Glasgow-based deaf charity closes after 200 years

Deaf Connections, the Glasgow-based voluntary organisation delivering specialist services to adult deaf people across Scotland, has been placed in to voluntary liquidation after experiencing cash flow difficulties.

The charity ceased all operations from yesterday (August 29).

A statement from the board of directors explained that falling revenues and public sector funding had led to the appointment of provisional liquidators at the charity that formed officially in 1822.

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Ken Pattullo and Kenny Craig of Begbies Traynor were appointed as provisional liquidators by the court on 29th August after a detailed review of the charity’s finances and trading.

Mr Pattulo said: “Despite efforts over recent years to generate income from training and services as well as offering meeting and venue space at its head office building at 100 Norfolk Street base in Glasgow, the charity’s income shortfall has left the directors no option but to cease operations immediately.

“The board is appealing for other organisations to step in to assist, where possible, in the delivery of any aspect of its work to the deaf community that it has served for almost two centuries.

In a statement issued today, the board of directors of Deaf Connections Ltd said: “We would like to thank all of our frontline staff who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of those most disadvantaged in society. In the last few years, we have attempted to engage with young people more than ever and our ongoing success represents this achievement.

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“We are saddened that we will no longer be able to deliver this much needed and effective service to young people ,but it is not just young people that will be affected by this decision. All of our committees, clubs and the entire deaf community will be affected by the loss of a venue that provided for them since Deaf Connections moved to Norfolk Street in 1990.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us and we are tremendously proud of everything we have achieved together for 197 years.”

In order to fulfil their duties as directors, the board consulted insolvency professionals to evaluate Deaf Connections’ legal options.

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