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This year, Signature is asking the public to decide the winner of the special Community Spirit Award. This award recognises the amazing work that’s being done by and for the community; it’s only right that the community decides who takes the trophy home.

Vote below for who you think deserves to take home the trophy for the community spirit award. The voting will close on the evening of the awards ceremony and the winner, the person or group with the most votes, will be announced on the night. Please note only one vote per email address.

The finalists are:

fingersmiths – fingersmiths is a physical theatre company performing plays in BSL and spoken or written English which tour nationally. fingersmiths’ work actively engages Deaf and hearing audiences. In addition fingersmiths provides a range of innovative training opportunities across the mainstream theatre sector. Working closely with the theatres regarding their marketing material is also a big priority for fingersmiths; they work on developing the knowledge and skills of these departments by informing them about which marketing and advertising techniques are most effective with the deaf community.

Southend High School for Girls – Having two deaf students, this mainstream school has embraced both deaf awareness and BSL classes in order to create a fully inclusive environment for everyone. As well as organising specialist assemblies and sign language taster sessions for staff, hearing students and deaf students, Southend’s CSW’s are a constant pillar of support for the two deaf students and work to the best of their ability to offer support and guidance in any way they can. The entire school has come together to fundraise, explore the importance of sign language and even elect their first deaf Sixth Form President. The true meaning of community spirit.

Lily Conlan – Being the inspiration for Mum Angela’s organisation ‘Hear Now and Always’, Lily uses her own experiences to fundraise and raise deaf awareness within her local community despite her hearing loss. As part of Hear Now and Always, Some of Lily’s major achievements include raising money in her school for a deaf speech charity, fundraising for a child who needed Cochlear implants, raising deaf awareness amongst her friends and allowing a magazine to feature a story about her ‘Cochlear Implants 1st Birthday’. In addition to all of this, Lily is learning BSL and recently sang in her school choir at the Royal Albert Hall! Lily is an inspiration and is very much dedicated to supporting others. Both Lily and Angela make the perfect team, and both continue to strive to make a difference and help other families who are going through the same experiences as they did together

Vision Signing Choir – Bringing together people from the deaf and hearing community, the Vision Signing Choir learn and perform songs with the aim of raising awareness of British Sign Language (BSL), and raising money for local charities. Over the years, the choir have performed at many events which has given the members the chance to shine and excel in something that they love. They are also hosting the National Signing Choir Competition this year, which will bring many deaf and hearing people together from different parts of the UK.


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