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Project information

Room to Counsel, time to grieve

To refurbish the counselling room at our Hampshire family centre and paediatric test centre facilty; supporting parents of newly diagnosed deaf babies and young children at the point of diagnosis, giving them time and space to grieve for their childs hearing loss

June 2012 - August 2012

Charity information: The Elizabeth Foundation

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  • Need


    Each year between 10,000 and 14,000 babies and young children are screened for hearing loss within The Elizabeth Foundations first class paediatric facilities in Hampshire. Some of those children will be diagnosed as deaf and their parents will need time and space to come to terms with that sad fact. Our current counselling room is in need of updating to provide safe, relaxed and comfortable facilities to support parents in those first difficult days


    The knowledge that your child has a sensory disability often overwhelms parents and strips away their joy. The Elizabeth Foundation recognises this and understands that its staff has a duty to break difficult news sensitively, with great skill and empathy, and in the appropriate environment. We will refurbish our counselling room to provide a sanctuary for parents with appropriate facilities and comfort

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a comfortable and safe environment for parents of newly diagnosed deaf children


    » Provide new furniture, blinds, carpets and consumables to modernise our counselling room creating a place of security and safety for parents.

    What success will look like

    We will refurbish the counselling room and make it available to all parents who need our support, welcoming their feedback when the time is right for them

    Aim 2

    Provide parents with reference material about the effects of hearing loss and the support available


    » Develop a reference library for parents and professionals

    What success will look like

    We will develop a resource library available to parents of newly diagnosed deaf children and to professionals in the health and caring sectors with whom we work

    Aim 3

    Provide practical, emotional and empathetic counselling and support to parents of deaf children


    » Our specialist staff are on hand at all times to provide support and guidance to parents of newly diagnosed deaf children

    What success will look like

    Our staff will encourage parents to raise their expectations for their deaf childs future and over time introduce them to the wide range of first class services we offer

  • Impact


    Families who receive a diagnosis will have immediate access to emotional support and practical guidance in a safe and relaxed environment. Gaining immediate support from highly trained professionals reduces the overwhelming feelings of isolation felt by many parents, signposts them to the positive services available from The Elizabeth Foundation and gives them hope for their deaf childs future


    Whilst we refurbish the counselling room we will have to provide continuity of service to parents. We will overcome this temporary inconvenience by utilising a "parent" sitting room within our family centre and have planned the refurbishment during half term holidays so that families attending our daily education services are not affected


    We are happy to provide newsletters, and project specific reports and invoices as required by our donors. We also encourage all our supporters to visit our family centre so that they can see our services and facilities first hand and share in our outstanding achievements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,738

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,738 counselling room refurbish with new furniture, blinds, carpet
  • Background


    This counselling room is based at our Hampshire family centre from where we provide a wide range of gold star services to families from eight counties in the south/south east including London


    Families with newly diagnosed deaf children (aged 0 - 5) from diverse backgrounds including two parent and lone parent families, grandparents and siblings.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Elizabeth Foundation works in partnership with the Portsmouth Hospital Trust, providing the trust with screening facilities at our Hampshire family centre. When a child is diagnosed as deaf we work with the hospital audiologist to break the news to the family so that we can answer all their questions. The experience and expertise we have built up over 30 years ensures we are best placed to continue this service

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    Sally Moger

    Head of Business Development

    Huw Thomas

    Chief Audiological scientist

    Julie Hughes

    Director of children and family services