At the Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens, we have prided ourselves in delivering services which will empower and enrich the lives of the Deaf community through promoting independence and reducing isolation. In 2020, we received funding to produce and commence a new project called ‘I CAN’. The fundamental message: that D/deaf individuals can achieve their dreams and ambitions with support and equal access to opportunities.
The project aims to support families, children and young people from the onset of diagnosis. It is vital, that unbiased information on different approaches to communication, access to advocacy support which will provide support with benefits, informing of rights to equal access, family sign language and youth activities and events to engage, teach skills, promote inclusion and independence, whilst having fun.
In addition, one neglected area, was D/deaf peer-mentor support. This is one area we are keen to promote, as navigating the barriers of the hearing world can be daunting for young D/deaf people. We are currently recruiting individuals who are D/deaf, to enter into a mentorship to help ease this transition, which will hopefully promote good emotional and mental health.
This service is being implemented across Merseyside for a period of five years. It is our aim to reach as many D/deaf individuals as possible. Attached is an information leaflet, and referral form to sign post should you encounter a D/deaf young person who would benefit/be appropriate.
Information Leaflet download
I Can referral form download
If you would like any further information on any aspect of the I CAN or our children and family service, please do not hesitate to contact the team via the contact information provided.