Project information

Deaf Families Together

To enable Deaf Parents and their families to successfully take part in community life

January 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: Deaf Parenting UK

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  • Need

    Need

    Research shows that Deaf parents suffer from poor communication within their own extended families, fail to engage effectively with other parents and become very isolated. Deaf parents’ needs are primarily linguistic and cultural and they fail to receive the support they need and so continue to lack in confidence and remain confused and feeling vulnerable. Frustration and isolation can be expressed in chronic anxiety or depression, sometimes tipping over into psychosis.

    Solution

    The Parent Participation worker will carry out a programme of outreach through Deaf clubs and other service providers in London and the Southeast to the Deaf community to ensure that Deaf parents are aware of the services that are available to support them to achieve best outcomes for their children. The worker will convene discussion groups of Deaf Parents and also support them to request or lobby for services from their local authority or health services.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the routes for Deaf parents to access community services and resources and support


    Activities

    » Parenting participation worker outreach and engagement with Deaf parents and their families around London

    What success will look like

    All activities will be evaluated using a range of methods, including before and after interviews, feedback forms and longer term monitoring/tracking.


    Aim 2

    Deaf people will be involved in developing and improving supportive services for their families


    Activities

    » Parenting participation worker outreach and engagement with Deaf parents and their families around London

    What success will look like

    All activities will be evaluated using a range of methods, including before and after interviews, feedback forms and longer term monitoring/tracking.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Increase community involvement for families where one or both parents is Deaf
    Increase the cohesion and positive family relationships in families where one or both parents is Deaf
    Increase the level of awareness of service providers of the needs of families where one or both parents is Deaf

    The evidence of this impact will be provided through feedback from both service providers and and feedback collated from service providing agencies in the private, voluntary and statutory sectors.

    Risk

    A risk is that the needs of families where one or both parents are Deaf are seen as low profile and not high priority. This risk will be addressed by sharing case studies obtained direct from parents and children to highlight their actual and potential social exclusion.

    Another risk is DPUK's lack of experience and capacity in running sustained fundraising campaigns. This has been addressed by DPUK's participation in the Media Trust's Stronger Voices staff and trustee training programme

    Reporting

    DPUK will produce an impact report annually which will be shared online via our website, Facebook page and other social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,500 Parenting Participation Worker Salary -28 hours per week
  • Background

    Location

    London

    Beneficiaries

    Families based in a London borough with children aged 0-18 where one or both parents identify as culturally and/or linguistically (sign language users) Deaf

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In 2004 DPUK was the first UK set up to focus the needs of families where one or both parents is Deaf and is the only charity which is constitutionally led by Deaf parents doing so.

    DPUK has established a range of partnerships including with local and health authorities, British Deaf Association, Royal Association for Deaf People, National Deaf Children's Society, University College London and University of Manchester to promote and improve the quality of services provided to Deaf families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sabina Iqbal

    Chairperson