PRESS RELEASE – The future’s bright for people with hearing loss in Oxfordshire
Number 10 invite for local charity Chief Executive.
Philip Gerard, Chief Executive of Deaf Direct, the charity which recently merged with Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, was invited to attend a reception at No 10 Downing Street to celebrate Local Charities Day.
Deaf and hard of hearing people in Oxfordshire can look forward to a bright future with new and improved services to help them manage the effects of their hearing loss. Thanks to funding from the Local Sustainability Fund and Big Potential, a merger has been effected between deaf-led charity Deaf Direct and Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, which has served as a hub of community activity for deaf people in the county for 60 years
Existing services such as provision of sign language interpreters, sign language classes, specialist equipment, coffee mornings for hard of hearing people and deaf sign language users will continue to run, but there are big plans ahead to turn the buildings into a modern, 21st century Deaf Centre.
Not only this, the charity has also been improving relationships with the Government to ensure the needs of local deaf and hard of hearing people are considered when making policy. Deaf Direct was invited to No. 10 Downing Street for the Local Charities Day Reception, hosted by The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP with the Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP on 14th December.
The event was an opportunity for local charities to come together and celebrate the work that they do. The invitation marks the culmination of this year’s flourishing relationship with the Department of Culture, Media and Society; and one the charity hopes to nurture in the year ahead.
Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Direct, commented, “We are looking forward to an exciting future in Oxfordshire. We are thrilled we can improve and expand upon our existing services. We are also committed to putting the needs of local people at the heart of our work and will continue to develop relationships with policy-makers so that these needs can be met. Thank you to our funders who made the merger possible and who have allowed our charity to grow.”
If you are living with hearing loss in Oxfordshire and would like support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01905 746 301.
Notes to editor:
- 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”.