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2019 has been an important year for RAD.  As one of the oldest organisations working with Deaf people in the UK RAD has always been at the forefront of progression and development – but this year has been one of the most influential in what is a long and prestigious history.

As the year draws to a close we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate what has been a productive and exciting twelve months for everyone in TeamRAD.

Our trustees, staff and volunteers have continued to work tirelessly to ensure that RAD remains a leading service delivery organisation that works to meet the changing needs and aspirations of the Deaf Community.

Together with our partners, throughout 2019 TeamRAD continued to achieve positive, life-changing outcomes for Deaf people through the provision of services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

For over 175 years RAD has continually evolved to ensure that it remains relevant to the changing needs of Deaf people, creating opportunities that inspire, develop and empower.  This year it became a leader in innovation, empowerment and opportunity by confirming our joint leadership.

With our brilliant colleagues, we are proud of RAD’s identity and its recognition of all members of the Deaf Community.  A culturally Deaf organisation that leads, develops and inspires, we are honoured to share some of our TeamRAD highlights from 2019:

  • We were delighted to announce RAD’s investment of approximately £3million into new services for Deaf people
  • As part of our commitment to developing Deaf leadership and ensuring we always appoint the right people to the right jobs, we were thrilled to promote three Deaf colleagues into management positions. 50% of our management team is Deaf
  • We developed some fantastic partnerships with like-minded organisations with whom we are proud to collaborate
  • After bidding a fond farewell to Toby Burton we were thrilled to introduce Tom Mulloy as our new Chair – and welcome new Trustees, Laura Eadsforth and Masami Fenesan
  • 25% of our staff (including all managers and supervisors) became trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • As a result of the growth and development with RAD’s digital reach, PR and Marketing we enjoyed unprecedented levels of engagement with everyone in our audience and community
  • We were proud to launch the Deaf Detectives book; the culmination of our Heritage Lottery funded project that explored, captured and celebrated the lives of Deaf people since RAD’s inception in 1841
  • We enjoyed the annual Christmas Carol Service for Deaf and Deafblind people at Chelmsford Cathedral at the beginning of December. Working in partnership with the Chelmsford Diocese and Deaf Chaplaincy Team, we were thrilled to welcome all of our guests and thoroughly enjoyed watching the signed carols of all of the schools

As we celebrate these and all of the other TeamRAD achievements from this year we are already looking forward to 2020.  Our New Year will start in earnest with RADLive, a fantastic evening of music, dance, comedy and magic – and will continue with the commencement of our new services.

During the festive season our Head Office will be closed between 25 December 2019 and 1 January 2020; however during this time our work within the community will continue. For the very latest updates on our service delivery during the festive period please look at our website and social media feeds.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support.  We wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Amanda, Lesley and Sue.
Joint Chief Executives


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