Deaf Action and Sonus announce merger

Deaf Action and Sonus, two deaf people’s support charities founded in the 19th century, have merged.

The move sees Sonus chief executive Liz Jones take up the new role of deputy chief executive of Deaf Action. Philip Gerrard remains as chief executive of the merged charity.

Both charities were founded in the 19th century. Sonus launched in 1879, which Deaf Action was founded in 1835 and is the oldest deaf organisation in the world.

“By merging, Sonus and Deaf Action we will have a stronger and more resilient workforce who can better support the needs of deaf people,” said Jones.

“We will improve and increase our specialist services, sharing knowledge and skills. As a larger, stronger organisation, we will be better equipped to support even more deaf people across the country.”

The merged charity says that its services will remain the same.

Deaf Action CEO Philip Gerrard added: “We’re delighted to be merging with Sonus– it’s a great opportunity to bring two of the longest standing deaf charities together to offer our support to even more deaf people.”

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