Important Message From the Chairman

Over the last 125 years, Cumbria Deaf Association has been helping D/deaf people and their families living in Cumbria to achieve educational, physical, social and spiritual well-being.

Like many other third sector organisations we have recently had cause to review our structure and operating procedures in order to make best use of our resources so that we can continue to offer services effectively.

As part of this review, we have taken the decision to move our administrative operations from Carlisle to our office in Kendal to further reduce our overheads. This will have a number of additional benefits:

  • The Kendal building is owned by Cumbria Deaf and centrally located within Kendal, but also within the county
  • Kendal has meeting space in the building for more people than Carlisle can currently support
  • The current office in Carlisle is an additional cost for not only the space, but given its nature, attracts significant heating costs over autumn and winter

As and when space is needed in Carlisle for any reason e.g. services, meetings, drop-in sessions etc, this is will be rented as required.

We are in the process of recruiting two part-time administrators to take over from existing staff members who will be retiring in the near future. In parallel, we will also shortly be recruiting for new General Manager to oversee the work of Cumbria Deaf Association going forward.

We would like to reassure staff and service users alike that our existing operations will not be affected by the move to Kendal and that we will keep the position in Carlisle under review as we move forward with our restructuring plans.

Charlie Allgrove
Chairman of Cumbria Deaf Association