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Deaf network 'failed community in Warrington'
3:00pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
SUPPORTERS of a deaf charity which faces an uncertain future after another charity pulled out of its base has hit out at its response.
Last month the Warrington Guardian reported on the plight of Warrington and District Society for the Deaf who had seen Deafness Support Network (DSN) pulling out of the Warrington Deaf Centre - leaving it in jeopardy of closing.
At the time a DSN spokesman said: “We have been forced to review how we can best continue to deliver the best possible services to the deaf community in the area within the resources we have available.”
But Warrington and District Society for the Deaf vice chairman Martin Colville hit back.
He said: “DSN as an organisation failed to show its ability to provide a comprehensive service to the deaf community of Warrington through its failure to secure the contract which had been established for over 40 years with Cheshire County Council and subsequently Warrington Borough Council, and it clearly shows that DSN has failed to understand the client group it is supposedly working for.
“The Warrington Deaf Centre physically offers the finest facilities and the deaf community of Warrington and Halton will continue to use those facilities no matter what money DSN decides to waste on any alternative provision. “
Their Wilson Patten Street base is also home to the British Deaf History Society and the Institute of British Sign Language.
Now the Warrington society is looking to establish an advocacy service in partnership with the council and the provision of an equipment service available from its new environmental equipment/aids room (EAR Room) and to find out more visit the group’s new website wdsdp.co.uk.
Mr Colville added: “We recognise that the next few months are going to be difficult but we are determined to ensure that the Warrington centre will continue to thrive no matter what alternative provision is offered by DSN.”