New Shrewsbury-based charity champions deaf rights

Shrewsbury-based charity, Signal, has launched this month to help empower deaf and hard of hearing children and adults both at home and in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Signal has been created by the coming together of the Shropshire Deafness Association and the Africa-focussed Woodford Foundation. It plans to build on these organisations’ achievements and to develop new projects to tackle the barriers to social, economic and political independence encountered by deaf and hard of hearing people in Shropshire and overseas.

Signal’s Chairman, Rod Clark OBE, commented, “I am delighted that these two organisations are coming together to form Signal. Deafness is a very common and a very misunderstood condition with far reaching consequences, especially in childhood.”

He added, “This is especially true in developing countries, so we must be prepared to work anywhere, but of course we cannot forget our local roots. Joining UK and overseas operations makes us stronger and better positioned to make an impact wherever we work.”

The Woodford Foundation was named after Doreen Woodford, who from her retirement in Much Wenlock up to her death in 2011 supported the provision of education for deaf children in developing countries.

The Shropshire Deafness Association traces its origins back to 1856. More recently it has been busy carrying out outreach work throughout Shropshire and is also pleased to have materially supported the Shrewsbury Hard of Hearing Group and the Telford Deaf Club.

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