CAN Mezzanine customer, Auditory Verbal UK (AVUK), have been shortlisted in the Disability category of Civil Society Media’s Charity Awards.
Based in CAN Mezzanine, Bermondsey, Auditory Verbal UK is an award-winning national charity that helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, without the need for lip reading or sign language.
By opening a specialised centre in London, AVUK has increased its capacity to see more families of deaf children. It has also established a new bursary scheme to enable access to its Auditory Verbal Therapy programme for more families from low-middle incomes.
Last year, it hosted its first Loud Shirt Day to help give deaf children the opportunity to listen and speak as equals among their hearing peers by wearing a colourful shirt and fundraising for the charity. Celebrities such as Lord Alan Sugar, Daniel Radcliffe and Usain Bolt supported the event which will take place again this year on Friday 16th June.
The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.
Each entry was invited to show how it demonstrates ten ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’, including Leadership, Enterprise and Innovation.
CEO of AVUK, Anita Grover said:
“It is an honour to be shortlisted for disability charity of the year at this year’s Charity Awards. We are delighted to see our life-changing work with deaf children being recognised by a prestigious panel of judges. We are very grateful to CAN Mezzanine for their continued support and enabling us to move into premises tailored for our work in 2015. This enabled us to support more families of deaf children from across the UK.”
The awards will be presented at The Pavilion, in the grounds of the Tower of London on Thursday 8th June.
See the full shortlist here.