Sun Sep 12 2021
Deaf charities in UK merge to become UK’s leading deaf charity
Sonus and Deaf Action announce merger with the aims of becoming the UK’s leading deaf charity.
Deaf Action had been looking to expand its services for a while: a spokesperson for the charities stated their chief executives had already been sharing expertise as a part of a group of leaders of hearing loss charities. Therefore, merging with Sonus seemed the right action to take since they (Sonus) run the UK’s only residential care home for deaf elderly people. It is a step towards creating more facilities like this.
The newly merged organisation will continue to prioritise deaf people and strive to become the UK’s leading deaf charity, working together to build inclusive communities where deaf people can realise their potential and thrive
The merger keeps Deaf Action’s name and remains a Scottish charity, even though Sonus is based in Eastleigh and is the trading name for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Association for Deaf People. It will form a new board consisting of trustees from both charities.
The spokesperson also revealed that there were no plans for redundancies. At the time of the merger, Deaf Action employs 75 people and has an annual income of £1.9m, while Sonus has 20 staff and an annual income of £900,000.
While there aren’t any plans for redundancies, the spokesperson added that some roles could be duplicated.
It’s a great opportunity to bring two of the longest-standing deaf charities together to offer our support to even more deaf people
Sun Sep 12 2021