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Searching for Yorkshire’s Sensory Stars

Posted Apr 13 2011 8:07pm

The search is on for Yorkshire’s shining stars as coHearentVision launches the region’s first awards that will recognise the achievements of children and young people with a hearing and/or sight loss.

coHearentVision, a leading Leeds-based charity, is now accepting entries for Yorkshire’s Sensory Star Awards, which are open to all sensory impaired children, their siblings and volunteers within the West Yorkshire area.

The deadline for entry is 29th April 2011 and shortlisted applicants will be announced shortly after. Winners will be crowned at a glittering, star-themed awards ceremony on 15th July 2011 at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.

The Sensory Stars campaign is being organised in association with Dynamique Events, and there are three categories of entry: the Shining Star Awards, Sibling Awards and the Volunteer Award. Children and volunteers can either enter themselves or ask a friend, parent, carer or teacher to enter them for an award.

Three Shining Star Awards will celebrate the successes and achievements of visually and hearing-impaired children and young people aged one to eight, nine to 15 and 16 to 24 years.

The Sibling Awards will reward brothers, sisters, cousins and other youngsters who live full-time in the same household, aged one to 24, who make a real contribution to family life by helping their sensory-impaired sibling.

The Volunteer Award will recognise volunteers who have made an outstanding, positive contribution in West Yorkshire. Any individual who works in a voluntary capacity to improve the lives of visually and hearing-impaired youngsters is eligible to apply, regardless of age.

Barbara Fraher, Youth Development Officer at coHearentVision, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the amazing achievements of the region’s many gifted and talented sensory-impaired children, while also acknowledging the fantastic support they receive from their family. The Awards will also highlight the excellent work that goes on in our community by people who devote a lot of their time to make a difference. Without them many of the region’s charitable services would not exist, and we for one are very grateful of their time.”

Rob Young, CEO of coHearentVision, said: “The Awards mark the beginning of our new focus in delivering crucial services to support vulnerable children in the region. These youngsters are truly inspirational and their stories really demonstrate that anything can be achieved.

“Not only do they face the usual daily challenges of children in our society today, but they also have the additional obstacle of living in a world without sight or sound, or both. These children learn to interpret their environment without the luxury of experiencing the intonation of a voice, or being able to see and feel another person’s body language and overcoming that loss must be recognised and celebrated.”

coHearentVision is currently welcoming enquiries from local businesses who wish to sponsor an award or the event itself. Interested parties should contact Paulla McCann at Dynamique Events on 0844 3572472.

Children, young people and volunteers that are interested in entering an award can do so online at www.cohearentvision.org.uk or by calling Barbara Fraher for an application form on 0113 246 9990 or barbara.fraher@cohearentvision.org.uk

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