A DEAFNESS charity has been awarded a grant to allow them to take young service users on a special camping trip.
In partnership with Chester-based charity Deafness Support Network (DSN), North West deafness community group Deaf Active has been awarded a grant of £300 to take its users on the trip to help them build confidence and skills.
A group of 12 young people from Chester and across Cheshire will benefit from the grant, which was handed over at the Lord Mayor Cllr Jill Houlbrook’s reception for the Chester Soup Kitchen grant awards tea.
Gill Reeder, Operations Manager at DSN, said: “Trips like these are a fantastic way to build the confidence of these young people.
“With British Sign Language trained staff on hand to help them, the trip gives them the opportunity to experience independence but still feel as though they have the necessary support.
“Without grants like this, these trips just wouldn’t happen and they are invaluable.
They really do make a big difference to our young service users.”
Deaf Active Cheshire was founded with DSN’s support to give access to activities otherwise closed to young deaf sign language users due to communication barriers.
Its aim is to provide an inclusive environment where they and hearing young people can socialise together.
Other activities run by the group include film nights, theatre trips, outdoor activities, sign language courses and they run a weekly youth club.
For further information on Deaf Active Cheshire and DSN, see www.dsnonline.co.uk.