Shock as charity closes after 197 years

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The liquidators have been called in at Deaf Connections due to falling revenues and funding reductions

30th August 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A charity for deaf people that operated for almost two centuries has been forced to close its doors.

Deaf Connections has been placed into voluntary liquidation as a result of financial difficulties.

The charity operated a wide range of services for the deaf community, and has supported people in Glasgow since 1822.

Ken Pattullo and Kenny Craig of Begbies Traynor have been appointed as provisional liquidators due to falling revenues and funding reductions at the organisation.

Pattullo said: "Despite efforts over recent years to generate income from training and services as well as offering meeting and venue space at its head office building at 100 Norfolk Street base in Glasgow, the charity's income shortfall has left the directors no option but to cease operations immediately.

"The board is appealing for other organisations to step in to assist, where possible, in the delivery of any aspect of its work to the deaf community that it has served for almost two centuries."

In a statement issued today (30 August), the board of directors of Deaf Connections Ltd said: "We would like to thank all of our frontline staff who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of those most disadvantaged in society.

"In the last few years, we have attempted to engage with young people more than ever and our ongoing success represents this achievement.

"We are saddened that we will no longer be able to deliver this much needed and effective service to young people, but it is not just young people that will be affected by this decision.

"All of our committees, clubs and the entire deaf community will be affected by the loss of a venue that provided for them since Deaf Connections moved to Norfolk Street in 1990.

"We want to thank everyone who has supported us and we are tremendously proud of everything we have achieved together for 197 years."