Round up of the year 2015 by the CEO
As we wish you all the best for the festive period, we thought you might like a recap of our news over the last year.
It’s been a busy year at Deaf Direct, so where to begin?
This year we have supported over 6,000 people across the variety of services we provide. There have been lots of changes over the last year, including changes in staff and trustees. Another significant change was our office move in Hereford to our new ‘home’ at 36 Widemarsh Street.
As a charity we always welcome donations and have been delighted that Worcester branch of Soroptimist International chose to donate money raised this year to Deaf Direct and hearing dogs. They have had several events over the year including a fashion show and an Open garden.
Deaf Direct Youth also raised money by taking part in a sponsored Walk on the Malvern Hills. Money raised was split between Deaf Direct Youth and Cancer Research.
Whilst on the topic of Deaf Direct Youth, we were really proud to receive a “best of Worcester award” from the Mayor, in recognition of our work with Deaf Young people.
Our interpreting Team have been working hard delivering online interpreting services for the national NHS111 BSL pilot in conjunction with Interpreter Now. A new team of online freelancers have been recruited and are delivering the service with members of our existing team. The one year project has already been extended and has led to other work in the online arena. It’s great that Deaf Direct are part of the only national statutory service in the UK to be delivered online.
Students have been practicing hard in our British Sign Language courses, which has helped us to maintain a high pass rate for the courses.
Philip Gerrard (CEO) and Gordon Hay (Community Manager) represented GB at the 45th International Committee Deaf Sport (ICSD) Congress at Khanty-Mansiysk, West Siberia, Russia which concluded with the Winter Deaflympics Opening Ceremony.
Gordon also reported on the 1st world Deaf Tennis championships in Nottingham.
We continue to provide equipment in the Hereford area and advice in all areas and we’re very much looking forward to new projects in 2016.
As Christmas can be a busy time with families etc we’d like to leave you with a few
tips for including deaf relatives over the festive period:
- Turn the subtitles on the TV
- Make phone calls deaf-friendly by using Skype
- Make sure everyone feels as though they have contributed to the day
- Speak clearly and face them
- Sit at a round table so everyone can see each other
Deaf Direct will not be open during the week between Christmas and New Year. We will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen at 9am on Monday the 4th of January. If you need an Interpreter before the 8th of January please call the out-of hours-service on 07725 244129.
So it just leaves me to say, Deaf Direct would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016. We hope you have a really enjoyable Christmas and plenty of time to relax and look forward to seeing you next year.
Philip Gerrard, CEO