Cumbria Deaf Association secures funding for development worker in South Cumbria

Cumbria Deaf Association has received £5,000 to fund the cost of providing a development worker to support the deaf community in the Furness area of South Cumbria.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The Cumbria Deaf Association is an independent charity established in 1894 that helps deaf people and their families in the local area. In addition to raising awareness of deaf people’s rights and ensuring access to all services, the organisation provides a range of specialist support via dedicated staff and volunteers. The charity works to help hearing-impaired participants lead fuller and more active lives in the community.

The grant will cover the cost of employing a development worker who will engage with people in the deaf community and help them access services and support. This will help to alleviate many of the isolation issues that affect deaf people of all ages who are unable to communicate fully due to the lack of specialist support available.

John Brennan, Chief Executive at Cumbria Deaf Association said: “This marvellous donation from the Santander Foundation will enable our organisation to provide local support to help the deaf community to play a more active role within the local area. It will allow us to develop customised and inclusive activities to address the social exclusion often experienced by deaf community members.”

Vanessa Parker, at Santander’s English Street Carlisle Branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Cumbria Deaf Association and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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Media Contact
Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander 
Email:       Tel: 020 7756 4543

Ian Wilson at Cumbria Deaf Association  
Email:         Tel: 01228 210205

About Cumbria Deaf Association
Cumbria Deaf Association is an independent local charity that helps deaf people and their families living in Cumbria to achieve educational, physical, social and spiritual well-being. It provides a wide range of specialist services and its dedicated staff and volunteers provide the highest standards of professional care and support. It believes in equality for deaf people and promotes understanding and respect within the community.

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Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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