Less than a week before our first ever DeafHope conference (you can find more information about that on our website, there’s a BSL video too) we are thrilled to inform you that our SignHealth service DeafHope has won an award at 2014’s Charity Awards. We are over the moon and incredibly grateful for the recognition of our life-changing, life-saving service.
A panel of professional judges from the voluntary sector – who each have years of experience working with leading organisations – announced the results last night, and suddenly the @SignHealth Twitter account went crazy with congratulation tweets! A big thank you to everyone who got involved.
Using the ten ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ – ten attributes that ‘should be present in any successful project’ – as the judging criteria, the panel announced their decision that SignHealth were to be the winners of the Disability category. Our service was described as a ‘truly inspiring example of excellence and outstanding work’, ‘demonstrating exemplary standards of leadership and management to advance our cause’ .
Richard Dunford, the Chair of SignHealth, accepted the award on behalf of the charity. “Thank you, we’re absolutely delighted to receive this award. It means such a lot that such an esteemed panel of judges have chosen us. We would also like to thank our funders for believing in the work and supporting it as they have – it would not have been possible without them. It really is a great project and doing some amazing work with Deaf female survivors of abuse and we’re delighted that such key players in our industry recognise this. We very much need to expand the work to reach more deaf women and children so if anyone is listening who would like to help with this please come and chat with us afterwards!”
What does this mean for us now? Even more hard work! Here’s to raising the profile about Deaf domestic abuse, and working together to make sure women and children are safe in the Deaf community.
Lynn Shannon added, “The Deaf Hope team are proud and delighted to receive the award, which will be a tremendous boost to the support we offer our clients. We thank the funders for their belief in our services and for the support we have received the last few years.”