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Project information

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The Elizabeth Foundation provides vital education & welfare support to babies & young children diagnosed with hearing loss, & their families. Our outstanding team teach deaf children to listen & speak, make friends, build loving relationships & enjoy their communities, giving them a positive future.

December 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: The Elizabeth Foundation

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  • Need


    Every year thousands of children are diagnosed as deaf; an enormous shock to parents with no experience of the impact of hearing loss. Bright, deaf children with poor communication are unable to use hearing aids/ implants independently to access speech or enjoy listening to sound. They cannot participate in classroom learning as they grow & fall quickly behind hearing peers. Without early intervention the children have reduced academic & social skills & families suffer enormous stress & anxiety


    We provide outstanding daily education & welfare sessions to children aged up to 5, using specialist techniques to develop listening, language & social skills. We give practical advice & emotional support to parents to promote their skills and confidence to help their child and tackle challenges head on. By providing the best education & oral development start in life our deaf children leave us at age 5 with age appropriate speech & language, & a solid foundation for future academic success.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support parents to come to terms with their childs hearing loss and its impact


    » Provide emotional & practical guidance from the point of diagnosis in a safe and family friendly environment, allowing parents to share their concerns
    » To introduce families to our daily, baby, toddler and pre school education & welfare sessions when they are ready
    » To encourage families with deaf children to talk to each other & build up their own support networks

    What success will look like

    We will ask parents to complete feedback questionnaires to identify their progress, ask then to share their stories with other parents on our website and in reports to our donors

    Aim 2

    To help deaf children accept & use their hearing aid / cochlear implants successfully


    » Introduce parents and children to the technologies which will help them access and enjoy every day sounds

    What success will look like

    Working in partnership with the Portsmouth Hospital Trust we will monitor and record confidence of use of hearing aids/cochlear implants

    Aim 3

    To teach deaf children to learn to listen and talk clearly by the age of 5


    » Provide bespoke speech and language therapy on a one to one basis
    » Provide daily classroom education, with a strong focus on developing age appropriate speech and language skills

    What success will look like

    Each child has an individual learning plan which identifies progress against key targets. This is regularly updated by our team, working closely with parents & other professionals

    Aim 4

    To support improved peer to peer relationships and social skills in our young children


    » Our children will be involved in a wide range of learning and play activities both inside and outside the classroom, building childhood friendships

    What success will look like

    Identified through learning and play activities and recorded in each childs individual learning plan. Activities are videod to evidence achievement & discussed with family members

  • Impact


    Deaf and hearing impaired children will gain age appropriate speech, language and listening skills by the age of 5, enabling them to join the mainstream school of their choice and to learn alongside hearing peers and teachers. Parents will feel more involved in their childs education, gain an understanding of the impact of hearing loss and will learn to advocate confidently on behalf of their child


    As with all charities we need to secure income to meet the costs of all our services. We minimise this risk by building transparent, long term and positive relationships with our donors and supporters, by building a strong portfolio of income streams and by investing in an informed strategic plan. All our projects are based on need, for which we are able to identify and demonstrate positive outcomes


    We are happy to provide donors with a range of information to meet their needs; we welcome visitors to our Family Centre to see our work first hand, provide copy accounts where required, provide project by project feedback, update our website and include details of our achievements in newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 session contributions deliver of preschool education
  • Background


    We provide daily education and welfare services to families with young deaf children, across the United Kingdom, from our Family Centre in Hampshire. These programmes include the daily educaton and welfare services described in this project as well as our unique Home Learning Programme. Look out for our residential programme starting in 2015 as well!


    Deaf and hearing impaired children aged 0 - 5, their parents and carers, as well as the professionals who help to support them. We support families from every background, every faith, culture, geographic location and economic background - everyone who needs our support can benefit from our services. 40% of our current children have additional special needs or learning difficulties

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been supporting families with deaf children for over 32 years and through our innovative and flexible services we have taught thousands of deaf children to listen and speak for themselves. We work in close partnership with the local Hospital Trusts, with social workers, cochlear implant centres, other third sector agencies and all the professionals that help and guide families in times of need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Miss Julie Hughes

    Director of Children and Family Services

Since attending TEF our sons speech, behaviour & understanding have significantly improved.

Mark Harvey - parent