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Make a Change case study

Twelve deaf young people from Howes Primary School in Coventry won funding from the Make a Change Fund to develop their ‘Let’s Get Active’ project. This was their brilliant application:

We all really like sport and we take part in lots of sport tournaments and events at school. However, we don’t go to any sports clubs in the community or any leisure centres because we don’t know if they are deaf accessible.  We would like to find out which clubs and leisure centres are deaf accessible.

We would like to do this by visiting different clubs and centres. We will interview the managers and try out the facilities. This will help us to understand if they are deaf accessible and also accessible to children with other disabilities (because we have other disabilities as well as deafness).

We are going to film our interviews and experiences so that we can share the information with other deaf children and children with disabilities. We hope that this will encourage more deaf children to become more active and to join more sports clubs.

We would like to do this project as part of our English lessons because it will help us to plan and carry out interviews and it will help our communication skills.

After receiving our funding, the young people kicked off their project by visiting their local Everyone Active centre. They tried different activities, then interviewed the active community manager about the facilities, staff and accessibility for deaf young people. They also discussed the challenges they had faced as they took part in the activities.

As a result. Everyone Active will be making some important changes to their centre, making their facilities more accessible:

  • light beacons were incorporated within the smoke alarms
  • subtitling and signing to be added to the climbing wall briefing video.

The group then visited Go Ape and AT7 Centre.

They created 3 videos to share with other deaf young people. This will encourage them to be more active and inform them of accessibility in their local leisure centres. Have a look at the videos. Newbold.  Go Ape. AT7 Centre

The Mayor of Coventry launched the videos at the Coventry Guildhall with representatives from the National Deaf Children's Society and the activity centres. 

Excitingly, as a result this project, we will now meet with managers from these centres to explore further training and support. This includes deaf awareness training and creating opportunities for deaf young volunteers and work experience.