Local deaf club shortlisted for prestigious national award
A local deaf club has been shortlisted for a high profile national award by UK charity and leading awarding body in deaf communications, Signature.
Harrow United Deaf Club, which promotes equality, diversity and harmony between the local deaf and hearing communities, has been named as one of four contenders in the Community Spirit category at the 2014 Signature Annual Awards.
The awards honour individuals, organisations and community groups that are striving to break down the barriers of communication between deaf and hearing people.
The public will choose the winner of the Community Spirit category, and Signature is urging people to go online to cast their vote.
Formed in 2009, Harrow United Deaf Club is open to deaf and hearing people of all ages and faiths. The club organises various social and educational events, and also lobbies to ensure that deaf people can access local and national services.
Asif Iqbal MBE, Harrow United Deaf Club president, said: “The purpose of HUDC is to provide a relaxed social environment for deaf and hearing people and their families in the local area. It’s an honour to be commended for the work we do to make a positive impact on the community.”
Jim Edwards, Signature chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be recognising Harrow United Deaf Club in the Community Spirit category at this year’s awards.
“Though the club is relatively young, what it has achieved so far is very impressive. The club is a terrific example of how deaf and hearing communities can pull together to make a real difference.
“It’s now down to the local community to rally behind them in the public vote.”
HUDC will join shortlisted entrants in categories such as Organisational Achievement, Teacher of the Year, Learner of the Year, Young Learner of the Year, Centre of the Year and Communication Professional of the Year.
For more information and to place your vote, visit: http://signatureannualawards.org.uk/you-decide