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NDCS update – Deaf young people’s vital programmes find new home

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The National Deaf Children’s Society is delighted to have found a fantastic new home for three of its valuable programmes for deaf young people.   

An exciting collaboration has seen the charity transfer its Healthy Minds training programme, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the Deaf health charity SignHealth.  

Susan Daniels OBE, Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “We know how vital these programmes are to support the wellbeing and confidence of deaf young people, so we’re delighted SignHealth will continue to deliver these services throughout the UK.   

“We’ve handed over the materials we have developed for the programmes as well as our wealth of knowledge and experience so all our staff’s hard work and expertise can help SignHealth continue to support deaf young people.”   

The Healthy Minds training programme supports professionals who work with deaf children and young people. It provides them with creative ideas to help them support the emotional health and well-being of deaf children and young people.    

The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring service helps connect deaf young people with a deaf mentor. The Youth Advisory Board has offered opportunities for young people to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and campaign for change.    

The National Deaf Children’s Society transferred the programmes so that it can focus on delivering its new strategy, which is centred around reaching and supporting deaf children in their early years. It still offers a wide range of high-quality information and online support for deaf young people.  

Ms Daniels continued: “We believe these programmes will now be delivered well by SignHealth, a deaf health charity which has the expertise to deliver services which builds deaf young people’s advocacy skills and develops their wellbeing.”   

James Watson-O’Neill, Chief Executive at SignHealth, said: “We are honoured to be given this valuable opportunity to continue, develop and further strengthen this outstanding work with deaf children and young people.  

“SignHealth is looking forward to involving deaf children and young people in shaping these new services and thanks the National Deaf Children’s Society for its commitment and hard work in making this transfer possible.”