Professionals working with deaf young people are being encouraged to spread the word about an award winning Young People’s Advisory Board that is recruiting for new members.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is looking to recruit 17 deaf young people, aged 12-18 to sit on the Board, which aims to break down barriers for deaf children and young people. Recruitment is open from 2 December until 24 January.
The Young People’s Advisory Board was set up in 2011 as a platform for deaf young people to share their views and help shape services run by NDCS. Members of the Young People’s Advisory Board remain in place for 18 months, starting in March 2014. Last year the Board was awarded a Youth on Board award by the British Youth Council for giving a voice to deaf young people in the UK.
Lucy Read, Head of Children and Young People’s Participation at NDCS, said: “Young people are at the heart of everything we do at NDCS. The Young People’s Advisory Board is crucial to our work, helping us to understand and tackle the specific challenges that deaf young people face.
“It gives deaf young people the chance to gain invaluable skills and experience, as they get involved in many areas of our work, including campaigning and helping with media stories. We encourage all professionals and those working with deaf young people to spread the word about this brilliant opportunity.”
Savannah, aged 16, from East Sussex has been on the Board this year: “Where I live there are not many deaf people my age, which makes me feel a bit left out. I joined the Young People’s Advisory Board because I wanted to meet other deaf young people and hear their views on issues that matter to me. Being involved with the Board has really boosted my confidence and has helped me to speak out about the problems deaf young people have.”
There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Deaf young people are more vulnerable to abuse, isolation and low self-esteem than other young people. With the right support in place however, deaf children and young people can thrive and feel part of the world around them.
The application process for the new Young People’s Advisory Board will open on Monday 2 December and run until Friday 24 January. After considering applications, members from the Young People’s Participation team at NDCS will arrange interviews for those who are shortlisted. Interviews will be held in February.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families. We work to ensure deaf children get the support they need by providing impartial advice to families about the range of communication methods open to them and by campaigning on their behalf. For more information visit www.ndcs.org.uk. For further support, parents can contact the NDCS Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email email@example.com, or chat online at www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat.