GDA, Gloucestershire’s leading deaf charity, are ending 2017 on a high with the announcement that the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek, will become the charity’s first charity patron.
Bishop Rachel said of the appointment, “It was an honour to have been asked to be patron of GDA. They provide incredible practical and emotional support for deaf people in Gloucestershire and I am passionate about their work to break down communication barriers for deaf sign language users and those with significant hearing loss, so they are able to participate more fully in their communities.”
Jenny Hopkins, GDA’s Chief Executive also said “GDA feels delighted and privileged to welcome Bishop Rachel as GDA’s patron. As we move closer towards our centenary in 2019, we wanted to rekindle the longstanding connection the church has always had with our Association. In addition Bishop Rachel’s early career as a speech therapist, her genuine understanding of the challenges deaf people face and her natural awareness of how to communicate well around deaf people make her uniquely well qualified to take up this role. We look forward very much to the contribution she will make in the years to come.”