Deaf Active Cheshire is a community group set up in 2009 by D/deaf young people from all over Cheshire in partnership with Deafness Support Network.
The project is designed to allow equality of access to activities otherwise closed to D/deaf young people due to communication and awareness barriers.
The young people who founded the group, wish to promote high levels of participation and control over their own futures and, with guidance from Deafness Support Network’s Youth Workers, plan strategies for the next generation of young people to follow.
The group’s aim is to ensure that there is a youth-led service throughout Cheshire that is fully inclusive. Where D/deaf and hearing young people can enjoy and achieve together. During our sessions Deaf young people teach other young people British Sign Language and there is a strong emphasis on cross-cultural awareness.
A high percentage of D/deaf young people do not engage in mainstream activities due to language barriers and a lack of D/deaf awareness in many settings. In order to encourage full inclusivity all project workers are fluent in British Sign Language and trained in D/deaf awareness, they are therefore able to provide a more stimulating and inclusive environment.
The kinds of activities that the project offers range from a weekly youth club, bowling and film nights, residential trips, theatre trips, British Sign Language Courses, opportunities to develop new skills in sports and arts and school holiday Youth schemes.
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To access the Deaf Active website follow this link www.deafactive.co.uk
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