The Signature Awards are a cornerstone in our work to recognise people who are going above and beyond to improve access for deaf people. For the past nine years, our prestigious awards have been awarded to business leaders, community groups, volunteers, and teachers to name a few.
Our awards weren’t just about what has been achieved so far, but how our nominees were leading, educating and inspiring to create a brighter future for others.
In 2009 the first Signature Annual Awards were held in The Private Rooms at Buckingham Gate.
“Many people deserve recognition for their dedicated efforts to overcome barriers to communication between deaf and hearing people. Signature Annual Awards provide that recognition by acknowledging those whose contribution moves us all further toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.”
In 2010 the second Signature Annual Awards took place in the grand location of Hotel Russel.
“Our winners very much deserve all the praise they receive. More than 200 nominations were made across all categories and all our finalists deserve credit for their achievements.”
Plaisterers' Hall hosted the 2011 Signature Annual Awards, the third Annual Awards ceremony.
“The Signature Annual Awards recognise and praise individuals and organisations for their dedicated efforts and tireless determination working towards a society that is more inclusive for deaf and deafblind people. The awards have brought to light many inspiring stories that reach every walk of life. This evening we will be witness to many more amazing stories about those who strive to improve communication and raise awareness across our land.”
In 2012 the Signature Annual Awards returned to the prestigious Plaisterers' Hall for the fourth awards ceremony.
“The ceremony is always the highlight of our year and this year it will be particularly special, because it coincides with the 30th anniversary of Signature becoming a registered charity. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and recognising the contributions you have made to our collective vision of a society in which deaf people have full access.”
Our fifth Signature Annual Awards ceremony was hosted at the Bloomsbury Ballroom.
“These awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements made to improve communication and help us work towards a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access. We are proud to thank each and every one of you for the work you do throughout the UK.”
In 2014 Durham Cathedral welcomed the sixth Signature Annual Awards.
“We are here at Durham Cathedral to celebrate the dedication and determination of people and organisations, who share in our passion for excellence in communication with deaf and deafblind people. In particular, we will recognise those who we all consider to be outstanding. They are leading the way in making sure deaf and deafblind people have the access to society they need.”
In 2015 The Museum of Science and Industry hosted our Signature Annual Awards.
“We have chosen the Museum of Science and Industry to host Signature Recognises... The Community. The building itself is the oldest surviving railway station in the world, and its long history reflects that of deaf and deafblind people themselves, and the communities they live in.”
Prospero House, London hosted the 2016 Signature Annual Awards ceremony.
“We want to highlight and reward the people who are enriching education for deaf people and spreading understanding through teaching deaf communication and awareness.”
The Met Hotel, Leeds host the 2017 Signature Annual Awards ceremony.
“Signature has been a driving force for deaf communication for more than 36 years now. It’s because of thework of people like our finalists here tonight that we can continue to grow and provide those life changing opportunities for so many people.”
We were delighted to host our tenth Signature Annual Awards in the magnificent BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on the banks of the River Tyne in 2018.
“Over the last 36 years, Signature has continually looked forward, doing everything we can to improve communication between deaf, deafblind and hearing people. Going forward from today will be no different, but only with your help, support and passion can this continue.”
If you have any questions about the Signature Annual Awards please contact us we will be happy to help.