The Gay Men’s Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men, from the National Lottery.

The money has come from Awards for All, and will mean that for the first time deaf gay men will be able to access any of GMFA’s range of courses.

“Deaf gay men are a sizeable and valuable part of our community,” said GMFA spokesman Matthew Hodson.

“But research indicates that they often have difficulty in accessing gay specific health information, including the services that groups such as GMFA provide. This award now means that deaf gay men can come on any of our courses and pick up the kind of skills for gay life that none of us are taught at school.”

GMFA previously collaborated with the Brothers and Sisters Club, a social group for deaf lesbians and gay men.