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Our workshops

Photo: Find out about the latest technology with our Roadshow team

Our Roadshow offers a range of workshops for deaf children and young people, hearing children and young people and professionals or families looking to find out more about the National Deaf Children's Society.

All of our workshops can be delivered on board the Roadshow bus, or in person in a classroom, workplace or meeting venue. If there is something you are particularly keen for the deaf children and young people you work with to find out more about, please let us know in the booking form and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Deaf Awareness

Suitable for: hearing students – primary and secondary school pupils

Adapted for all ages 4+

Workshop time: 30 minutes

This session uses our Look, Smile, Chat resources for the hearing classmates of deaf children to improve their deaf awareness and reduce the communication barrier between them. The workshop involves group discussion, myth busters, lip-reading games and a video clip on communication.

Aim of the Look, Smile, Chat Deaf Awareness workshop

  • Increase hearing children's understanding of the communication difficulties deaf people can face.
  • Enable hearing children to communicate easier with their deaf classmates.
Technology

Suitable for: deaf students - primary and secondary school pupils

Adapted for all ages 4+

Workshop time: 30 mins to 1 hour

This workshop gives deaf children and young people the opportunity to try out technology such as vibrating alarm clocks, flashing doorbells and Bluetooth devices.

Aim of the Technology workshop

  • Improve deaf children and young peoples’ independence by increasing their awareness of what technology is available to them.
  • Ensure they have an understanding of their T program and how it can help them to access sounds such as music, TV and using mobile phones.
  • Increase their awareness of how they can get this equipment.
Online Safety

Suitable for: deaf students – primary and secondary school

Adapted for ages 8+

Workshop time: 90 mins

This workshop explores how we use the internet today, looking at how we use social media and apps to communicate; the benefits and disadvantages of this.

Aim of the Online Safety workshop

  • Get deaf children thinking about communication and sharing information online.
  • Support them to understood the consequences of communication and sharing information online.
  • Deaf children will understand more about what to do in certain situations.
Who am I?

Suitable for: deaf students – secondary school pupils only

Ages 11–16 years

Workshop time: 1 hour

Who am I is a one-hour workshop designed to improve young deaf people’s self-esteem so they feel comfortable with their deafness and confident about being independent in a hearing world. Through fun and interactive group discussion, games and activities the deaf young people have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas. 

Aim of the Who Am I? workshop

  • Get deaf young people thinking about their identity: achievements, interests and ambitions and how their deafness plays a part in who they are.
  • Discuss what we have in common with others and the qualities that make us different.
My Future

Suitable for: deaf students – secondary school and college students only

Ages 15–19 years

Workshop time: 2hrs - or can be delivered as a whole day (4hr) workshop, including activities 

Drawing on our Getting Ahead project this workshop aims to raise deaf young people's knowledge of their rights to support in education, training and employment and preparing them for the challenges ahead. The workshop is interactive with opportunities for the students to share their thoughts and ideas.

Aim of the My Future workshop

  • Help deaf young people think about their futures and what they want to go onto next.
  • Help them develop the confidence and coping strategies to manage their deafness in different situations.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Suitable for: deaf students – primary and secondary school pupils

Ages 8–10 years and 11–14 years

Workshop time: 1 hour

Our Emotional Health and Wellbeing workshop uses some of the Healthy Minds resources and is designed to promote positive mental health and good emotional wellbeing for deaf children and young people. Through creative and fun activities the young people share their ideas about how to manage their emotions.

Aim of the Emotional Health and Wellbeing workshop

  • Help the students to know what is meant by good emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Help the students to be aware of how to keep their bodies and minds healthy.
  • Identify their emotions and develop strategies to manage them.
My Life, My Health

Suitable for: deaf students – secondary school and college students only

Ages 11–19 years

Workshop time: 1hr

My Life, My Health is an exciting health campaign to improve deaf young people’s experiences of GP services. The campaign was created by the National Deaf Children's Society's Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) to support deaf young people’s access to healthcare services.

Aim of the My Life, My Health workshop

  • Help deaf young people to identify possible challenges around booking and attending health care appointments independently.
  • Help them develop the confidence and coping strategies to manage their deafness in these situations.
My Street, My Town, My Say

Suitable for: deaf students – primary, secondary and college students 

Ages 8–19 years

Workshop time: 1hr

This workshop empowers young people to get involved in campaigning for change around the things that are important to them.

Aim of the My Street, My Town, My Say workshop

  • Encourage deaf young people to think about changes they would like to see in their local areas and community
  • Support young people to have a voice in their local, regional or national communities by offering advice, support and guidance as they start their campaigning journey.