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Cornwall Council cuts leave Duchy's deaf centre's future under threat

By wbchris  |  Posted: April 26, 2014


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CORNWALL'S only centre for the deaf has been dealt a blow after it was announced funding for its interpreters has been withdrawn.

The interpreter service at Cornwall Deaf Centre in Camborne costs £2,500 each year and had previously been funded by Cornwall Council's social services for the deaf department. This has been withdrawn due to budget cuts.

The interpreters are needed so deaf members of the centre's board can attend regular meetings, including those discussing finances and the annual general meeting, which are required by the Charity Commission.

Jackie Goldie, the secretary at the centre in Camborne, said: "Cornwall has four interpreters who act as a lifeline for many deaf people.

"The Cornwall Deaf Centre is like a second home and is a real hub of the deaf community. Cutting funding for interpreters is like taking the wheels off of a wheelchair.

"Social services for the deaf informed us three weeks ago that they were regrettably forced to withdraw our funding because of decisions from above them. We won't take this lying down."

More than 100 deaf people use the services at the centre each year but Ms Goldie and the rest of the team were refusing to throw in the towel just yet, saying they hoped to hold fundraising events and look into grant schemes to try to raise the money needed for the interpreters.

Nick Fripp, from Cornwall Council's directorate of education, health and social care, said: "Unfortunately the significant reductions in our funding from the Government means we are unable to continue to provide this funding directly.

"The council has a continuing duty to provide communication support, including interpreters, for deaf individuals to be able to access and receive services from Cornwall Council."

The first fundraiser at the Cornwall Deaf Centre will be a 24-hour pool marathon that will take place on Saturday, May 3.

For more information on sponsoring participants, contact Jackie Goldie on 01209 842798.

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  • cornwall999  |  April 28 2014, 11:32AM

    You have it spot on wringer. We have Cornwall Council who are relentless in making these appalling decisions on the very vulnerable of our society who do not have a voice. The human misery that Cornwall Council has inflicted upon these defenseless people is shameful . We have 15 million being spent on Council Offices in Bodmin which is totally unnecessary and £22, 000 spent on a planning investigation regarding Coyte Farm and continually wasting millions of tax payers money on projects that have no advantage for the people of Cornwall. I will be contacting my local MP today Sarah Newton on this dreadful decision by an uncaring and obscene Council. Shirley Sweeney

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  • wringer  |  April 26 2014, 10:30AM

    £3,000,000 each and every year to subsidise the airport or £2,500 per year which is 0.0008% of this amount for a centre for people with disabilities that is probably a real life line to them. It has nothing to do with government cuts. it is where councillors decide to spend the money that is the issue and this is just plain wrong. air travel is not a necessity it is discretionary. being deaf isn't a choice, flying is.

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