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April 22, 2004

Mentors service for deaf young people

From: Belfast Telegraph - Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK - Apr 22, 2004

By Sarah Brett
22 April 2004

YOUNG deaf people in the North West can now avail of a one-to-one support service free of charge.

Mentors provided by the Northern Ireland Youth Deaf Association are on hand to help young deaf and hearing impaired people get through difficult problem and face new challenges.

The service is free and benefits the hard of hearing, profoundly deaf and partially deaf children, youths and adults.

Often known as befriending, the service aims to alleviate social pressures that young people face.

Research carried out by NIYDA highlighted areas where young hearing people needed assistance such as education and training, employment, personal issues and information and services.

The mentor can provide support for the young person through homework help, providing information on local courses, filling in application forms, role- playing interviews, emotional support, informal counselling and practical advice. Mentoring is for young people aged 8-35.

One young person commented: "I knew that I needed a hand, but didn't know who to turn to. I wanted to talk to someone who would understand but not judge me. My mentor knew exactly what I was going through."

Contact NIYDA on 028 9043 8566.

© 2004 Independent News and Media (NI) a division of Independent News & media (UK) Ltd