New services for Families, Children and Young People in Merseyside


The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded the Deafness Resource Centre a five year grant to expand support services for families and children across the Merseyside region.

The grant will enable the DRC to support families living with deafness and hearing loss by providing 1:1 support, information and guidance and access to informal peer support. We have chosen I CAN as the name of the project to emphasise that D/deaf children and young people can achieve what they desire given the support and opportunities.

1:1 advocacy support is available to parents to enable them to make informed decisions and choices on issues relating to their child’s development and education and to be the ‘voice’ of their child in expressing their needs wants and expectations. This support is also available to young deaf people to support their independence particularly in an education setting.

Children’s communication needs will be supported through Family Sign sessions where families will have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language (BSL) together through sessions delivered in the home (or community venue) in a relaxed and informal way. Progression can be made onto formal accredited BSL courses delivered at the centre.

Peer support is important and we will introduce social groups for families to come together to share their experiences and concerns in a supportive environment. Also providing opportunities for D/deaf children to socialise and play together and to develop their communication skills.

We welcome any input from families and young people so please feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas or specific requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Covid-19

In order to meet the restrictions introduced as a result of the current pandemic, we are unable to offer face to face and group activities, however staff are available to offer support, information and guidance via telephone, text and email. If you would like to know more about the I CAN project or need support please use the following:

Email: ICAN@deafnessresourcecentre.org

Phone: 01744 23887

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