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Hi everyone, my name is Faye. I don’t have a sign name yet, so I will fingerspell my name for now. I was born profoundly deaf, but grew up oral and not knowing BSL.

I grew up wearing hearing aids. I had to grow up with no access to BSL, which was hard. I am sure you will understand that. I started learning BSL two years ago, and hopefully will begin the Level 3 course in September! I can communicate orally, but I prefer sign. My receptive skills are much better than productive, so please bear with me as I can be rather slow.

I’m from Manchester, and I work for a national charity called LGBT Foundation where I’m the fundraising manager. I have about 6 years’ experience working in charitable fundraising sector, as well as this, I’m also training to become a qualified counsellor.

I’ve joined the advisory group because as I’m sure you’re all aware, the deaf community experiences disproportionate health inequalities, whilst also experiencing barriers to access. At the first advisory meeting, we talked about linking up with a range of different organisations and community groups.

I agree wholeheartedly with this, but I think it’s also important that we link in with decision-makers, like funders, MPs, local councils, statutory bodies like the Department of Health, and the NHS. I believe that linking in with these stakeholders is really important, because they have resources.

If we want change to happen, we ultimately need resource which those decision-makers have. And so, I want to be able to offer my experience working in the voluntary and fundraising sector, to help the campaign reach community, and those people in positions of power and influence.

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