A lipreading class at the Middlesbrough Deaf Centre has been saved from closure after Public Health funding was secured to keep it running for free.

Not available on the NHS, the classes were funded through the community learning budget but until fees were introduced in line with increased costs across adult services.

The sessions at the centre on Middlesbrough Deaf Centre, Derwent Street, North Ormesby, are led by Action on Hearing Loss and cater to a variety of people with different levels of deafness and hearing loss from across the Tees Valley.

To find out more about the lipreading classes please call the free information line on 0808-8080123 or textphone 0808-8089000.

BOHO FIVE: Work starts in April on the construction of Boho Five, the latest building in the Boho regeneration zone in Middlesbrough town centre due to open February 2015. Contractors were appointed at the end of February for the building aimed at digital businesses which will take around ten months to complete and have the capacity to accommodate around 160 jobs.

GIRLGUIDING HELP: Volunteers are needed to help at Girlguiding Cleveland which runs weekly meetings in Stockton, Billingham, Eaglescliffe, Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby and Yarm for girls. Leaders are given training and the opportunity to complete a recognised Girlguiding leadership qualification. For more information email the county commissioner, Christine Brooks at info@girlguiding-cleveland.org.uk

LAMBING LIVE: The newest arrivals at RSPB Saltholme, at Port Clarence, Stockton, can be seen at a ‘lambing live’ event from Saturday, April 5, to Sunday, April 20, from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs £4 per car and is free to RSPB members. For more details visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme.

BEER TALK: A talk about the history of modern brewing is being delivered by local historian, Bryan Cooper, on Tuesday, April 8, from 2pm to 4pm at Stockton Central Library. He will be revealing his research into his own family’s links with brewing in the area. For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events.

SCIENCE CHAT: Cafe Scientifique meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss topical issues in the world of science and technology from 8pm to 10pm at the Arc arts centre on Dovecot Street, Stockton. Entry is free but donations are welcome. For details visit www. Cafesci-stockton.org.uk.