Captioning Awareness Week, highlighting the need for greater access to the arts for people with a hearing impairment, starts today (Captioning Awareness Week, 9-15 November 2020)

The 6th annual Captioning Awareness Week will take place online this week, from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th November 2020, supported by theatres, museums and galleries in the UK.

The Captioning Awareness Week campaign highlights the importance of access to the arts for d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences, when performances and exhibitions are being accessed online more than ever before.

Nearly one in five UK adults have hearing loss, but less than 1% are fluent in British Sign Language.

The new platform provides:

  • News: Information and updates about funder collaborations across the UK.
  • Connections: Opportunities to connect with other funders, share ideas and develop networks to support collaboration.
  • Resources: Data, tools and resources to support collaborative efforts, and
  • Events: An initial programme of learning events, webinars and forums organised by the Hub and partners.

An initial group of funder collaborations are featured on the platform, and over the next few weeks this will develop into a directory of collaborative funder activity. 

The hub is hosted by The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), with support from a project group of funder representatives that has met weekly since May 2020. These include representatives from National Lottery Community Fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Anyone involved in a collaboration, interested in joining one or with comments and suggestions about any aspect of the Hub, or with a collaboration or resources to add to the directory, can email

For further information, visit the Captioning Awareness Week website.


Source: UK Fundraising