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New employment partnership for deaf people

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Thursday 27th September 2018


New partnership to benefit people living with deafness in Swindon and Wiltshire

A new partnership between leading deaf charity, GDA, and Swindon based Community Interest Company, Disability Experts, will mean stronger employment support for people living with hearing loss in Swindon and Wiltshire.  

Whether a person has an acquired hearing loss or is a British Sign Language (BSL) user, they can now access weekly support at Disability Experts, every Thursday between 9am and 12pm. Sessions will start on Thursday 4th October 2018 and will be jointly run between GDA and Disability Experts.

Martin Kelly from Disability Experts said We are really excited about our new partnership with GDA.  We know that there are lots of talented people who have a hearing loss who would be great employees, given the opportunity. We look forward to working with GDA and learning from their expertise in supporting deaf and hard of hearing people, to create new employment opportunities.”

Reg Cobb, GDA Project Development Manager said “At GDA, we strive to improve deaf and hard of hearing people’s life chances and we have excelled in getting deaf people into employment in Gloucestershire. We are now excited at the prospect of extending our work into Swindon in partnership with Disability Experts, to reach more deaf people and support them into employment. We know that successful employment is the best way to help anyone achieve a better sense of themselves and their place in society.

This new service is available thanks to a new project called ‘Links to Work’, funded by the Department for Works & Pensions (DWP) and the European Social Fund (ESF). ‘Links to Work’ aims to support people with disabilities into appropriate and sustained employment in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Anyone wishing to book an appointment can do so by contacting Disability Experts on 07870 643734 or emailing disabilityexperts@virginmedia.com. 

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