11 Jan

Charity of the Year

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SignVideo names SignHealth as their Charity of the Year

SignVideo are a leading UK provider of British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting services via Video Relay Services (VRS) and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). SignVideo provides fully qualified BSL Interpreters on demand, via tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops.

“We are over the moon that SignVideo have chosen SignHealth as their charity of the year. We are very excited to partner with another organisation that shares a common vision for ‘communication equality’ through access in BSL. 2020 has been a tough year with Coronavirus so we are really looking forward to a positive, fresh start with an exciting new partnership that will enable our services to grow and expand all over the UK to benefit the Deaf community.”- Rebecca Mansell, Director of Fundraising and Communication

This exciting relationship between a Deaf company and a Deaf charity is really inspiring, and the support from SignVideo will allow SignHealth to achieve its ambitious 3-year plan to expand their services to improve Deaf people’s health and wellbeing.

SignVideo’s BSL video interpretation solution removes existing barriers facing service providers, businesses, work colleagues and family wanting to hold conversations with Deaf BSL-using people.  In addition, their service has reduced the previous waiting time of 3 to 6 weeks for a BSL interpreter to be available, down to an average of 30 seconds or less.

Andrew Dewey, CEO SLi Group concluded by saying, “We are incredibly excited about appointing our first charity of the year and we cannot overlook our corporate social responsibility as a company. It is staggering to learn that Deaf people are twice as likely to experience mental health issues compared to hearing people which means it is so important for services to reach out to all sections of the deaf community.”

There is a growing awareness about mental health among the Deaf community, but much more needs to be done. The average wait for a Deaf person to receive therapy is 12 weeks, compared to 6 weeks for a hearing person. Together, we want to improve access and achieve health equality for Deaf people.

The partnership will start on 1st January 2021 for 3 years.

For more information about the work SignHealth does please visit the SignHealth website https://signhealth.org.uk/ and SignVideo’s website https://signvideo.co.uk/  

Staff meeting at Longley Road. SignHealth. London. Photograph by David Levene 29/4/19