroe will be taught by Anne Moss who joined the Clitheroe group several years ago. She had a Cochlea implant and then decided to train as a lip reading teacher, consequently she has personal experience of the difficulties that go with hearing loss.

A lip reading “taster” session will be held in the meeting room at Clitheroe Library on Tuesday September 15th starting at 1-30 – 3-30 pm. The 26-week course which covers communication tactics and equipment as well as lip reading begins the following week. Anyone with a hearing difficulty is welcome to attend. This free course is organised by Caritas Care, Preston, and is under the guidance of Lancashire Adult Learning.

In future Carol is hoping to present deaf awareness courses to carers, residential home staff, receptionists and retail staff etc.

Carol Riley. (s)