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Hello! Welcome to NIDYA's 2nd video update! Three months has passed and we
have been so busy! Have a look at what we have been up to...
We have started three Sign Language classes; Entry Level for Deaf Youth aged
13 to 17 years old every Saturday morning in Belfast, Level 2 for CODA
(Children of Deaf Adults) aged 14 to 19 years old every Monday evening in
Belfast and Level 2 for Deaf Young Adults aged 18 to 35 years old. The classes will
finish in April 2013.
We received funding from DCAL (Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure)
to run these classes. We will be looking to run more classes in the future across
Northern Ireland. Have a look at one of the classes...
Hello! We have recruited 12 deaf young people on the Deaf Youth Advisers Board.
We had our 1st training residential; OCN Level 1 Youth Leadership course with the
new Board. The course will finish in March 2013. The board will take part in a
One Day training programme to understand their roles as Deaf Youth
Advisers, how to lobby for change and to improve access in Northern Ireland by
meeting politicians, attending meetings and conferences. Now, have a look who is
in the new Deaf Youth Advisers Board...
My name is Graham McClune, I am 25 and I am from Belfast
My name is Karl Morgan, I am 23 and I am from East Belfast
My name is Darren, I am 16 1/2 and I am from Markethill, near Armagh
Hello! I am Toni and I am 19...hello! I am Sara, and I am 16. We are from
My name is Katie and I am 17. I am from Ballymena
Hiya! My name is Rachel Cooke. I am 17, from Belfast
Hi, my name is Jamie Rea and this is my little brother. My name is Danny and I am
17. I am 19 and we are from South Belfast!
Hello, we have recruited new volunteers. We need volunteers to assist with our
youth work delivery. Our Youth Support Team and the volunteers are completing a
Level 2 OCN Introduction to Youth Work, delivered by the BELB (Belfast Education
& Library Board) and a member of our Youth Support Team; Cassie Campbell.
Training has been delivered in January and will continue in March and April. We
appreciate the support from the BELB to be able to deliver this course. Have a look
what the group have been up to...
On 1st December, we had our Christmas Carolling at Victoria Square, Belfast. It was
successful. Lots of people came to watch the group performing in Sign Language.
In two hours, we raised £430. This is fantastic. Thanks for your help and
I am delighted to see NIDYA back again! It is great to see deaf children and young
people singing to raise money. Well done to the staff and committee for organising
this event. NIDYA is now 24 years old! Wow! Well done!
Let's have a look what the Belfast Youth Club have been up to...
The youth club currently runs twice a month. We have an outing once a month
where the group will take part in recreational activities. The youth club is
for youths aged 12 to 17. If you are interested in getting involved or want
more information, please let us know. My email is below...
We had a Christmas Party for the Children's Club and the Youth Club.
Together they had a great time. They are already looking forward to the next
This summer, each club; the Children's Club and the Youth Club will have their
own Summer Scheme. We will provide more information in the next video
We have a funding opportunity for you. Maybe you will be interested?! We are
looking to raise funds for the Youth Club and the Children's Club. On Bank Holiday
Monday in May, the Belfast Marathon takes place. There will be several races
e.g. the full Marathon lasting 26 miles and the relay run consisting of five runners
completing the full 26 miles.
If you want to be involved in the full Marathon, we will pay your entry fee and
you will be required to raise 250 pounds minimum. For the relay team, you need
five runners and each runner will need to raise £100 minimum each. For more
information, contact me.
We carried out a youth consultation in October 2012. We met up with deaf
children and young people in schools, in home visits and in our clubs.
We received support from the social services and the NDCS. The NDCS were
able to disseminate questionnaires to their contacts. Our 18plus members
completed questionnaires on-line. The results from the questionnaire survey has
given us a better understanding what deaf young people want. We now have a
strategy plan in place and we will share our plans with you in the near future.
This year, we will be developing a new website, there will be further training for
our staff and volunteers, we will develop new opportunities for deaf young people,
the new Deaf Youth Advisors Forum will grow and develop. We will be looking for
funding to implement our strategy plan, so we can increase our provision. It is
important we maintain partnership working with organisations. We will have
our AGM this year. You will be invited to come along and find out how we are
progressing. We have important news! This October we will celebrate our 25th
Anniversary, we will have plans and we will share them with you soon. Updates
on our work will be regularly shared on Facebook, video updates and on our new
website, in the Spring.
We will continue our video updates every three months so you are informed of our
progress. The next video update will be in May 2013. Goodbye!