What the Roadshow offers
The Roadshow is much more than just the 'big purple bus', below is more information about the type of visits our service can offer.
Roadshow bus visit
What is it? A visit with the Roadshow bus, delivering sessions to deaf and hearing children.
How is this delivered? This is delivered in person with the Roadshow bus, at the location of the deaf children. Check out our tour map to see when we will be in your area. A Roadshow bus visit can be in conjunction with any other service listed below.
Who is it for? For schools who have deaf children in attendance and who would benefit from raising deaf awareness, inclusion and Deaf identity. Schools will need to have access four meters wide to a level (no slopes or hills) area, this could be a tarmacked playing ground or car park. The area would need to allow for space for the Roadshow bus to open up, at least 10 meters by 10 meters wide.
What are the expected outcomes? Deaf children will find out specific information about their deafness and how to become independent as they grow older. Hearing children will learn more about deafness, how they can support their deaf friends and communication. A visit from the Roadshow bus will start conversations about deafness and inclusion that schools can continue after the visit.
Roadshow team visit
What is it? A visit from 1–2 Roadshow staff members to your school to meet with young people, deliver information and workshops and have one to one time with deaf pupils.
How is this delivered? This is delivered in person at the location of the deaf children. A Roadshow team visit can be in conjunction with any other service listed below.
Who is it for? This is for secondary schools, further education or any school where the Roadshow bus will not be able to fit. A Roadshow team visit can be flexible to suit any number of deaf children and will support schools looking for more information about deafness, independence, support available and inclusion.
What are the expected outcomes? It is expected deaf children will have time to meet a deaf role model, ask questions and find out new information. Hearing children and schools will gain a better understanding of deafness and good communication techniques.
What is it? Volunteer visits are assembly sessions consisting of pre-made deaf awareness workshops, designed to be delivered to the whole school, or whole year groups. Suitable for primary, secondary and further education. They will be delivered by a team member or a volunteer.
How is this delivered? This is delivered in person in schools or further education settings, to large groups. This can be a standalone session or delivered as part of a Roadshow bus, or Roadshow staff visit.
Who is it for? Assembly sessions are great for schools who are raising money, or who are looking to learn about deaf awareness, but maybe don’t have any deaf pupils.
What are the expected outcomes? Schools will know more about deaf awareness, learn some basic signs and know more about the work of our organisation. If fundraising is happening, schools will get the chance to show off some skills, present cheques and engage with our social media.
After school visits
What is it? After school sessions are a chance for parents who work during school hours to meet the Roadshow team or a volunteer, to ask questions, see the latest technology and gain valuable support.
How is this delivered? The session is delivered in person using a school or local setting. This can be delivered as a standalone session or part of a Roadshow bus, or Roadshow staff visit.
Who is it for? This is for parents of deaf children who cannot attend a visit during the school day.
What are the expected outcomes? Attendees will have the chance to meet trained staff or volunteers, ask questions, find out about support offered by the charity and see new technology. Parents will have the chance to network with other parents of deaf children and gain mutual support.
How the National Deaf Children's Society can help
What is it? This is a workshop aimed at professionals supporting deaf children and young people. We will look at the resources, events and projects that are available and explore how they can be used in practice.
How is this delivered? This is delivered in person in a setting of your choice, schools, further education or universities, audiology clinics and more.
Who is it for? This workshop is for any professionals supporting deaf children and young people.
What are the expected outcomes? Professionals will have a better understanding of the range of resources and support available and gain some practical tips about how and when to use the resources. Professionals will also have the chance to ask any questions they may have.