CEO Chat #3

CEO Chat

CDA welcomes all ages….

In the past week we are delighted to welcome our fourth university student. I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words…

“Hi, my name is Barb and I’m a second year student at the University of Central Lancashire studying BSL and Deaf Studies. I’m joining CDA as part of my work placement and am really looking forward to getting to know everyone. Outside of studying I enjoy hiking, writing short stories and poems, and spending time with my two dogs.”

Barb on CDA work placement

With a shortage of BSL interpreters, especially in rural areas such as Cumbria, we like to do all we can to inspire and the promote the opportunities for interpreters and communication support workers of all ages.

I turn 50 this year and am delighted to work alongside older and younger colleagues alike. To embed this as part of our culture, CDA has signed the Age-friendly Employer Pledge, a nationwide programme run by the Centre for Ageing Better. By signing the pledge we are showing our commitment to older workers and making our workplace age-friendly. This means we’re taking action to improve our recruitment, retention and development of workers aged 50 and over.

Being a part of the pledge means we draw on a wider pool of applicants for each job. It means older workers can continue to thrive and contribute in our organisation. And it means we can benefit from the innovation and productivity boost that multigenerational workforces bring. For more information about the pledge, visit: