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Deaf and Blind Youth Service Launched in Leeds

Posted Mar 08 2010 8:50am

cohearentvision.JPG Leading deaf and blind charity coHearentVision has launched its new contemporary Youth Service for children and young people in Yorkshire.

Based in Leeds, the coHearentVision Youth Service will provide a one-stop-shop where sensory loss children and young people can find support, advice and activities to enable them to live full and enriching lives.

Barbara Fraher, Youth Development Officer at coHearentVision, said: “The aim of the new Youth Service is to bring to the region a place where like-minded children and young people can meet and hang out together, make new friends and enjoy new activities, whilst parents can find the support they need for coping with sensory loss.

“We work hard to make our service users feel like they belong in society and it’s through the activities and events that we run where people really find out what their talents and interests are, which we then nurture to bring out the best in people.”

The service is being introduced to complement the new contemporary brand that is currently being launched by the charity, reflecting its modernised way of working and to reflect the dynamism of its team.

coHearentVision runs a range of activities for children aged five to 11 and young people aged 12 to 25.

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Barbara added, “We run all sorts of activities from parents and toddler groups, to theatre visits, ice skating and football training. There’s always something for everyone, so we’re urging people who have a sensory loss to get in touch and join the fun.”

Community activities currently include:

Little Hiccups – parent and toddler group for the blind
Leeds Deaf Youth Club
Football Training with Seacroft Colts and Leeds Deaf FC
Sensory-special theatre shows – for both deaf and blind service users
Sporting activities
Counselling and advice sessions

coHearentVision is the new contemporary working name of the Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People and reflects the forward thinking and innovative approach of its staff, volunteers and stake-holders.

The name builds upon the deep-rooted foundations of Leeds Society, which dates back to the 19th century, and will maintain the important sense of community that is already successfully associated with the organisation.

To find out more about the coHearentVision Youth Service, visit www.cohearentvision.org.uk or call 0113 243 8328.

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