A world-renowned charity is leaving Huddersfield after 25 years.

Music and the Deaf is moving to Eureka! in Halifax as it needs more space.

It comes as demand for its services grows globally.

Danny Lane, artistic director, said: “The charity has been running 25 years now and we are looking to expand.

“I think we have made some really bold plans for Music and the Deaf in the future and we’re being recognised internationally as well as nationally, so we’re moving to accommodate the team and also to be able to involve the community.”

The charity, now in its last week at the Media Centre, has a core team of five, but many more support workers connected to it.

In recent times they’ve see demand for what they do grow, and there are now Music and the Deaf groups in the Dominican Republic and Singapore, with Australia soon to follow in its footsteps.

As such, they’ve outgrown their Huddersfield base but wanted to stay as local as possible.

Mr Lane added: “It is important we are still local to offer advice to people and help empower them. Ten million people alone in the UK have some form of hearing loss, and we can’t do this all by ourselves.

“Part of our remit for the future is to build up national programmes that involve the deaf community.

“We’re quite excited about our move, but we have butterflies as we pack all of our boxes. We have done some outreach work at Eureka over the last year so we know it.

“There are more rooms there, which means we can run workshops and bring the community in and involve them more in what we do.”

And that outreach work is extending as far as is can - with a tour of three Australian states planned.

Paul Whittaker, who founded the charity 25 years ago, is also touring Europe to spread the word about Music and the Deaf and encourage other countries to follow in their steps.

Paul Whittaker
Paul Whittaker
 

Mr Lane added: “Kirklees has been a good home to us, I hope people will follow us and continue to support us.”