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CHILD Deaf Youth Project

CHILD Deaf Youth Project is a registered charity based in Middlesbrough that provides a range of educational and social activities in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where young people can interact using their preferred communication methods whilst at the same time, developing and gaining skills and having fun.

As well as providing youth clubs, holiday play schemes, a befriender service and school leaver courses, CDYP also operates the Signing Siblings programme for brothers and sisters of deaf children, aged 5-13, which helps improve communication in the home and within the family. It’s the only programme of its kind in the region and is a Level 1 British Sign Language course. The service has been a real success with over 50 families across Teesside that are linked to the charity, benefitting from the support of the specialist staff and tutors.

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How did UK Steel Enterprise help?

We provided a community support grant of £2,500 to allow the project to run for a fourth year, when it was at risk of closing.

What has this support meant?

Sheelin Kilroy, the project’s Manager said:  “Communication is key to helping deaf children develop socially, intellectually and emotionally. Having a sibling who can sign makes a big difference to home life for the child and the family.  Deaf children have complex needs and sometimes one or even both parents are also deaf so that a sibling can be the only hearing person in the household.

“In three years we have seen this programme make a real difference by improving communication, strengthening bonds, boosting confidence and reducing isolation. Private signing tuition is costly and many families just could not afford it.  We are absolutely thrilled with this help from UK Steel Enterprise as the next course would not have gone ahead without it.”

CDYP can be contacted through their web site – www.cdyp.co.uk