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30 May 2015
The subtitled film at the Mount Pub on Thursday 4 June will be
Guardians of the Galaxy. Film begins at 2.30pm.

17 April 2015
Great news - we have just received a lovely letter from the Mayor of Sefton's Office with a cheque to the sum of £259.91 to help our group. Many thanks to the Mayor of Sefton's Charity Fund.

18 December 2014
All our PMP classes are now taking a break until February 2015. The Monday class restarts on 2 February, and the Friday class begins on 6 February. Maureen and her Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

11 November 2014
Our Get-together and Annual General Meeting will be on Monday, 1 December.

23 August 2014
Certificates were presented recently for fingerspelling to the following adults: Wendy, Barbara, Claire, Veronica, Doreen and Debbie. Five children also received certificates; they were Ben, Naomi, Catherine, Joseph and Pheboe.

Subtitled films are shown for free at the Mount Pub on Manchester Road in Southport every Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm. The next film on 28 August will be Calvary. If you decide to go along with friends for lunch, it is a good idea to ring 01704 542421 to reserve a table. There is a special £4.95 meal deal, which includes a drink and ice-cream.

9 November 2013
Our last Monday session for 2013 will be on 25 November. We will have our AGM then as well. Maureen will also bring some cakes. Classes re-start on 13 January 2014.

17 October 2013
If you need to practice your lipreading skills, please check out this website: lipreadingpractice.co.uk.

Stefan, teacher of sign language to 10-12 year olds in Germany, is introducing BSL and English to his pupils. He has created lip pattern symbols to go with Valerie Sutton's Sign Writing symbols. He has been watching Maureen's DVD Basic Sign Language and has now started to teach the children English and BSL He has produced BSL Signwriting alphabet and also our group's name in sign writing, and they are on our Facebook as well as in the Great Britain dictionary on signwriting.org

19 September 2013
Good news! We have the Blue Room again at the Salvation Army on Mondays. The Brownies & Guides have moved to Tuesdays.

17 September 2013
Two weeks ago Maureen did a talk for the Trifoil Group in Crossens. She received a donation of £35, and sold some items raising £13.50.

We are hoping to be involved with the Children's University Project. We will be having a visit from one of their representatives soon.

9 August 2013
We have received £1,500 from the Community Development Foundation (cdf.org.uk). This money is to be used towaqrds venue costs, Internet use, travel and an e-book for sign language apps.

24 December 2012
Maureen wishes all members a Merry Christmas ana a Happy New Year.

We have received £203.68 from the Mayor of Sefton's Fund.

20 November 2012
Volunteer support in the community: Jonny [level 3] is going into a Birkdale infant school to support a teacher who is teaching the children the alphabet and some basic signing.

Helen Pinch [level 2] has supported a deaf lady while she attended a course on breast-feeding as the mother wants to be able to help other mothers-to-be who are deaf. Helen is also helping Maureen at Prestfield School where they are doing 4 sessions teaching Mums.

Maureen has been teaching the Brownies & Guides to sign Silent Night at the Salvation Army for the Carol Service on Sunday 16 December. Maureen is also teaching St Philips' teachers to sign Away in a Manger so they can teach the children for their Carol Service.

19 November 2012
Our last sessions for this year will be Friday 8 December & Monday 10 December. Classes restart on Monday 14 January & Friday 18 January.

From Friday 23 November we will be meeting at the Salvation Army. This is because the Joint Learning Partnership need the room we were using at the Shakespeare Centre. They need this room for extra free training courses for young people over 16 years old.

Any members who haven't attended for a while are requested to return any resources they have. Please return them to Maureen at the Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street or ring her on 01704 546626 or text 07960 984306 to arrange drop-off/pick-up.

Our Monday evening class at the Salvation Army has moved to the Blue Room, which is nearer to the street.

We have a publicity advert in this year's Southport Council Map. Please keep this if it is delivered to you. We have an advert in it, which tells people about our classes, and the pink logo marks Shakespeare Street on the map. This can be given to newcomers and people outside of the area.

3 October 2012
Our AGM was held on Monday, 24 September. Click the link to download the minutes of that meeting.

12 September 2012
Maureen has been interviewed by Hearing Times. The article is in the Autumn edition of the newspaper. It can be read at the link here. (Please note you do need to register to be able to read the article.)

22 August 2012
Please note this year's AGM will be held on 24 September at the Salvation Army Church from 7pm.

16 July 2012
Maureen will be doing a talk to the Rotary Club on 1 August. On 2 August we will be having an awareness stand at ASDA from 1 till 4pm.

4 July 2012
The talk in Thornton went extremely well. We had donations of over £100.

Stephen Walker, one of our volunteers, has passed his BSL Level 1 exams. Congratulations to him from us all.

On Thursday 5 July we will be having a stand at P.A.C.T.S. in the Gild Hall, Formby from 10am till 2pm.

4 June 2012
Starting Monday 2 July our evening classes will be held at the Salvation Army's new church on Shakespeare Street. This will be our permanent Monday evening venue. The church has disabled access and toilet as well as internet facilities and a large parking area. The cost will be considerably cheaper, which also includes our refreshments.

There is a cafe which is open weekdays until 4pm, and prices are very reasonable.

7 May 2012
This week is Deaf Awareness Week. To highlight Deaf Awareness Week, PMP will be raising awareness at Ron's Therapeutic Art Group Exhibition at Mersey Boat Club, Pilling Lane, Lydiate on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. Maureen and Mavis will be available to give out information.

Maureen will also be giving a talk on 16 May at a church near Thornton.

spreadthesign.com has been added to our Links section.

12 March 2012
Maureen has added 100s of words into the dictionary and literature sections of www.signwriting.org.uk. When you go on the website, the left Union Jack flag is the dictionary and the right Union Jack flag is the literature section.

22 February 2012
Just a reminder that the Marian Centre is NOT open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Our last date at the Centre before the summer holidays will be 25 June. The Centre will be closed ALL of July and August. However, we will be meeting at a local pub instead. Details at a later date.

We re-open at the Marian Centre on 3 September until 26 November, which will be our Christmas get-together. We will then re-open on 14 January 2013.

26 January 2012
PMP members will be giving out fliers and fingerspelling posters from their stand at Southport College at lunchtime on Monday 30 January.

7 December 2011
Our grateful thanks go to Roundelay Choir. We have received a donation of £150 from them. The choir will be singing with Marshside Brass Band at a fundraiser concert of Christmas music to raise funds for Queenscourt Hospice. This takes place on Thursday 15 December at 7.30pm at Marshside Road Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served and a collection taken on the evening.

Our Christmas get-together is on Monday 12 December at 6-8pm. This will be the last session of the year with mince pies, nibbles and chocolates. Please let Maureen know if you'll be attending the Christmas get-together or just popping in for half an hour. Maureen needs to know numbers and what you'll be bringing.

After the Christmas break, we re-open on Monday 16 January 2012, subject to weather conditions. Our free mini-courses start in the New Year; Monday 23 January at the Marian Centre 6-8pm and Friday 27 January at Joint Learning Partnership, 1.30-3.30pm. If you know anyone who is interested, please get their name to Maureen. Places are limited. As we have the space and resources at both centres, signing sessions to improve skills and support for learning other comunication skills will continue.

4 December 2011
We have received £100 from the Mayors' Fund. This will pay for the first 3 sessions at the Marian Centre in the New Year.

10 October 2011
If you'd like to make a donation to help us continue our work, this can be done via your bank and payments should be made to Practice Makes Perfect with account number 35540931. The sort code is 60-20-11.

28 September 2011
Many thanks to Adactus Housing Association who have awarded us £400 from their Neighbourhood Fund Grant. This is a restricted award and is for stationery.

20 September 2011
Maureen has received positive comments on evaluation forms completed by delegates attending BSL training at Southport College in June. All delegates enjoyed the course and all rated it excellent/good.

14 September 2011
We have been shortlisted for the NatWest CommunityForce. This supports all kinds of local projects and charities throughout England and Wales. You can find out more or vote for PMP here: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/5126

We have also been shortlisted for the Adactus Housing Foundation. Maureen is being interviewed by their panel tomorrow [15th].

UPDATE [26 Sep]: Voting has begun for NatWest CommunityForce.

7 September 2011
PMP is opening again at their new premises this Friday, 9 September 1.30-3pm at the Shakespeare Centre, Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB. Use the new lift on your left in the corner; it now goes right to the Joint Learning Centre on the 4th floor. New learners always welcome. Many thanks to the Joint Learning Partnership for their continued support.

24 August 2011
The Friday afternoon class is now closed for 2 weeks as the Joint Learning Partnership is moving to Shakespeare Street. They will be based on the 3rd floor at the Shakespeare Centre. We expect to re-start at the new venue on 9 September.

5 August 2011
Just to remind everyone that our Annual General Meeting is on Monday, 26 September at 6.15pm at the Marian Centre, Bath St North. The early start is to allow some of our members to leave early to start their BSL Level 1 course at Shoreline Church.

Our learning and practice session will be on as usual at 6pm prior to the A.G.M. Any questions for 'Any Other Business' to be included in the Agenda should be sent before 26 August to [email protected] Everyone welcome.

19 June 2011
Special offer: Maureen's DVD Basics of Sign Language will be £5 (including p&p).

Some quotes from members are now on the Classes page.

9 June 2011
Welcome to Joanne, our new volunteer, who is doing a wonderful job making our refreshments on Monday evenings.

The new Learn to Sign group at Shoreline Church is growing every week. Stephen Walker is continuing to support the group. They meet every week 730 till 9pm.

The recent talk for the U3A group was very successful. Over 70 people listened to Maureen give a short talk about why and how our group came to be started. They then joined in to learn fingerspelling and the basics of signing by singing and signing Sing a Rainbow. Everyone had the opportunity of receiving free RNID fingerspelling posters and literature. A cheque for £50 was donated to PMP. One U3A member said: "That's the most enjoyable and best talk we have ever had."

Maureen has been adding interesting sites and information she has found to our group's Facebook page. Please join and pass on information about our Facebook page.

Members, please have a look at this new website - www.signs2go.eu - it may be helpful to you.

We have recently purchased baby signing books and flash cards for both children and adults to use at our classes.

8 May 2011
For those who attended our Sutton Signwriting Workshop, you may be interested to know that Sutton Signwriting is to be presented at Gallaudet University.

19 April 2011
Sign language practice at Shoreline Church on Mornington Road takes place on Wednesdays 7.30-8.30pm. This new group, organised by Gary Foulds, got off to a good start last Wednesday [13th] with Maureen presenting a workshop.

The group is for anyone wanting to learn the basics of sign language as well as pracising with others. Christian signs will also be included. PMP members are welcome to attend and share their skills too.

Yesterday at our Monday session [18th] we had 9 new people attending, some of them children, bringing the total attendance to 25. It was a great evening.

Sadly, we are closed for the Bank Holidays. In the meantime, keep practising and see you after the holidays.

18 April 2011
A trailer for a new short film called My Song has been released. It was funded by BSLBT and will be shown online and on digital TV on 23 May.

15 April 2011
Sign Circle is hosting a camping weekend on 22-25 July at Longridge Showground. Events taking place include a drumming workshop, a play bus for kids, a climbing tower, archery, power kite flying, signer Giuseppe Giuranna and deaf comedian John Smith. Visit signcircle.org.uk for more info and order your tickets if you wish to attend.

7 April 2011
Shoreline Church is to start a Learn to Sign Group. Maureen will present the first workshop - "An Introduction to Signing" - to church members on Wednesday, 13 April at 7.30pm.

The group members want to learn the basics of sign language to be able to communicate with deaf members of the community as well as Christian signs to use in church. The new group will be encouraged to continue learning and practising sign language with the support of Practice Makes Perfect members on Monday evenings.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the church group, please contact Gary Foulds on 07540 777188 or at our Monday evening class.

5 March 2011
Diversity Day at Southport College on Wednesday, 9 March. PMP information stand in entrance 11am-3pm. Workshop in conference room at 12pm. Volunteers required to man the stand for an hour or two to give out RNID fingerspelling and sign language booklets. Please get in touch.

28 February 2011
Census 2011 takes place on 27 March. Help for deaf people with filling in the form will be available at the Information & Awareness Day on 26 March. See below for further details of this event.

28 January 2011
Subtitles are now available on the ITV Player for programmes such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale. It is their aim to have subtitles available for 70% of catch-up content.

24 January 2011
Deaf Strategies added to our Links page.

17 January 2011
Following the Christmas & New Year break, classes resume at the Marian Centre tonight at 6pm.

PMP is hosting an Information & Awareness Day on 26 March at the Lakeside Leisure Centre in Southport. This free event will run from 11am-4pm. Fairways car parking is just over the road for £1 all day.

The event aims to raise awareness to what our voluntary group has to offer for people of all ages: classes, training, workshops introducing the basics of fingerspelling, lip-reading, and sign language etc. at minimum cost. Also to raise awareness to the services, groups, organisations, training and support that is available for people who have a sensory inpairment and also to support their hearing families and friends.

We want services, teaching and communication skills groups that support people with a sensory impairment to be involved. Even businesses that supply equipment etc. If you know of or run a group or service that could be included in our event please contact Maureen on  01704 546626 or 07960 984306 (text or voice).

Please forward these event details to all your contacts and spread the news. Our Facebook page and website will be updated.

New wall display23 November 2010
New wall display and new banners set up at Joint Learning Centre, our Friday afternoon venue at 54 Bath Street.

18 November 2010
An important fire alarm product for buildings so deaf people are warned: http://www.deaf-alerter.com

17 November 2010
Suzanne, the SignWriting tutor from Holland, who presented our Workshop has started a blog to help others learn. You can find it at http://writebsl.wordpress.com

7 November 2010
Dada Festival takes place in Liverpool 18 November - 3 December.

31 October 2010
Many thanks to the Mayor's charity fund for the donation of £300 we have just received. This will enable us to continue to provide Communication and Sign language skills at our venues. Members contributions are still only £2 per session if you are working, concessions  £1. Refreshments are free.

25 October 2010
New links - Remote Captions and The Hub.

17 October 2010
Older news stories have been archived in the Newsletters section.

4 October 2010
Maureen Doyle and volunteers from Practice Makes Perfect, recent winners of The Spirit of Merseyside Award, raised awareness for "Learn to Sign Week" at the Baby and Bump event in Southport on 2 October.

Over 200 R.N.I.D. sign language booklets together with Deaf and Deaf/blind fingerspelling cards were given out to the hundreds of mums and dads who attended with their babies. Most of  the parents expressed an interest in wanting to learn "baby signing" in order to communicate with their babies before they could speak.

Maureen said "Congratulations and well done Amy and all those who participated to make it such a wonderful day and great success. This was  the best attended event organised by a member of the public that we have ever been apart of and I'm sure we will be having an increase in numbers attending our group to learn sign language and other communication skills."

The event was organised by Amy Thompson to raise funds for Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

22 September 2010
Our AGM was held on Monday, 20 September. Click the link to download the 2010 Annual Report.