The Phoenix Group for Deaf Children

The Phoenix Group for Deaf Children

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Physical disabilities
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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The organisation's purpose is to advance the education of deaf children and young people and their families in particular, but not exclusively, by the provision of training and resources to empower children, promoting independence and social inclusion. 
We are user-led, running a range of workshops and training, based on what members ask us to do. We also have a youth group working together with the youth participation worker to run youth-led activities and events throughout the year.


We offer a range of workshops and training, all of which are requested by members. We currently have a group of 7 - 11 year olds, who meet regularly for fun activities (and to learn skills for coping with their hearing loss).
Our youth group has a wide range of activities; some are just for young people with a hearing loss, some activities are open to siblings and/or friends and some activities run as part of a wider service for young people in Hertfordshire.
We also have parent groups and a siblings group. Additionally, we work with local communities and organisations to deliver training on deaf awareness and sign language throughout the County.
Throughout we aim to have fun, learn together and make new friends and educate the wider community about the needs of children and young people with hearing loss.
We are the Hertfordshire local group, affiliated with the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society).
We believe that
    Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start.
    Deaf children should be involved in decisions which affect them at as early an age as possible.
    Families are the most important influence on deaf children and young people, and need clear, balanced information to make informed choices.
    Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
    Deaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

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