Brendan’s Bridge has joined charities across the county who are adopting the use of clear masks to improve the way they work with people with communications challenges.
The Let’s Be Clear campaign is led by Barnwood Trust and was launched to encourage practitioners across Gloucestershire to wear clear masks to reduce the barriers to communication during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Face masks help keep us all safe, but non-clear masks increase communication difficulties and isolation. They create a barrier for people who rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate, and for people who experience difficulties with speech. This includes people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people with a learning disability, a physical disability, autism, dementia, or English as a second language.