2014/2015 was a rewarding time to be Chair of Trustees at SignHealth. Throughout the
charity, staff, volunteers and trustees again worked hard to improve the life prospects and wellbeing of deaf people.
It’s impossible to mention everything but I’d like to share a few highlights. Our domestic abuse project, DeafHope, became Disability Charity of the Year and both DeafHope and our volunteer project Deaf Health Champions held successful conferences. Our work in Uganda was featured in Channel 4’s Unreported World documentary series, raising awareness of the
enormous difficulties facing deaf children.
InterpreterNow, our online interpreting service, allowed deaf people to use British Sign Language (BSL) to access all government services in Scotland. Since then we’ve launched
BSL access to the NHS111 service in England and to the Police 101 line in Leicestershire.
Our Sick of It Report, into the relatively poor health of deaf people, was launched last year.
It was published in two respected medical journals. As a result of the report, deaf health was
debated in the House of Lords. We’ve been working to make sure that its recommendations are part of the new NHS Accessible Information Standard. Furthermore, the SignHealth website is now home to the world’s biggest collection of health videos in British Sign Language.
Finally, we strengthened the Board with four new trustees – Favaad Iqbal,
Katy Judd, Raj Kambo and Sue Bean. We welcome them and look forward to their working with us to drive SignHealth on to bigger and better things.
In 2016, SignHealth will mark 30 years since we started back in 1986 as the Anastasia Trust. We look forward to welcoming you all to join us in marking the occasion.
I’m very proud to be Chair of Trustees at SignHealth. One cannot fail to be impressed by the range of services SignHealth offers or the commitment of our staff and volunteers. This year’s Annual Review puts our staff and clients centre stage. I hope you’ll enjoy their inspirational stories as you learn about a typical day in the life of SignHealth in 2014/15.
Chair of Trustees, SignHealth