Youth Service

Available in the following locations:
  • Edinburgh and The Lothians

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If you’re a young person affected by deafness, aged between 10 -18 and living in the Edinburgh or Lothian areas, then our new Youth Service is for you!

Deaf Action has received funding from Children in Need to start up and run a youth service for the next three years! Starting in 2015, we are aiming to create a service for young people and children between the ages of 10 and 18, including:

  • Deaf BSL users ;
  • Deafened;
  • deafblind;
  • hard of hearing, and;
  • children of deaf adults.

This youth group will provide these children and young people with opportunities to meet others with a shared experience, to feel included regardless of their level of communication. Our targets are to promote young people’s independence, self-esteem and confidence, to encourage the development of communication and life skills, and to ensure that all young people are given equal opportunities.

This will be achieved with a wide variety of groups, weekly activities and events throughout summer holidays. This may include: one-to-one work, group work, drop-ins, sports, learning opportunities, community interaction and integration, achievement and involvement, themed projects, inclusion and friendships, family days, pro-social modelling and a youth council with organisation and leadership roles.

We will have a team of experienced sessional youth workers, as well as establishing a Youth Council. This will ensure that young people are at the heart of the process and play an active role in the planning and delivery of the service. We also look to have some deaf role models and volunteers get involved – to show young people that being affected by a hearing loss does not need to restrict your choices and opportunities in life.

If you are interested in this service and want to get involved, please contact Alex at:

Alex Furneaux
Tel: 0131 652 3208
SMS: 07816938167