Charity helping deaf children shortlisted for awards

Therapy sessions at Auditory Verbal UK, based in Bicester

Therapy sessions at Auditory Verbal UK, based in Bicester

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A Bicester-based charity has been shortlisted in a national awards scheme for its work helping deaf children.

Auditory Verbal UK has been shortlisted from a record number of charities from across the UK entering the Children and Young People Now awards, with results announced in London on November 26.

The charity’s CEO Anita Grover has also been shortlisted as Rising Chief Executive of the Year in the national Third Sector Awards which was due to take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London yesterday (September 24).

Auditory VerbalUK teaches deaf children to listen and speak and develop the life-long communication and social skills they need to participate fully in the hearing world. The charity has been shortlisted in four categories at the Children and Young People Awards - for the Early Intervention Award, Learning Award, Children and Young People’s Charity of the Year and Children’s Achievement Award.

CEO Anita Grover said: “We are delighted to be finalists at the Children and Young People Now awards and that our work at Auditory Verbal UK has been recognised by a prestigious judging panel.

“It is also fantastic to see our profoundly deaf young Ambassador – 15-year-old James Curtis - shortlisted for children’s achievement.

“We are very proud of the achievements of all the children that we have worked with.

“Like James, they are challenging perceptions of what deaf children can do and demonstrating every day that they can do all the things that their hearing peers can do.”

Anita Grover graduated from Kent University in 1991 with a degree in economics and politics. She pursued a career in the public sector directing a series of highly successful government marketing and communications campaigns and working on a range of social policy issues at the Departments of Education, Social Security and Work and Pensions. Before taking up the post of CEO of Auditory VerbalUK in 2013, she was Head of Communications Group for the Department for Work and Pensions.