Deaf-initely Women is thrilled to be highly commended as a Small Charity creating a big impact for deaf and hard of hearing women in Derby and Derbyshire.

The East Midlands Charity Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 11th June, 2020.

The Winners and Highly Commended charities were announced online.

All staff and Management Committee members at Deaf-initely Women are celebrating after they heard that they were finalists for two East Midlands Charity Awards:

  • The Best Social and Digital Media award and
  • Small Charity: Big Impact award.

Teresa Waldron, Managing Director, who is deafblind herself said: “We are thrilled to bits to have been chosen as a small charity creating a big impact for the Highly Commended Small Charity: Big Impact award, after being a finalist for both East Midlands Charity Awards. It is a testimony to staff and volunteers’ commitment and hard work in making this charity the success it is today.”

Rachel Shaw who is Office Manager, who is deaf, has the responsibility for Digital Communications. She said “I am delighted that our work has been recognised to be of a high standard. I am really happy with being chosen as a Finalist for the Best Social and Digital Media award.  It is lovely being recognised for the work we do.”

The Chairperson of Deaf-initely Women, Sarah Tupling, who herself is a deaf BSL signer said,  “I am delighted and proud of the work that the staff and volunteers at Deaf-initely Women have done to date. They just continue to achieve beyond all my expectations. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Management Committee members for their unwavering support and commitment in making this the strong charity it is today”.

Deaf-initely Women is a local charity for deaf female signers, deafblind and hard of hearing women delivering services to their peers across Derby and Derbyshire through provision of accessible events, workshops and classes.

Deaf-initely Women was set up in 2015 in response to the needs of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women.