Getting to Know You – Zana Collins, Development Assistant
|What is your job title?
What do you do on an average day at work?
Researching funders and trusts, and filling out funding applications. Identify gaps and ways to develop existing or new services provision for the deaf community in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Exploring ways to develop the services for Deaf Direct and meeting new people.
Why do you work for Deaf Direct or your connection to deafness?
I am a deaf person from the Black Country and now live in Worcestershire. I have experience working and supporting both deaf adults and those with diverse disabilities. I am a qualified tutor and have worked with hearing impaired children within schools as a classroom assistant / teaching support role. As a qualified advisor in guidance / advocacy work, I have supported deaf people into employment and training.
I have known Deaf Direct for many years and have always been impressed with their professionalism. Deaf Direct has an excellent reputation. My new role was a great opportunity to work for Deaf Direct, and to develop services for the deaf community. I have been made very welcome and enjoy coming in to work with the staff.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I am a miniature enthusiast and have a beautiful three storey Victorian doll’s house. Over the last year I have learnt fencing and gained my first grade! (I felt very proud.) Fencing is also a challenge with communication as I wear a mask!