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Families Leading the Way workshops

We’ve created this series of free, online workshops to help you to feel more confident about taking action and getting involved in things that make a difference for deaf children.

Who these workshops are for

If you have ever:

  • taken action that helped your child to get the right support
  • worked with other families to make a difference for deaf children in your area
  • contacted your MP or another decision maker to try and change something

Or if you'd like to learn more about how you can, then these free workshops are for you!

It doesn't matter whether you have experience or not in taking action for your child or others. If you are keen to help make a difference for all deaf children in your area, we’d love to have you join our workshops.

When and where

  • Week one, Wednesday 27 April, 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Week two, Wednesday 4 May, 7pm to 8.30pm 
  • Week three, Wednesday 11 May, 7pm to 8.30pm 
  • Week four, Wednesday 18 May, 7pm to 8.30pm  
  • Week five, Wednesday 25 May, 7pm to 8.30pm 
  • Week six (optional), 8 or 15 June, 7pm to 8.30pm 

These workshops take place on Zoom.

Applications for the current course of workshops are now closed.

To express your interest and be the first to find out when new dates become available, please let us know by sending us an email at [email protected].

Workshop topics

These small group workshops are for five weeks, with an optional sixth week about media if that interests you:

Week one: Families Working Together

We’ll be looking at the importance of families working together to make a difference for deaf children. We will discuss how to make sure that families who don’t usually have a say in effecting change to get their voices heard too.

Week two: Influencing And Getting Our Voices Heard

Together we’ll start to look at how you can get involved as a family member, the support we can offer you to campaign and how to make sure the influence you have brings about change.

Week three: What is Co-Production?

We’ll look at how families and professionals can work side by side to develop services that best meet the needs of deaf children. You’ll learn more about opportunities for getting involved in this.

Week four: Looking After Ourselves

We know that trying to make change happen can sometimes be challenging, so this week we’ll look at those challenges and how we manage them, remembering to look after ourselves in the process.

Week five: Campaigning and challenging using the law

We'll look at what makes a campaign successful and what you can do when you're not seeing the change you want. Using the law can be one good way to strengthen a campaign when you've exhausted other actions. Hear from our Legal Advisor and parents who've used the law and won!

Week six: Introduction to the Media (optional)

In this optional week, we’ll help you to build your confidence should you need to talk to any part of the media. Hopefully you will leave feel it’s not as daunting as it seems!

Communication support

Closed captioning and BSL interpreters can be made available on request. Please submit your preference when you fill out the booking form. If you have any questions, send us an email at [email protected].