The Group began to provide lipreading classes in June 2010. It then had a chairman, treasurer and secretary. It has since grown in size and complexity. Publicity and booking officers have been added and in February 2018 it became an ‘unincorporated charitable association’ number 1177183. The early constitution was changed to match government document GD3 and management committee members became Trustees with responsibilities as set out in document CC3.
There are 7 trustees, 6 of whom are officers or assistants. They meet several times a year to discuss broad management issues. Between meetings they are in frequent contact by e-mail about specific decisions. The Annual General Meeting is held each summer. All members and a range of visitors are invited to attend. There is an overview of the activities of the group from the chair and the officers give reports of progress in the areas for which they are responsible. Officers standing for re-election are approved and replacement officers appointed where necessary.
In recent years the AGM has been followed by a talk from an invited speaker. The topics covered have included hearing dogs, living with the hard of hearing, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants and development of services for the deaf in the Isle of Man. The occasion is concluded with a buffet meal.
The proposal to form the THHG came from local people with hearing impairment. It was supported by Genie Networks and help with accommodation was provided by VCAT (Voluntary and Community Action Trafford). Links with these organisations have been maintained over the years. The chief officer of VCAT advised us when applying to the Charity Commission. Our former chairman, now president, maintains contact with these and other local organisations, for example Forever Manchester and Trafford Thrive, with whom we have concerns in common.
Trustees, June 2018 - Dave Clarke: Francis Gomes: Doreen Henderson: Jackie Kerr: George Mawer: Marianne New: David Owen:
President - Ron Rolph. Tutor - Mary Allison
Relaxing after the AGM 2018