Funded by the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, our Domestic Abuse service received £19,400 from the Trust to deliver a programme of Healthy Relationship workshops at Heathlands School, Hertfordshire.
The workshops aim to ensure Deaf children learn how to recognise healthy relationships, appropriate/inappropriate behaviours, bullying/cyber bullying, sexting and staying safe from emotional abuse/physical harm. This will empower children to avoid potentially abusive situations and reduces copying of abusive behaviour, breaking the cycle of violence.
Access to mainstream crisis mental health services for Deaf children is almost non-existent, and yet Deaf people are twice as likely to experience mental health problems than hearing people, facing communication barriers and difficulties accessing healthcare. To prevent this, longer term accessible psychological therapy by a specialist Deaf Therapist will be provided to Deaf children at Heathlands who have been identified by staff, parents, or who have come forward themselves in order to improve mental wellbeing, self-belief and self-esteem so that Deaf children will have a chance to realise their full potential.
People’s Postcode Trust provides project based funding in Great Britain under the themes ‘Promoting human rights, Combatting discrimination and Poverty prevention’
So far the People’s Postcode Trust have raised more than £168 million for charity. Find out more about the Trust on their website.
We are delighted that the People’s Postcode Trust has chosen to support SignHealth and Heathlands School.
SignHealth would also like to thank Ovingdean Hall Foundation for their donation of £15,000 of which £5,000 will contribute towards the above project with Healthlands School.
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About Heathlands School: Since 1975 Heathlands has been providing outstanding education for deaf children and young people. The school’s vision statement “Become the best you can be” is applied to all they do. They set high expectations for pupils, encouraging each child to achieve academically, develop independence and to contribute positively in their communities using a child centred and flexible approach so that individual needs are identified and supported.
About SignHealth: SignHealth is the Deaf health charity led by Deaf people for Deaf people, including our award-winning Board of Trustees. We are dedicated to making sure Deaf people get the same access to healthcare and health information as hearing people and we exist to improve Deaf people’s health and wellbeing through our social care services, psychological therapy and domestic abuse services.
Charity number: 1011056