Last year, we awarded a £8,000 grant to Deaf-SELF, a charity that focuses on enhancing the independence of deaf or profoundly hearing-impaired children and young people aged six to 25 in South East London. Our grant supports their holiday Playscheme, which offers recreational and social activities for those who may face barriers accessing mainstream services.
Without this provision, many of these children would not have access to suitable holiday schemes, especially those who prefer to communicate using British Sign Language (BSL). Beneficiaries of Deaf-SELF come from a diverse demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with many of them living in the much more deprived areas of London.
The charity recently provided us with an update on the impact of their work, following a survey they conducted with parents of the Playscheme beneficiaries. The scheme is proven to be very successful, with 93 per cent of parents agreeing that their children are happier at the playscheme. Other results include:
- 100 per cent of the parents believe their child benefits from spending time with Deaf role models at the Playscheme
- 83 per cent of parents believe their child’s social life has improved since joining the playscheme
- The Playscheme service received a 4.9 satisfaction rate out of five, as did the staff rating for being ‘friendly and helpful’
- The activities provided received an average rating of 4.72 for being interesting and suitable for the children
- The average rating of the children’s confidence increased from 3.52 before joining the scheme, to 4.59 afterwards
The survey also included touching testimonials from family members who have also benefitted from the service, thanks to the positive changes they’ve observed in their children.