Project information

Creating a sound future for deaf children

Ensuring deaf children in the UK have the same opportunities in life as their hearing peers. We want more families to benefit from AVUK’s specialist listening and spoken language programme which is transforming outcomes for young deaf children and enabling them to get an equal start at school.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Auditory Verbal UK

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  • Need


    Without specialist support in the critical early years of their lives, deaf children are at higher risk of underachieving at school and experiencing depression, social exclusion, and low employment prospects.

    Auditory Verbal UK supports families to develop their deaf child’s listening, talking and social skills to thrive at school and beyond. 80% of children who spend two years on our specialist programme develop language appropriate for their age. Most go to mainstream school.


    Less than 5% of the 7,200 deaf children who could benefit from this life-changing support are currently able to do so.

    We want to transform services so that every family can access support close to where they live. We will achieve this by providing direct, subsidised support to families, training the national workforce to improve outcomes for deaf children and raising awareness to challenge outdated perceptions of what deaf children can achieve.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase access to our programme through subsidised support to deaf children and their families


    » Support a caseload of 100+ families a year from our London and Oxfordshire centres
    » Provide emotional and practical support to families of deaf children
    » Provide subsidised support to all families with a particular focus on those on low and middle incomes

    What success will look like

    Success measured by the number of families supported and the development of these deaf children's language skills and the number of workshops and seminars organised for families

    Aim 2

    Developing a national workforce of auditory verbal therapists through our training programme


    » Provide training to health and education professionals enabling them to transform outcomes for deaf children in their local communities
    » Deliver distance training to further increase access to our expertise and support
    » Work with healthcare professionals and decision makers to influence the provision of services for deaf children and secure funding for training

    What success will look like

    Success measured by the number of health and education professionals engaged through our training and outreach work

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of the impact of our support and ensure parents have access to accurate information


    » Publish an outcomes study which demonstrates the effectiveness of our programme
    » Share our outcomes study with professionals and key decision-makers in the UK and internationally

    What success will look like

    Success measured by the number of events at which we are able to share our research on auditory verbal therapy and evidence of the costs, benefits and impact of our work

  • Impact


    80% of deaf children who complete 2 years on our programme achieve listening and spoken language skills on a par with their hearing peers. This enables them to get an equal start at school. The impact is transformational and lifelong.
    Equipping health and education professionals with the skills to transform outcomes for deaf children will enable many more children to benefit from the approach through sustainable local provision.


    Financial circumstances can be a barrier to accessing our support. We have dealt with this risk by subsidising fees for all families and freezing costs since 2009. This, plus our bursary scheme, is only possible thanks to the generosity of our funders.

    A small pool of professionals with knowledge of auditory verbal practice. To mitigate this risk, we continue to develop opportunities to deliver free team training days to NHS departments to demonstrate the efficacy of our approach.


    Donors will receive regular updates via our AVUK newsletter, our website and social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Support for children highly trained clinicians delivering fortnightly sessions for deaf children and their parents/carers
      £10,000 Traning providing training and outreach for health and education professionals in targeted regions of UK
      £10,000 Outcomes publishing outcomes study and raising awareness

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Blagrave Trust £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    UK wide


    Deaf babies and children throughout the UK and their families.

    “When Charlie started at AVUK he had over a two year speech delay, was struggling to make friends and was a very frustrated child. AVUK transformed his life and Charlie is now flying at school, has age-appropriate speech, lots of friends. We will be forever grateful.”
    Parents of AVUK ‘graduate’ Charlie

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AVUK is uniquely placed to deliver this project to ensure more deaf children enjoy the same opportunities as their hearing peers. We are the only charity providing auditory verbal therapy to families in the UK and the quality of our outputs, the consistency of our outcomes, and the leadership of the organisation have all been recognised in recent awards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anita Grover

    Chief Executive Anita is profoundly deaf and brings personal insight into hearing loss and a passion for improving the life chances of deaf children

    Dr Sarah Hogan

    Research Coordinator and Auditory Verbal Therapist Sarah leads on our outcome work and raising awareness of the impact of our support

    Victoria Watermeyer

    Audiologist and Trainee Auditory Verbal Therapist Victoria is key in delivering our programme of direct support to deaf children and their families


The cost of providing our life-changing support for a deaf child for one year.

"We feel so optimistic about Sam’s bright future and we don’t feel his deafness will hold him back from achieving anything he wants to do."

Parents of AVUK 'graduate' Sam