Project information

Are you one of the One in Five?

Signal will build a deaf friendly community in Shropshire reducing stigma, isolation and loneliness to 64,000 people helping them to improve the quality of their life and play a full part in their family,community and social life.

September 2015 - September 2017

Charity information

Signal Sensory Impairment Globally Nationally And Locally

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  • Need


    Hearing loss is a hidden disability affecting the quality of life for over 20% of the population. People can live with the effects of hearing loss for over 10 years before seeking help.This leads to serious issues of isolation, loneliness, depression and an increased risk of dementia and abuse for sufferers.


    Signal works across Shropshire to offer practical advice and emotional support for anyone with hearing loss. Signal has a Hub which offers hearing screening, audiology services, hearing aids and equipment to improve people's quality of life. The Hub has regular coffee mornings & support groups for tinnitus sufferers and the deaf community and offers British Sign language & lip reading classes for all. Through outreach work and befriending support Signal aims to reach people isolated county wide

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a Shropshire location with easy access to practical and emotional support for hearing loss.


    » Ongoing support of The Hub in central Shrewsbury to expand its provision to people with hearing loss in Shropshire

    Success will be increasing awareness of the facility at The Hub, and measuring an increased number of people accessing ongoing practical and emotional support for hearing loss.

  • Impact


    The project will be key to building a deaf friendly community in Shropshire by increasing awareness of this hidden disability enabling people to play a full part in their family, social and community life, and reducing the stigma around deafness and hearing loss.


    There is a risk that the project will not raise enough money to become sustainable for the future. We are dealing with this by setting up a fundraising plan and looking to diversify income streams to become full funded within 3 years.


    We will report to donors via our quarterly newsletter 'Wave' & Annual Report available to donors either in printed format or by email. Regular news is available on our website, blog and social media pages. Donors will be very welcome to visit our Hub in central Shrewsbury to see our work in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £59,020 Building costs Rent, utilities, phone, rates & insurance
      £67,332 Staff & volunteer costs Hub manager over x 3 years, volunteer recruitment & expenses
      £36,340 Marketing & stationery Stationery, marketing & stock
      £41,645 Start up costs The Hub start up costs
      £18,474 Monitoring & evaluation M&E & contingency costs
      £27,189 Signal Support from Signal
  • Background


    Shropshire is a rural county with an ageing population higher than the national average. 70% of people over the age of 70 have hearing loss & of these are 50% more likely to get dementia. As a rural county the population is more susceptible to isolation and loneliness in addition to this factor increasing with the onset of hearing loss. Signal is the only organisation in the county offering a complete range of support through its Hub & outreach & befriending schemes for people with hearing loss


    Currently the greatest need is to work with older people over the age of 50 in Shropshire who are most at risk in terms of isolation, depression and an increased risk of dementia and abuse.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Signal has over 160 years experience of working with the deaf community in Shropshire.This project is the result of over two years consultation with the community about their needs for the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Coope

    Paul is the manager of Signal's Hub & is key to providing the caring support & knowledge to deal with people coming to terms with losing their hearing

I can now hearing the birds singing

I can now hearing the birds singing


can support 1 person with an outreach worker