Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society reaches out to families

A group for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people is reaching out to families in North Kirklees.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th January 2014, 9:00 am

Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society offers informal support and regular activities.

And in 2014, it hopes to get more families than ever involved with the group.

Chairwoman Mel Benson, a former teacher of deaf children, said: “We’ve got 500 deaf children across Kirklees, but not a lot of them are accessing activities.

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“It’s vitally important for deaf children to have an identity and have opportunities to be with other deaf children.

“It’s also important to give parents and professionals opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations and support each other.”

More than 100 children went to watch a signed performance of Cinderella at Halifax last month.

Local professionals also joined parents for a meal at The Royal Indian in Dewsbury, which was supported by John Wilks of Spectrum Dyers.

Ms Benson said: “It was lovely just to get everybody together. Parents had a lot to say, helping each other and comparing stories.

“Sometimes parents are afraid to come along but we’re a really friendly group.”

Upcoming events planned a play gym party in Cleckheaton, an Aerobililty day at Leeds Bradford Airport with the chance to fly a plane and cinema trips.

Email [email protected] or visit the Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society facebook page for more details.