Awards & commendations in 2014

Awards & commendations in 2014
We are delighted to have jointly won the 2013/2014 Shine a Light ‘Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Innovation Award’. The ‘Shine a Light’ awards team described:
“The Life & Deaf Association, a not-for-profit organisation based in Greenwich that raises deaf awareness across society, is celebrating after winning the SLCN Innovation Award at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards for their campaigning work to develop deaf children and young people’s ability to communicate within communities. The Life & Deaf Association was unveiled as the joint winners of the SLCN Innovation Award, alongside Artburst Ltd, in recognition of their portable exhibition that took a positive deaf awareness message to schools across fifteen cities.
The awards, held in London on Thursday 3rd April and hosted by Broadcaster and Health Campaigner, Anne Diamond, are run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication Trust to honour individuals, teams, campaigns, communication friendly settings and communities that have excelled in their support of children and young people’s communication.


The Life & Deaf Association drove a VW-camper van across the UK wrapped in poetry asking people to learn to sign Good Morning as a gesture of inclusion. Each morning the van stopped at a school where deaf young poets delivered an assembly, performed signed poetry and interactively discussed feelings and experiences. In the afternoons, the camper van was driven to Tesco car parks to reach a diverse cross section of British communities. In total, 20,000 shoppers were taught to sign ‘Good Morning’ and deaf-awareness freebies were distributed.
Anne Fox, Director of the Communication Trust and Shine a Light Award Judge, said: “Congratulations to The Life & Deaf Association for winning the SLCN Innovation Award. Their creative and innovative work has improved the confidence and self-esteem of deaf children and young people by making their voices heard. Their work will help to motivate and inspire others in the field”.
Chris Hall, Managing Director of Pearson Assessment and Shine a Light Award judge, announced: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate The Life & Deaf Association for their well-deserved win. We have been blown away by this years nominations and seen some truly inspiring examples of work being carried out to support children and young people with SLCN. With the awards now in their third year, we are excited to have helped over 90 organisations and teams shout about their work and go on to inspire others”. As a result of The Life & Deaf Association campaign, schools pledged to add signed poetry to the English curriculum, to set up poetry corners for self-expression and to use poetry alongside behaviour interventions and counselling”.
For the full list of Shine a Light winners and highly commended finalists, visit
In addition, we were delighted that the Life & Deaf Association was selected as a Highly Commended finalist in the “Arts and Culture” category of the Children & Young People Now 2014 awards.