National Deaf Children's Society Partners with Ambition

July 26, 2016

National Deaf Children’s Society
Young Volunteers Programme

There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK, and 90% are born to hearing parents with no experience of deafness. This often means families struggles to communicate, and children fall behind their hearing friends before they even reach school – a problem that can continue throughout their entire education.

Deafness is not a learning difficulty; there should not be such a stark difference in performance. Given the right support, deaf children and young people can achieve anything their hearing friends can.

To help close this attainment gap, the National Deaf Children’s Society has launched a Young Volunteers Programme to give deaf young people the skills to succeed and to prepare them for adult life.

Through the programme, young people aged 14-25 receive initial general volunteer training and then learn the specifics for the role they will be undertaking. At the National Deaf Children’s Society, this could be anything from deaf role model or presenter work to fundraising or campaigning.

Those who complete enough hours can also achieve the V-Awards.

One young volunteer commented: “Had an amazing time and made friends for life. I know I can use skills I learned for my future. Thank you!”

A parent said: “[Our son] has made some new friends which he is already keeping in touch with and he has learnt some valuable life skills which he can use in the future.”

The National Deaf Children’s Society is looking to broaden the range of opportunities available to those on its Young Volunteers Programme, and is always keen to speak to other Ambition members about new partnerships.

Founded in 1944, The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

The charity provides crucial information, advice and support to deaf children and their families through services like their Freephone helpline, local support groups, information sessions, residential events and a Roadshow bus that travels the UK teaching deaf awareness.

The National Deaf Children’s Society will run deaf awareness training workshop which is open to frontline staff who work directly with young people in October, and is also developing a new deaf-friendly standard for partner organisations which will be launched later this year. It is working in partnership with Ambition to promote this training across its Network.

A range of information and resources can be downloaded from www.ndcs.org.uk for members to share with any deaf young people who they support.

For further information and to discuss working in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society, please email Simon Harris, Post-14 Development Manager or call Simon on 0207 014 1121.

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