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25 MayCEO Appointment at The Ear Foundation

left to right, Sue Archbold Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, John Atkins, outgoing Chairman of The Ear Foundation and new CEO Melanie Gregory

Left to Right – Sue Archbold,  CEO of The Ear Foundation, John Atkins, outgoing Chairman of The Ear Foundation and new CEO Melanie Gregory


The Ear Foundation has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Melanie Gregory,  who will take up post on 1 August 2016, working with the current Chief Executive, Sue Archbold, until she retires in October. Sue Archbold, who  was the first employee at The Ear Foundation when it was founded in 1990, says: “We have been extremely fortunate to recruit Melanie, and  having got to know her well over the last few years, I am happy that I couldn’t be handing over to a better person.  I know The Ear Foundation and its great team will be safe and grow in her hands.”

Melanie has expressed her delight at the exciting and challenging role she is ready to take up and is really looking forward to joining The Ear Foundation team in the near future.

Melanie is a qualified speech language therapist and audiologist and brings 20 years’ experience working with adults and children with hearing loss and their families. She currently works with the IDA Institute and has worked extensively with cutting-edge hearing technologies. She has seen the wealth of choice and opportunity that technology brings to those with hearing loss, providing access to language, education and reaching personal potential.

Her background and experience make her the perfect person to lead and take forward the work of The Ear Foundation, continuing to work closely with the charity’s many partners and stakeholders.


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20 MayChair designate of UKCoD

The Trustees are delighted to announce the election of Craig Crowley MBE as the new Chair of UKCoD. Craig is Chief Executive of Action Deafness, a Deaf-led national charitable company and is the former President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Deaflympics).

Craig was a Founder Chair of UK Deaf Sport and had previously worked for the RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) as Deputy Director of Care Services; he also had a short stint as Executive Director of EUD (European Union of the Deaf). He was awarded an MBE at the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours in 2006.

Craig said: “I am both delighted and honoured to accept the position of Chair. I look forward to the opportunity of working alongside sector organisations and will do my utmost to push forward our collective issues with the APPG, as well as cementing and championing the Common Purpose statement with special interest and mission groups”.

Jim Edwards, the outgoing Chair, has said “I am delighted that Craig has been appointed chair designate of UKCoD. He has significant experience of the sector and an impressive track record in bringing about change for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss. His chairmanship of Common Purpose has made a real difference to the collaborative impact of the sector.

The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to offer a heartfelt thanks to Jim for giving so much time and effort as Chair of UKCoD, during a period of enormous change and challenge. His commitment to UKCoD has been outstanding and we wish him all the best for the future. The official handover from Jim to Craig will take place at the AGM in the autumn.

Bencie Woll,
UKCoD Trustee,
Director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre

11 MayNDCS launch new campaign report, Right from the Start

Right from the Start campaign banner

The report celebrates 10 years of newborn hearing screening in England and calls on the Government, local authorities and health bodies to work together and make a commitment to ensure high quality support is in place as soon as a child is diagnosed as deaf.

It makes five broad recommendations:

  • Action is taken to protect and invest in paediatric audiology services and support them to become accredited under the Improving Quality in Physiological diagnostic Services (IQIPS) programme.
  • The Government and local authorities continue to protect funding for specialist education services for deaf children.
  • Local authorities review the provision of support with communication available to families in their area to ensure that the varying needs of families can be met at any one time.
  • Local authorities ensure that radio aids are more readily available to parents of deaf children so that they can support their child’s spoken language and communication development.
  • The Government should take action to ensure there is sufficient and effective provision across all local authorities for specialist childcare provision for deaf children, and that mainstream staff receive the training and advice they need to effectively include deaf children. This should include action to support parents with transport costs and to improve the listening environments of childcare settings.

Download the Report (pdf)

Full details about the Campaign Report can be found on the NDCS website here.

11 MayNGTS – word of thanks

Great to receive thanks from Brendan Casey yesterday on the Deaf Next Generation Text Service Group Facebook page……..

“Would like to say a special big thank you to Ofcom and BT and and Natalya Dell and Mike Aston and Helen Oxlade and Donna Lordan and many others and of course the community members who fought for BSL videos to be displayed professionally via online petitions on Ngts website big thank you and of course the company behind the professional bsl video service who provided the videos”.


06 MayGreater Manchester Police introduces new service for reporting crime in BSL

Click on the image below to view the news in British Sign Language.

5th May 2016 – Greater Manchester Police is launching a new service that enables people to use British Sign Language (BSL) to report a crime online.

Previously, people who use BSL in Greater Manchester would have needed to report a crime face to face with an officer and an interpreter present. Now, BSL users can use the SignVideo service as an instant video interpreter between themselves and GMP’s call handlers, enabling them to speak to the police wherever they are.

Accessing the SignVideo service through the GMP website on a laptop, smartphone or tablet, members of the public can simply click on a button to be connected to SignVideo. SignVideo will then phone through to GMP’s call handling team for the request to be processed.

Assistant Chief Constable at GMP, Garry Shewan, said: “The deaf community face many challenges every day when communicating and this new service enhances the ways in which people can access policing services.

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