Minna Moffatt-Feldman, owner of Sign How, a Manchester-based social enterprise, has WON a place on the NatWest WISE100 Award (Women in Social Enterprise) in recognition of work to improve access for deaf people.
All Sign How teachers and assessors are themselves deaf, placing them in an ideal position to act as role models and help others to learn deaf awareness, British Sign Language and Communication Support Strategies across the Manchester boroughs and other parts of the UK.
The national award was announced October 29th, and celebrates the achievements of 100 leading women in social enterprise. Minna Moffatt-Feldman is the only Deaf professional nominated for the WISE100 Award. Minna will now be able to build on her work with frontline services such as education, police, fire services and NHS to help improve access for deaf people.
Sarah Emmott, Creative Director of Art with Heart, commented on this recognition:
“I’m delighted Minna and Sign How are up for this award. Learning BSL with Minna has been really useful both personally and professionally; I’m able to communicate better with friends and colleagues, and directed a production using BSL. It’s a beautiful language and Minna is an excellent teacher”.
Graham Stringer, MP Blackley and Broughton also commented: “I am delighted that Minna Moffatt-Feldman has won the NatWest Wise 100 award. The importance of sign language in helping to tackle the isolation of people who cannot communicate verbally or who are deaf cannot be underestimated. Minna and the Sign How social enterprise that she works for are a credit to Moston and Manchester.”
And we, at Urmston Grammar, are very proud of Minna who supports the school in teaching sign language to Year 12 students. She has also run Deaf Awareness days for Year 7 pupils, and has been in school to help out on our Expo days.