SignHealth makes a move to cap­i­tal

‘Time is right’ for char­ity to re­lo­cate to city from Bea­cons­field home

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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.

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