New role for teacher at Portsmouth deaf kids charity

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A FORMER teacher for deaf children’s charity the Elizabeth Foundation has been employed as a director.

Julie Hughes used to teach deaf pre-school children at the Portsmouth-based charity and worked to support families.

Now, she has been awarded the newly-created role of director of children and family services.

Julie said: ‘I am very excited to be back and I am looking forward to helping to create the latest chapter in the development of this special charity.’

Founded in 1981, The Elizabeth Foundation is celebrating 30 years of services, and has helped nearly 1,000 families.

Shirley Metherell, the charity’s founder, said: ‘We have been searching for two years for the right person to take on this very important role.

‘I am both relieved and excited to have Julie back with us.

‘She understands exactly what the foundation is all about and I have absolute faith in her abilities.

‘The developments of our specialist services are in very good hands.’