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GDA sells car park to raise funds

The sale of the GDA car park paves the way for exciting opportunities for local deaf and hard of hearing communities

PRESS RELEASE

Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) has put its car park up for sale to help pay towards a local government pensions scheme deficit. The sale of the space will also help facilitate a redevelopment of the remaining GDA site.

GDA’s office and Centre for Deaf People occupies the old Barnwood Primary School site on Barnwood Road. The charity is an award-winning organisation and in recent years has developed its Centre into a vibrant community hub for deaf-related and non-deaf-related activities. 

GDA will continue to operate at the Centre on a reduced site and proceeds from the sale will be used to undertake essential adaptations.

Chief Executive Jenny Hopkins said “While the sale of the car park has been forced upon us we are very optimistic about the opportunities such changes can bring to our charity. We are an extremely resourceful organisation and our focus always has been and will remain, on the future. We are excited about the new opportunities that the redevelopment of the existing building will create for the local Deaf and hard of hearing communities”.

Plans for the redevelopment include a Deaf led café and a shop space to facilitate specialist listening-aid equipment, as well as employment opportunities for a number of hearing impaired people. A new, smaller car park will replace the current space on the other side of the Centre.
 
For more information about GDA's redevelopment plans please contact Jenny Hopkins on 01452 372999.
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