DEAF DIRECT BOOSTED BY DONATION FROM THE SANTANDER FOUNDATION
Deaf Direct has received £4,500 to fund short British Sign Language Courses for parents of deaf children in Worcestershire.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
Deaf Direct is your deaf-led, local charity supporting people with hearing loss. The charity provides a range of services for local D/deaf and hard of hearing people including communication support, outreach workers, equipment to combat the effects of hearing loss, youth activities, training and advocacy.
The grant will be used to help parents of deaf children communicate with their child through use of British Sign Language. Four babies are born deaf every day in the UK. Yet there is no requirement for health or social care services to provide communication courses to help parents interact with their child. The courses funded by Santander Foundation will enable parents to ask their children things hearing people take for granted – “how are you”, “what would you like to eat”, or even “I love you”. This will improve family relationships and ensure deaf children have the support and communication they need to develop.
Philip Gerrard, CEO at Deaf Direct said: “This grant will make a huge difference to local parents of deaf children. There is minimal provision available for parents who have a deaf children to learn British Sign Language. This is unfair as parents are denied the opportunity to communicate with their child, which can lead to problems with family relationships and development. These courses will ensure families with deaf children are able to have conversations and build relationships through use of a common language.”
Vicky Hill, Customer Service Manager at Santander’s Worcester branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Deaf Direct, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”
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Notes to Editors:
Sarah Webster at Santander – Tel: 020 7756 5533
Sarah Hindley at Deaf Direct – Tel: 01905 746 301 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 in 6 people in the UK have a hearing loss (Action on Hearing Loss)
- Four babies are born deaf every day in the UK (National Deaf Children’s Society)
- Hearing loss has been described as a ‘ticking timebomb’ as by 2030 it will be amongst the top ten disabilities in the world – above diabetes and cataracts (World Health Organisation)
- Deafness is the biggest single disability amongst all disabilities (UK Deaf Sport)
About Deaf Direct
We are your local deaf-led charity, supporting people with hearing loss. We help over 6,000 people each year across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire by providing:
- Communication Assistance
- Community Outreach and Support
- Social Groups
- Youth Services
- Information and Advice
In the words of one beneficiary, we make people “feel like human beings again”.
For more information please visit: www.deafdirect.org.uk
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:
- Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
- Transformer: supporting skills and experience
- Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges
Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk
Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 847 branches (which includes 58 university branches) and 69 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.