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New Sheriff of Gloucester supports GDA

New Sheriff of Gloucester chooses to support deaf charity

When Councillor Jim Beeley was sworn in as the new Sheriff of Gloucester on Thursday 21 May he pledged his support to local deaf charity, Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA).

Councillor Beeley said “I have chosen the Gloucestershire Deaf Association as my charity and, more specifically, the Gloucestershire Deaf Youth Zone (GDYZ) during my term as Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester for 2015/16.  I am passionate about this charity as my daughter, grandson and I have all experienced hearing difficulties.” 

Councillor Beeley continued “I am sure the majority of the general public are unaware of the number of people who have hearing difficulties and the great work that the Association does, and I therefore would like to raise awareness and ensure as much money as possible is raised for this excellent cause.”

The charity’s Chief Executive, Jenny Hopkins said “It is an absolute pleasure to have been selected as the new Sheriff of Gloucester’s charity for the coming year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us and we very much look forward to working with Councillor Beeley.”

A number of events will take place over the coming year to raise funds for GDA as well as the new Mayor’s selected charity.
GDYZ (Gloucestershire Deaf Youth Zone) is a group run by GDA for deaf young people aged 9 to 21 years. Young people will all levels of hearing loss are welcome, as are siblings. The group operates a total communication environment, ensuring everyone is included. They meet every other Friday at the GDA Community Centre in Barnwood between 7pm to 9pm unless they're out on an activity. Money raised from this partnership will assist with funding the activities and support members enjoy from dedicated volunteers.
For more information about GDYZ or to enquire about joining the group please visit our GDYZ page by clicking here or contacting the office on 01452 372999 or email, admin@glosdeaf.org.uk
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