Deaf Direct

Deaf Direct won £2000 of Good Neighbour funding during the 2016 campaign.

What is the Deaf Direct Youth Camp?

Deaf Direct work to support people with hearing loss in Worcestershire. Hearing loss is a hidden and often neglected condition and it can affect anyone at any time, from babies and children through to the elderly. It has an impact on all aspects of life, including education, employment, wellbeing and social isolation. Deaf Direct help local people with hearing loss to retain their independence and to encourage them to achieve the things they want to achieve. Whether it’s interpreting at a GP appointment, helping people to choose which equipment they need to combat deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, or providing information to those newly diagnosed with hearing loss, they help break down communication barriers and change lives. Part of their work involves supporting children and young people who are living with hearing loss. Each year, they hold a Residential trip (Youth Camp) where young people take part in activities to improve their skills, Deaf Direct need funding so that the next Camp can go ahead.

Why should Deaf Direct Youth Camp receive a donation from the Good Neighbour programme?

Deaf Direct works within the county to support people with hearing loss. Every year they run a Camp for children and young people who live with hearing loss. Children take part in fun outdoor activities such as climbing, abseiling and water sports to increase their independence, confidence and communication skills. For some, this is the first time that they will have met another child with hearing loss as they can often be the only child in their class with this disability. The Camp gives children the chance to feel included and valued. Fully-trained staff and peer mentors help children not to feel embarrassed or ashamed about their hearing loss, but to have fun and to help them to see they can achieve what they want to. The skills children learn at The Camp prove that hearing loss need not be a barrier.

What could Deaf Direct Youth Camp use the money for?

The money would be used to fund up to 9 places for children at The Camp. The funds could also be used to fund the youth and support workers who help children with their communication skills and who are essential to ensuring the trip’s success.