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New deaf friendly Forest School given boost

Gloucestershire Deaf Association boosted by funding from The Discovery Foundation
GDA has received a £3,684 to fund pilot sessions of a deaf friendly Forest, providing deaf children and young people a chance to develop a closer relationship with the outdoors and natural environment in Gloucestershire.
The donation was provided by The Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander, which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
The grant will give up to 20 young people aged 7 to 19 the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through a range of activities including mud painting, whittling, making objects out of natural materials, cooking on fires, den building, dam building and bug hunting. The aim behind the Forest School pilot for Deaf children will be to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Jenny Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer at GDA said "Deaf children are by their nature timid and withdrawn. The rely heavily on visual cues. Being in a group, where they could be surprised from behind, and outdoors, when there is so much to take in at once, is far more daunting than it is for a hearing person. But under supportive leadership, the outdoors, with all its glorious smells and natural textures to be explored through touch, has much to offer those who are single or dual sensory impaired. We are extremely grateful to The Discovery Foundation for supporting our deaf friendly Forest School."
A representative from Santander's Gloucester branch said "The Discovery Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting GDA, and hope the donations makes a real difference to local people."
For more information about The Discovery Foundation please visit www.thediscoveryfoundation.org.uk.  
If you'd like to know more about GDA's Forest School and how your child could get involved then drop us a line on 01452 372999 or email admin@gda.org.uk


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