Signal’s newest UK venture to help build deaf friendly communities has kicked off with the introduction of two new members to the charity’s dedicated team. With the support of the Big Lottery Fund, the specially designed Befriending and Deaf Awareness Project will be led by Phil Rogers and Frances Carron.
Frances, who has a strong background in health and social care, will set up a Befriending Service where empathetic volunteers will “buddy” with deaf and hard of hearing people, helping them overcome barriers they face in their daily lives. Phil will manage the project, using his community development and education experience to raise deaf awareness within local organisations and the wider community.
“This is another exciting stage in Signal’s journey and will enhance the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. It builds on the achievements of our respected Outreach Worker Service and Signal: The Hub, our welcoming information and services space in Shrewsbury town centre,” Signal’s UK Operations Director, James Cousins, says.
“Phil and Frances will now be working to strengthen people’s confidence in dealing with everyday situations which can be made difficult by hearing loss. At the same time, they will be building the capacity of the wider community to engage positively with deaf and hard of hearing people,” James adds.