Deaf Direct Residential Camp
Outreach Team Leader, Clancy Radley and the amazing volunteer team took 20 Deaf and hard of hearing young people with a range of communication needs to Dunfield House in Kington, Herefordshire on 16th to 19th February 2016.
This year, the aim of the Deaf Direct Residential Camp was to improve their independence, enjoying a range of new activities, strengthening their communication skills and most importantly having fun.
The trip is funded by Worcestershire County Council Short Breaks and the Sobell foundation.
The young people were aged 7 and upwards, some of whom had never been away from home before and discovered a new-found independence. Independence is a key – that is what the camp is for!
We have had so many fun activities including indoor swimming every day, building a tower in the beautiful grounds out of sticks and also a day of drama (Mary Jayne Taylor from Deaf Direct was the lead on drama) We had the use of a games room, with table tennis and pool tables. At night time before bed time we had a cinema night with popcorn (yum yum!)
We held a finger spelling competition, so every day the young people were timed to see if they had improved over the week, some of the times were really impressive, especially as some people never knew the BSL alphabet prior to the camp. Show us if you can beat us or the childrens’ time if you are up for it!
We had Deaf awareness activities including lip-reading bingo, where the young people worked in teams to try and guess what words were being said, to raise awareness of how difficult it is to lip-read.
There was plenty of free time for the young people to relax with their peers, playing games such as Jenga, Uno and cheat. The building is really beautiful – have a look!
We were all tired by the end!
Well done to the staff!