We have reflected upon how our resources are best serving and have therefore prioritised our community work to benefit young people and adults who are Deaf and are hard of hearing. Evaluations collated over the past two years indicate that our work with participants from the Deaf community has a wider social impact and potential for permanent transformative change. With support from The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dancers Career Development, Nicole Vivien Watson now studies Level 4 BSL in London.
Our most recent work with the Deaf community, includes the successful delivery of a thirty two week program involving hard to engage groups, that include disabled and Deaf participants living in wards of Newcastle upon Tyne, classified by our council as being economically underdeveloped and deprived of cultural activity. In total thirty people benefited from the project, aged 18 – 45. The activity was a user led program steered by four community volunteers, which has now evolved into a youth action group and is an ongoing priority for our company.