The National Deaf Children’s Society has launched a new project to support deaf pupils at mainstream schools.

Its “Helping Hands” toolkit will help school staff to launch peer support groups for deaf pupils.

The project also will train pupils aged 10 to 18 to mentor other deaf students to improve their confidence, skills and aspirations.

The toolkit, tested and developed by training mentors in London, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the North East, is now available across the UK.

Isabel Reid, Helping Hands project officer, says: “It’s so important to have a dedicated deaf peer scheme where deaf children and young people can support one another, build up their emotional resilience and share coping strategies to tackle the challenges that life may throw at them.”

Visit to take part in the project.

Pic: National deaf children’s society launch the helping hands project

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