Deaf young people reach for the stars

Who are these shiny faced youngsters you see to the right? Well, if last weekend is anything to go by, they may will be the future.

Image courtesy of NDCS

The youngsters were part of a group of 17 deaf young people who attended a pilot training weekend, run by the National Deaf Children’s Society, for deaf young people on campaigns and media, the first of its kind. I was there to dispense my hard-earned wisdom on how to campaign effectively and create a campaign plan. The whole weekend was called “Reach for the stars” which was a bit unfortunate for someone of my generation who spent their university years in a sweaty club practicing the dance moves to said S Club 7 classic.

Anyhow, the 17 deaf young people were all fantastic, very clever and quickly grasped the key principles behind both campaigns and media and gave their views on what the National Deaf Children’s Society should be campaigning on. They also got to meet CBBC Newsround presenter, Ricky Boleto (centre, light blue t-shirt, in photo), who came and gave a talk about how he became a journalist and the challenges he faced being deaf in one ear. The youngsters were also inspired by a talk from Nadia Clarke, a young deaf person with cerebral palsy, who’s been campaigning for years and has produced an award winning DVD.

The whole weekend was a useful learning experience to me too: how to (or rather, not to) keep a group of deaf young people interested and engaged in campaigns. But overall, a really enjoyable weekend and hopefully one NDCS will be repeating in the future.

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8 thoughts on “Deaf young people reach for the stars

  1. Hello Ian, its Me, Jake
    It is amazing on how we learnt so much
    (Apart from the fact that coffee and tea comes from flasks)

    I would like to know more of these events
    Pease out
    Rock on

    All yours truely
    Jake

  2. It was great to meet all the kids and young adults. It’s so important to give everyone a voice and I congratulate the good work that the National Deaf Children’s Society do. I’ve had trouble with my ears all my life, luckily for me, I can still hear pretty well – so to meet these guys was a real honour just to see how they cope and get on with life. Thanks for having my guys,
    Ricky

      • Thank you Ricky. Our weekend was fanastic and you made it the icing on the cake. Thank you for telling us that you still can do it even if you’re deaf. Loved the photoshoot it was funi

        xo

  3. Ricky – thanks for the feedback and for the warm words of support, it’s really appreciated.

    Jake – glad to see you’re already thinking about more campaigning work! Lucy will be in touch soon to get yours and the rest of the group’s ideas on next steps. We’re really looking forward to working with you.

    Cheers,

    Ian

    • Hey there Ian ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
      At the start I was more interested in the media because I didn’t think much of the Campains as I never knew a lot about it.

      Now that I’ve met Nadia and my god!

      She is a brave person for doing all the camapainig work and I have already asked at least 6 people from the trip and they would like to do it again.

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