CEO Chat #13
On Monday Karen and I had an opportunity to join Cumbria-Westmorland Federation of Women’s Institutes at their annual regional meeting in Kendal Town Hall. Earlier this year we received an invitation to present to the gathering, to share some of the history of CDA, what we do now and a brief explanation of British Sign Language. We really enjoy sharing our story and help to spread the word about the issues facing the deaf community in Cumbria. With such a vibrant and enthusiastic audience it made for an afternoon of learning and laughter.
The rest of my week was dedicated to fundraising discussion and completing grant feedback forms. March is our year end and aligns with many funders wanting updates as to how we invested the money they gave us for certain projects. Taking time to reflect can be a mixed bag, as you realise the challenges you faced that turned into great activities and lead you to a previously undiscovered path. As with all things the nature of the deaf community, its wants and needs changes sometimes across generations, sometimes within a year both of which ensure we keep focussed on the evolving need rather than the ‘old ways’.
One of our big challenges this year is to raise about £50,000 for building work on our centre in Kendal. Alongside the bricks and mortar, we also seek to expand our community delivery team who provide companionship visits and support social activities for BSL users.
Whatever 2023 brings we will be keen to ensure that we respect the past, deliver the current need and plan for the future.
Please wish us luck!