This is how Victoria Williams, Founder, describes how terptree started:
“I trained and registered as a Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) and graduated in 2005 from the SLI course with UCLAN.
One year on, almost to the day – I felt like I had achieved my big goal, but was still not quite satisfied with the impact that I had made. I still found myself frustrated at the lack of ethically run Interpreting Agencies.”
terptree was officially born! ‘terp’ short for Interpreter and ‘tree’ just because Victoria loves trees – this business’s ambition has grown substantially since its beginnings just providing Sign Language Interpreting Services.
Now with a grand mission to Change the World for Deaf People, terptree has evolved to support some of the largest global brands and public services affect change by creating a world-class deaf customer experience.
terptree is now a multi award winning business full of deeply passionate people who care about creating social change and truly education and empowering deaf and hearing people.
Sarah Bryers from Target PR describes clearly the journey the terptree has taken – “She could make a difference to the way that the deaf community experience the world, helping to make it fairer and more accessible. Not just by interpreting, but by taking her team’s insight, expertise and experience out to institutions and employers, and helping society to change. Practical steps, achievable improvements, making her own contribution and helping others to contribute too.”
And to the question that everyone asks – why did Victoria decide to work with deaf people?
Well here is the reason:
Victoria started learning British Sign Language (BSL) when she was 13, when her cousin Max was diagnosed as profoundly Deaf. The moment she started signing and became involved in the Deaf community – she could see the affinity that she had within the community and had a real sense of belonging that she had not at that point experienced before.
Max is always at the heart of what terptree does – and acts as a motivation for Victoria to truly make the world a place where deaf people can exist equally to hearing people.
Our business achievements are so tightly woven into the communities in which we work in, meaning each and every project, product, or service that we launch makes a significant impact on the change we wish to inspire not just in the UK; but across the world.
We take this one step further…
In order to achieve even more social impact, we are working with Buy 1 Give 1 and donating to deaf-related projects across the globe when you start doing business with us.
Take a look at the impact that you have made to deaf people’s lives overseas:
Simply put, terptree are driving the way forward in leading social change across the world for deaf people.
Our unique and forward thinking approach has been formed and is driven by our founder, Victoria Williams, who has been using British Sign Language for over 20 years and is a Registered British (BSL) Interpreter.
terptree has established itself as a pioneer and thought leader in the industry, paving the way for new ways of working within the deaf community that no other organisation in its sector are doing.
Educating businesses and organisations on how to work in partnership with deaf people to provide a world-class deaf customer experience.
Providing deaf people with the knowledge and skills so that they can better access all of the opportunities in the hearing world!
Providing exclusive Sign Language Training to develop and up-skill those people who are committed to progressing their Sign Language and those who have ambitions of a career as a Sign Language Interpreter.
Offering Sign Language Interpreter Education across the globe to train and maintain continual professional development and foster a feeling of unity; belief and passion for Sign Language Interpreting.
Each of these groups are interlinked and the actions of one has an impact on the other.
By educating service providers we are enabling them to provide more opportunities to engage and employ deaf people.
By educating and empowering deaf people we are creating more opportunities within the workplace and within society.
By providing excellent tuition and support to BSL Students, we are creating more Interpreters to support deaf people. By providing world class Interpreter Education we are ensuring the profession remains sustainable.