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Teenz: 11-16 year olds

Teenagers need other teenagers and especially opportunities to meet up with others who are deaf whether they are wearing cochlear implants, hearing aids or bone anchored hearing systems.  At The Ear Foundation we have a full and varied programme which caters for the full range of Young People. 

  • Saturday social days are arranged every 2 months.  They are fun packed activities here at The Ear Foundation or we venture out on trips. 
  • Teenagers’ inset days run on a termly basis for those attending Nottingham and Derby secondary schools. 
  • Our 2 summer residential holidays run for a week each and cater for young people from near and far. 

Our programme is unique because it is led by experienced Speech and Language Therapists and Teachers of the Deaf.  The aims are for the teenagers to have an opportunity to:

  • meet other young deaf people and improve their perception of being deaf and wearing cochlear implants, hearing aids or bone anchored hearing systems.
  • grow in independence;
  • improve their communication skills;
  • develop friendships;
  • experience new and exciting activities

We have now started to split the Teenz group into two groups i.e. School Years 7-9 and School Years 10-13, as we want to arrange more targeted sessions by age group and friendships can grow more quickly in smaller groups, they will take place on the same date, but the groups will have different start and finish times.

2017 Dates

6 May: Multi Sports Festival at the Forest Recreation Ground, 10am till 2pm.  Fun interactive ball skill games.  Please bring a packed lunch.

24 June: TBC

23 to 29 July: European Friendship Week Residential

13 to 18 August: Dukes Barn Activity Camp

7 October: TBC

11 November: TBC

To reserve a place or for further information about the Teenz groups please call/ text us on 07852 358 369 or you can email Rachel

2017 Teenz sessions so far...

January 2017: Capital VisitCapital Visit

We kick started 2017 with a visit to the Capital FM radio station and it was brilliant!  The teens really enjoyed visiting the Capital studios, as they got to meet the DJs they listen to, which were Dean and Pete and Tom and Clare!  They gave us a tour of the studios and shown us how it all works.  The teens were given the chance to do a voice recording where they introduced their favourite song, unfortunately we didnt go live, but the teens were given a copy of their voice recording.  We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone as Capital FM for making us feel so welcome and entertainging us!

And we had some great Teenz groups in 2016...

February 2016: Drumming Workshop

DrummingWell if you don’t know what Ubuntu is ask an Ear Foundation Teenager!  We had 18 young people learning about African Ubuntu – living together in community for the good of all.  The fire service came as a special visit and we watched some films and talked about living in our family together safely.

AND THEN African Drumming.  What a lot of fun.  We learned how to beat the drum with our hands in different ways to create different tones and volumes.  We banged out rhythms, we played in parts, we followed sequences of beats, and we danced in solo exhibitions (if we wanted to!).  And all importantly we chilled and chatted and enjoyed spending time with each other. 

April 2016: Tennis Day

Teenz TennisWe were extremely grateful when the Nottingham Tennis Centre invited us over to use their facilities for our Teenz event!  The teenagers had a great day at the Centre where lots of tennis skills were learnt!  The day involved leanring how to communicate whilst playing sport, which was a great opportunity for the teenagers to do whilst they were with their deaf friends.  They catched up with friends over lunch and were then back on the courts finishing off their games of tennis.  We had some new faces to this event, who really enjoyed meeting other deaf teenagers, and have already signed up for the next Teenz event, which is really encouraging!

July 2016: Climbing DayTeenz

We had a fab day at the Arches Adventure Base where we did some climbing and abseiling which was a great experience for the teens and really tested their confidence with heights! The weather was on our side as well, so we were able to have our packed lunches in the sunshine.  This was a great day for team work and getting the teenagers to interact and support each other during the challenges.

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