Go-kart staff fast-tracked to learn sign language

STAFF at Scotland’s only indoor electric go-kart arena are on track to be trained in sign language, thanks to a £500 donation from Pacific Building.

Four staff at The Experience, at Hillington Park, Renfrewshire, will undergo courses in Makaton – a method of communicating with people who have speech and hearing difficulties using signs and symbols.

The donation is one of ten £500 grants being made to local charities by Pacific Building, who are based at Earl Haig Road, Hillington Park, to celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary.

The Experience – run by KibbleWorks, the social enterprise hub of Paisley’s Kibble Education and Care Centre – is a themed entertainment and events venue that provides vital jobs and employment training to young people.

As well as clean and emission-free adult karting, the venue, at Lothian Street, Hillington, also has a dedicated junior track for youngsters and runs a Karting with a Conscience programme providing a range of fun activities for people with additional support needs.

There are tandem karts and single-driver karts that can be adapted for disabled use.

Kibble chief executive, Graham Bell (wearing the yellow tie) said: “A big part of our ethos is to provide exciting leisure opportunities for everyone.

“The very generous donation from Pacific Building allows us to train four of our staff in Makaton, which will add great value to our Karting with a Conscience programme.

“This programme is tailored for people with physical and learning disabilities, as it’s important to us that everyone has the chance to have fun and enjoy themselves at The Experience.”

Pacific Building managing director Brian Gallacher said: “It is a noble cause to assist people in need, so we are honoured that our money will be channeled by Kibble towards this area of sign language support.”

Brian and Graham are pictured with Lynsey McLean, general manager of The Experience.

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