Deaf Direct Youth wins award
Clancy Radley and Jacob Watton of Deaf Direct Youth have been crowned winners of a ‘Best of Worcester’ community award ‘for the school, youth centre or youth group which has done the most to involve their local community.’ The award was presented at the Mayor’s annual charity dinner at the Guildhall on Friday 20th March. Over 170 people were nominated, so we are very proud and honoured to receive the award.
Clancy Radley has been a Youth Worker with Deaf Direct Youth for almost 10 years and works to provide a range of opportunities and activities for young people with hearing loss. Jacob Watton attended activity sessions as a young person and now attends as a Youth Leader. Jacob has worked hard to overcome barriers brought about by his hearing loss and continues to gain both in confidence and in managing his life, but importantly is helping other young people with hearing loss to come to terms with the challenges that life brings.
Philip Gerrard, Chief Executive of Deaf Direct, said “many deaf people struggle with the impact of hearing loss in their daily lives, especially young people who may become isolated in their peer group and throughout adolescence. It is good to see people like Jacob benefiting from the youth projects at Deaf Direct over the years, and then becoming a Youth Leader, which has helped Jacob in laying down the platform for his future.”
Deaf Direct Youth is for young people with mild to profound hearing loss. We organise a varied range of activities, which give young people a chance to mix with their peers and siblings in a friendly safe environment, gain new skills, reduce isolation and increase confidence and self esteem. Deaf Direct Youth also provides information, family support (including family communication support) and equipment advice.