The Disability Syndicate and Action Deafness are thrilled to announce that they will be working together to share their fantastic knowledge, experience and services to improve disability awareness within the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors, across the East Midlands and beyond.

The two prominent organisations with ‘social enterprise and business ethos’ and decades of experience between them, share an ethos of empowering disabled and Deaf people to improve their quality of life and independent living opportunities by providing equality of opportunity through the provision of information, advice and resources.

They will work together to combine their existing training to provide a unique one-stop-shop for organisations to increase their disability and deaf awareness in one place, which can be tailor-made to meet delegates needs.

The two organisations will also promote each other’s services to their own wider markets, from Action Deafness’s BSL courses, video relay and interpreting services, to the Disability Syndicate’s CredAbility quality assurance system, which will be expanded to accredit Community Support Workers.

Martin Austin, Strategic Director of The Disability Syndicate, who is understandably excited about this new venture, said “I’m excited about this partnership on many different levels. Firstly this kind of joint working between complimentary organisations is critical not just for the survival of this sector but also its growth. It’s also thrilling to be able to join forces to provide such tailored and meaningful services to both the general public and also to the professional sector.”

Craig Crowley MBE, Chief Executive of Action Deafness, who is very pleased about being able to join forces with Martin Austin and The Disability Syndicate, said: “I am grateful to The Disability Syndicate for opening the doors of opportunity for both organisations to work together. It is extremely logical for both to form a partnership to help expand the resources and expertise in this way whilst retaining our Disability & Deafness-led ethos.”

Based in Leicester but providing services across the East Midlands and the UK, Action Deafness offers a diverse range of services, including community support, communication and technology solutions, to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened, deafblind and hearing people. Action Deafness’ other business entity, AD Books, has recently published two exciting novels written by Deaf authors and U-sign a flip book of signs.

Based up-the-road in Derby and also providing services across the country, the Disability Syndicate is a group of social enterprises whose profits feedback into Disability Direct, a local charity that aims to facilitate independent living opportunities for disabled people. These social enterprises include Nimbus, which specialises in tailor-made disability diversity and equality support, and New Sector, which provides an opportunity for organisations to take a new look at change.

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