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Deaf-initely Women wins an Award!

Jul 1, 2022

An East Midlands charity Deaf-initely Women is awarded a team of business experts and funding to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Deaf-initely Women, a Derbyshire charity, is led and run for and by deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women, addresses the poverty of opportunities that deaf women experience in their daily lives.

The organization has had the impact of its current services and future ambitions recognised with its selection as a 2022 Weston Charity Awards winner. 

The award gives the charity the chance to invest in its future with ten months of strategic planning support from a dedicated team of four business experts, thanks to pro bono charity Pilotlight and a core grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Deaf-initely Women was chosen from over 100 applicants, all of whom are frontline charities delivering youth, welfare or community services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales. Another local charity selected is Crossroads Derbyshire.

Teresa Waldron, Managing Director from Deaf-initely Women said:

“We are delighted that Deaf-initely Women has been chosen as one of the small charities to benefit from this exciting opportunity to access free support and advice from a team of Business Experts. Small charities like Deaf-initely Women are heavily dependent on funding from Trusts and Foundations.This help us and other small charities and their CEOs to help us to learn new ideas from one another that will benefit us all to continue to support deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women during the financial crisis of the rising costs living costs and help us to grow”. 

In congratulating Deaf-initely Women, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said:  

“The Weston Charity Awards were created in 2014, and have since helped 126 charities across Wales, the North and the Midlands to be effective and to grow their services for people in need. As the cost of living crisis hits families and communities, we see a critical role for small charities in key regions who are supporting vulnerable people in a range of ways. These Awards for nineteen charities are a tribute to their determination to improve lives in the toughest of circumstances.”

Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting Deaf-initely Women with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said: 

“An old saying is that the poor pay more. So, while the rising cost of living is a crisis for many people, it is a potential catastrophe for those who are most vulnerable. Deaf-initely Women has been selected as a Weston Charity Award recipient on the strength of its ambitions and the openness of the leadership team to external perspectives. Working with business experts, the Weston Charity Awards will strengthen Deaf-initely Women to support people who are most at need in our society.”

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