SignHealth makes a move to capital
‘Time is right’ for charity to relocate to city from Beaconsfield home
SignHealth has announced its departure from Baring Road for the bright lights of the capital in a staggered move at the end of July.
Head office will be relocating to a new premises in Balham, south-west London, in a move to save money and consolidate resources.
Launched in 1985 from a room above the Oxfam shop in High Street, SignHealth saw continual growth, leaving for Penn before returning to Beaconsfield in 2004.
The charity says the move from Bucks will allow staff to be closer to teams and service users in London.
It will continue to work with deaf adults and chil- dren in Buckinghamshire and will maintain four staff in South Bucks.
A charity spokesman says it has strong links to the capital, having run services there for many years, and the move will allow it to build and grow.
Abby Herbert at the charity said: “We have enjoyed some fantastic local support over the past 30 years and while we hope that much of this will continue, we recognise some will not be possible – a downside of the move.
“We hope to attract more deaf staff in the future and that will be easier if we are in London.
“It has been lovely work- ing with you over the last few years.”
CEO James WatsonO’Neill said: “The time is right. The charity started in Beaconsfield. From there it has grown and grown. We want to see that growth continue. Being closer to our services will be a big help.
“We want to continue to improve the health of deaf people in London and beyond. SignHealth has an exciting future and this move will give us a much stronger position to build that growth.”
The headquarters will be based on Oakmead Road, Balham, from the end of July.