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Outdoor Educational Weekend at Dukes Barn

Last weekend we had our annual weekend residential at Dukes Barn with the "tweens" (8-13 year olds)

We had an action packed weekend which involved lots of activities: archery, wall climbing, team challenges, canoeing, abseiling, weasling, and many more.

This weekend provides the opportunity for the children to gain confidence and independence without their parents/ carers, and a fantastic opportunity to make lifelong friends.  Clare Allen, Speech and Language Therapist, coordinates the weekend, with an amazing team of volunteers and young adults, many of whom have a hearing loss themselves. We are training and empowering these young adults to be amazing role models with skills which are transferable into their university and their workplace.    

The hidden objectives throughout the weekend focussed on thinking about my emotions and others emotions. We linked this with how our emotions effect our behaviour and strategies we can use when we are feeling like this.

We have received some great feedback from parents, who have already seen a difference in their children from this weekend:

"The Dukes Barn weekend with The Ear Foundation is eagerly awaited each year by my 11 year old son.  As he grows into a young man, the other young people he interacts with on these weekends/weeks help the formation of the person he will become.  There is a clear structure to each event and we have found the latest one talking about Consideration and the different emotion/behaviour zones has had a dramatic impact on Matthew. For the first time he has evaluated his feelings, his behaviour towards others and we are hopeful that we will see a positive step change in his behaviour as he implements the coping strategies covered at Dukes Barn"

"For me the Dukes Barn residential run by the Ear Foundation is absolutely amazing. When I drop my child off I feel sad to go as I want to stay and join in.  The leaders are brilliant and welcome my son with such wonderfulness. I can’t find words strong enough to express how I feel. The whole experience is priceless. I leave knowing my son will be cared for as if I would, this is not something I can say very often, except for Ear Foundation events and outings.  Everything is so well planned and executed and my son ALWAYS has a good time and experience along with valuable educational messages. He is growing and achieving well and I credit a lot of this to the nurturing support of the Ear Foundation leaders. Clare Allen is an amazing lady who i trust my child with implicitly. I love the hidden education amongst the fun and it is so valuable".

If you are interested in knowing more about our residentials, especially our one in the summer (11-16 August) for children aged 11-17 or any other  family activities, please visit the Family section, or you can contact Rachel or call 0115 942 1985

May 7, 2019

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