Being named ‘Disability Charity of the Year’ was a huge moment for us. SignHealth’s DeafHope project is the only sign language based service that is equipped to help Deaf women like Jessie. Women who have, and are, being abused at home.
Lynn Shannon, DeafHope‘s founder and manager, explains how the award has helped our life-changing work continue.
“The award has seen us gain recognition for the specialist, quality work we provide. From our clients’ perspective it has helped them to feel more confident; they can now clearly see that we have the skills and expertise to support them. More service providers are aware of our work, and we are receiving referrals from a wider range of services than before. For DeafHope staff, the award has boosted morale and given us greater belief that the service we provide is widely recognised.
“We continue to review our services regularly, taking on board feedback from clients and identifying any areas that we need to improve on. This has included meeting with Deaf male survivors to see what type of service they would need, and exploring the potential for development.”
We are enormously grateful for their support.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is a grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need.