We have helped other charities grow their provision by funding new or refurbishing existing spaces where deaf children and young people live and learn.
We have funded a new Family Centre at Linden Lodge Charitable Trust, a school for children with physical and sensory disabilities. The room is for the use of deaf and deaf blind children, many with multiple and complex needs, and their families. It has been named in honour of our friend and supporter Lawrence Baker.
We have had a long relationship with The Elizabeth Foundation, a national charity for deaf babies and toddlers. Over recent years, we have contributed significantly to the Hampshire-based organisation by funding a new play area, memorial garden, solar panels, and a minibus with carport. Our final donation has helped to fund The Elizabeth Foundation’s new hearing test centre which has been named Ovingdean Building in tribute to the staff, students and supporters of Ovingdean Hall School. ‘This development includes a purpose-built, innovative Family Chat Zone, much needed facilities for our Home Learning Programme, and space for our new conference and events centre,’ said Sue Campbell of The Elizabeth Foundation. ‘We are enormously grateful for the support OHF has given us. Quite simply we cannot thank you enough.’
Since 2012, we have provided a house for the use of Further Education students at Hamilton Lodge School and College in Brighton. ‘Ovingdean House has provided us with a home that gives students more independence,’ said Head of Development, Simon Burgess. ‘They gain greater confidence as they become adults thanks to this lovely house.’
In 2015, we funded equipment in the school’s new Information Technology suite.
We have funded a sensory room in Bradbury House at Seashell Trust in Stockport, Greater Manchester. The Trust works with children and young people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities. The sensory room is fitted with a number of features which allow young people to relax and explore, including waterbeds, colourful padded floors, bubble tubes, light projectors and music. The room helps communicate and motor skills, recognise colours and track movement.
We have funded a number of rooms at St. John’s Catholic School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, Yorkshire including two new sensory rooms and the refurbishment of the school library and music technology suite. The sensory rooms are small informal spaces where children can relax in ball pools and interact with sound and light systems.
The new music technology suite includes rooms for teaching and performing, a recording booth and computers where students can digitally remix their work.
The library is now a modern, colourful and airy space which encourages reading for pleasure, and individual and group school work. ‘It’s a cosy place to curl up with a book,’ said Hannah, Year 12.
During 2020, we funded the resurfacing of the school’s outdoor sports court. ‘Please pass on our sincere thanks for the grant to resurface our outdoor area. It has been an absolute godsend,’ said Head Teacher Ann Bradbury. ‘Our students can use it for breaks, but also for PE as a large nonslip area.’
The new court has been timely because, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the school has not been able of offer sports indoors this term.