Manchester Deaf Centre has received £5,000 to fund new sign language videos for their website to make it more accessible for deaf British sign language users of all ages.

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 Manchester Deaf Centre provides education, advice, support, training and social activities for those directly or indirectly affected with a wide range of sensory impairments.

The grant will allow the Centre to purchase studio equipment to create professional BSL videos on demand. These will also form part of a new knowledge bank on the Centre’s website with educational, informative and topical videos for their service users to view using sign language.

Rachel Jebb, Project Manager at Manchester Deaf Centre, said: “Thanks to the Santander Foundation, groups such as the Deaf Activity Volunteering Experience Project (DAVE Project) can produce and film informative and creative videos for our website. This will provide deaf people with new skills and hopefully build their confidence for future projects.”

Linda Duers, Branch Manager at Santander’s Manchester branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Manchester Deaf Centre, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local blind people.”

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About Manchester Deaf Centre

Manchester Deaf Centre exists to deliver positive services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and to promote independence, rights and deafness as a culture. 

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 £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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