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Funding awarded to make more London theatres accessible for deaf people

Funding awarded to make more London theatres accessible for deaf people

Stagetext, a charity set up to improve access to performing for hard of hearing people, has received from a new source to make more theatres in the heart of accessible for deaf people.

It has received a grant of £6,800 from the City of London Corporation’s new Central Grants Programme. It will use this to develop its services to provide access for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to theatres in the Square Mile.

It will also use it to train more organisations in the use of their captioning and live subtitling services. Theatre staff will receive deaf awareness training.

 

Stagetext live-subtitles for Michael Faraday Lecture by Professor Frank Close. Photo: The Royal Society

Stagetext live-subtitles for Michael Faraday Lecture by Professor Frank Close. Photo: The Royal Society

 

Nick Bodger, Head of Cultural and Visitor Development at the City of London Corporation, said:

“Culture enriches us all, unlocking imagination, creativity and innovation and we want to ensure that this is available to all our workers, residents and visitors.”

 

Subtitling at The House

Subtitling at The House, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2016

New Central Grants Programme

The City of London Corporation’s Central Grants Programme is a new grants scheme supporting community, cultural, environmental, educational and employment projects in the Square Mile and beyond.

Stagetext is one of eight London organisations to receive funding from its first round. A total of £47,332 has been distributed.

The City Corporation is the country’s biggest funder of culture after the Government, the BBC and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It invests £80 million every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds.

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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