Project information

Deaf Direct Youth and Children Services

To provide social and development activities and residential events for deaf children/young people and their families which are communication friendly and enable them to access mainstream activities.

April 2012 - March 2015

Charity information

Deaf Direct

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  • Need


    Many deaf children are educated in mainstream schools, struggling with communication they often become frustrated and isolated, this often leads to mental health issues with 40% of deaf children experiencing problems. Families with deaf children often have no experience of caring for a deaf child, and can become confused by different communication methods or ways to raise their child, hearing siblings can feel that often the attention is on the deaf child and are unaware of why.


    Our activities enable deaf children to come together and create their own peer group to prevent them from feeling isolated. Involving the whole family helps to reduce frustration within the family unit and creates an environment of deaf awareness with siblings. Communication friendly activities led by deaf role models helps to build self esteem and confidence and reduces barriers to activities which their hearing peers take for granted.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide access to activities for deaf children.


    » all our staff are bi-lingual in British Sign Language and English and we provide interpreters to enable participation in activities.

    Success will be...enabling access to activities that a deaf children may not be able to experience without support

    Aim 2

    Support all communication methods, support children and families to find the best way communicate.


    » Enable children with different communication methods to mix by ensuring all communication methods are met during activities

    Success will be...Seeing families communicate effectively and children understanding and being understood.

    Aim 3

    Develop children's confidence


    » Encourage participation in activities which enable the child to develop their own confidence and self esteem

    Success will be...everyone getting involved regardless of ability

    Aim 4

    Promote deaf identity and create a peer group


    » Provide opportunities where the children can mix with other deaf children to create a deaf identify and peer group

    Success will be...seeing the children seeing themselves for who they are are and not their disability.

  • Impact


    The project will help to minimise the risk of a deaf child becoming isolated and developing mental health issues by providing an inspiring and friendly environment for them to participate.

    We can demonstrate the success by seeing soft outcomes, a happier child, a more confident child as well as seeing them grow into independent adults. We will gather feedback after activities to ensure that the children and families are benefiting from the services.


    There is a risk that families will not access the service or feel they do not need to meet other deaf children, we have successful run projects in the past and have families already interested so this is not a high risk.

    All activities meet our safeguarding policy, children who attend are safe from harm and fully supported to meet their needs.


    We report to donors in a number of ways we email them with regular updates, provide them with a copy of our quarterly newsletter and the children send them postcards when we go away on residential.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Staffing 3 year funded post of co-ordinator and sessional staff to undertake activities
      £8,000 Travel User transport and expenses for volunteers
      £30,000 Activity Costs Activity Costs and Residential events
      £15,000 Communication Access to activities with interpreters
      £32,000 Overheads Rent, Administration, Advert, Stationery etc
  • Background


    We cover Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire. Due to the nature of the counties mainly children live in rural locations and so do not have local activities they can access, we bring all the children together. We have vibrant communities centres in each of the areas to hold activities as well as a wealth of activities to visit and residential centres to stay.


    Deaf children and their families will be the main beneficiaries. Indirectly activities providers by enabling deaf children to access services it creates deaf awareness and reduces barriers for future generations of deaf children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Deaf Direct has been established since 1947, we deal with all ages and provide information and advice on deafness to families, adults and other professionals. We are a deaf led organisation with over half of the staff having a hearing loss themselves.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Philip Gerrard

    As CEO, Philip is himself a Deaf BSL user and has deaf children. He is all too well aware of the vital need for services

    Youth Workers

    These are the front line staff, always willing to support hanging from an abseil tower or canoeing down a river!