Shaw Trust, one of the prime providers on the Government’s Work Choice programme, teamed up with Clarion, bringing the City of Stoke-on-Trent a fantastic Open Day showcasing the services provided for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

The effort for the organisation paid off with a fantastic turnout from Deaf organisations, dDeaflinks and Deaf Vibe, DEAs, and Deaf individuals themselves. A raffle was held to win prizes donated from Clarion and Shaw Trust including a meal voucher for Frankie & Benny’s! And of course… lots and lots of cakes, made especially by a local school.

Our very own dynamic duo, Bob and Tanya, traveled up North to show support for Shaw Trust’s efforts in supporting their Deaf and Hard or Hearing peers and had this to say:

“It was a real privilege to be invited to Shaw Trust’s Deaf Open Day and to see so many Deaf and hard of hearing customers attend to sample the benefits of how we can help the region’s Deaf community. The event was so well organised and promoted and we were honoured by the special appearance of former Hollyoaks actress, Rachel Shenton. Our partnership with Shaw Trust spans many years and this was the culmination of our success in reaching out to my fellow Deaf peers in this area. I sincerely hope we can do the same in other areas with Shaw Trust to reinforce the message that we are here to help. Sincere thanks goes to everyone at Shaw Trust and our Lead CEC, Penny Wilkinson for making the day a complete success”

Bob’s ‘celebrity’ status was overshone by an extra special guest appearance from Rachel Shenton before she jetted off to LA to shoot the next season of Switched at Birth!

Bob and Rachel just couldn't resist being papped!

Bob and Rachel just couldn’t resist being papped!

Penny, our lead CEC who helped organise the event commented saying:

“I want to say a huge thanks to Shaw Trust and the team at Stoke-on-Trent for all their hard work and support, they are truly an amazing group of people.”

Dominic Jeffreys, Team Leader at Shaw Trust after the event had this to say:

“It was the first time we had put on an event like this for the deaf community so we were all nervous but excited. It was important for us to do this so we could show we’re a centre of excellent and how our strong links with passionate organisations like Clarion and dDeaflinks help us improve our expertise. To have Rachel take time out of her busy schedule to see us was great, it created a really good vibe and she was very friendly. Thank you to the Shaw Trust team in Stoke and Penny from Clarion has been amazing in helping us come this far. We’re now going to start planning our next event, which will focus on employment opportunity for clients who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.”

We look forward to the next Deaf Open Day event – Hope to see you there!