In 1886 a group of vicars (the Leicester Church Workers Union) came together to do something about the ‘deaf and dumb’. The result was the Leicester & County Mission for the Deaf, founded in June 1897. The first paid missionary, Mr A Cuttell (from the Carlisle Deaf Association), was appointed. He remained in this post until his death in 1904.
AD Books launched.
AD Cultural launched with the new three-year Lottery project, Hear Now.
Governing document restructured with AD’s status as service provider assured thus ending ties with the Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance.
Archbishop of Leicester steps down as Honourable President of Leicester & County
135 Welford Road, Leicester sold. Action Deafness offices moved to the Peepul Centre.
Leicester Deaf Users Groups relocated to The Firs Social Club, Leicester and continues to be financially supported by Action Deafness.
Communication and Interpreting Service rebranded as AD Communications.
Action Deafness acquired a grant from the DWP for the successful delivery of 61 temporary staff via the Future Jobs Fund throughout an 18-month period.
AD Communications successfully acquired a three-year contract with St Andrews Healthcare Trust for the delivery of specialist mental health interpreting provision in Northampton.
Signing Futures project launched with funding for two years.
AD Community launched.
Obtained quality standards ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 accreditation.
AD Tech and AD Employment launched at an evening reception at the House of Commons, London.
AD Communications successfully acquired a framework contract with Walsall Council for BSL interpreting provision.
Politician Andrew Bridgen MP appointed as AD Patron.
Action Deafness produced its ‘AD 2015 Strategy’.
AD Communications launched its new service, Red Dot Connect Video Online Interpreting.
AD Communications successfully acquired a framework contract in Sussex for BSL interpreting provision for over 20 agencies.
AD Books successfully launched its two published books.
17 Forest Road, Loughborough sold.
Loughborough Hard of Hearing User Groups relocated to Baxter Gate Baptist Church, Loughborough and continues to be financially supported by Action Deafness.
AD produced its Deafness Strategy document for local and health authorities in the East Midlands.
AD Cultural ‘Hear Now Forward’ project retained Big Lottery funding for an unprecedented second time.
AD Communications successfully acquired Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning & University Hospitals of Brighton contract.
AD Community successfully acquired service users from East Midlands region
AD Books successfully launched its two published books on deaf sport & mental
AD Community successfully acquired service users from West Midlands region
AD successfully gained both ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 accreditation for the third time in a row.
AD Community reached its first four-figure monthly milestone.
AD Communications reached its first six-figure monthly income.
Action Deafness became a charitable company, thus merging traditional Leicester & Loughborough charities and Action Deafness trading company into one incorporation throughout the UK.
Acclaimed Shakespearian actress Josette Simon OBE became AD Patron.
Action Deafness produced its 2015-2018 strategy with aspirations of being a ‘business solutions provider’.
Action Deafness became a Registered Personal Care Provider under the new Care Quality Commission accreditation (CQC)
Action Deafness established the new ‘YOUchoose’ consortium with five partners for Community Support and Personal Assistant service throughout the UK
Action Deafness achieves ‘The National Living Wage’ employer status
Red Dot Connect cemented its partnership with SignLive Video Relay Services
Leon Lloyd becomes Action Deafness Patron
Action Deafness provides Personal Care services to a number of clients working in association with Cambridge Deaf Association
Received its first CQC inspection with ‘required improvement’ rating
Relocated main office to Loughborough University.
Leicester remains Head office with additional offices in Derby and Brighton
Community expanded into Personal Support Services in Durham/Teesside working in partnership with CJ Community Services
Commenced one year Befriending project in Birmingham in conjunction with Deaf Plus
Successful completion of 2015-2018 strategic plan with positive outcomes for service delivery
Creation of new Five-Year Strategic Plan to 2023 approved by Board of Trustee Directors