Participation – involving deaf young people in decision making

We champion the meaningful involvement of deaf children and young people in every area of their lives.

The Participation team supports internal teams and external organisations to ensure deaf children and young people age 8-18 are able to share their views and experiences to influence change.

We develop resources, deliver training for adults and young people and involve deaf children and young people in planning, projects and opportunities.

The Buzz website

Our dedicated website for deaf children and young people aged 8 to 18:, aims to bring deaf children and young people together to increase their confidence and emotional well-being by showing the positive things they can achieve.

The Buzz is a safe platform that is moderated to protect the young people who use the site. The site allows deaf children and young people to:

  • Join in events
  • Make new friends
  • Read about cool topics
  • Ask questions.


Deaf awareness resources for young people

The Look, Smile, Chat campaign aims to help and improve communication between deaf and hearing teenagers. The campaign aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by some deaf teenagers by putting hearing teenagers in the shoes of their deaf classmates and giving them simple steps to make communicating easy.

Free resources, including short films, lesson plans and posters have been created for professionals working with young people all over the UK.


Creative opportunity for schools

Do you work with or know any deaf young people who want to get creative and have a story to share?

We created lesson plans to teach students aged 12-14 (Year 8 and 9) how to create short films and stop-motion animations on topics they feel passionate about.


Training for young people

Our Getting Ahead training programme is for young deaf people aged 13–19 and has been tailor-made to help them:

  • Think about themselves and their future
  • Build their self-esteem
  • Have the confidence, skills and coping strategies to interact with others
  • Challenge themselves to communicate more
  • Understand how to work as part of a team
  • Have an appreciation of their rights and responsibilities
  • Respect themselves and have confidence in their own ability to deal with transition and independence.


Work experience and volunteering

We offer work experience placements for deaf children and young people aged 13+. If you know a young person who would be interested in this opportunity, please contact the Participation team.


What you can do

Help deaf children and young people to sign up to the Buzz and to participate in events and training.

Share our resources with children and young people, family members, practitioners and professionals.

Contact the participation team if you have any questions or would like to get involved:

With your help we can make a real difference to the lives of deaf children and young people and help to break down the barriers they face.