AUDITORY Verbal UK is delighted to have received a grant from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity Survival Fund which will allow it to continue offering deaf children the opportunity to listen and speak as equals alongside their hearing peers.
AVUK is the only charity in the UK offering auditory-verbal therapy and has been determined to continue supporting babies, children and families despite the global pandemic. Even before lockdown AVUK identified the need to pivot and moved all sessions to digital platforms.
Anita Grover, AVUK Chief Executive said:
“Thanks to this very generous grant from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, through their Charity Survival Fund, we will be able to continue supporting the families of deaf children across the UK to get an equal start at school.
“Moving our services quickly online during the pandemic has been critical in ensuring families can access specialist support at a critical time for their child’s language development. We are very grateful to the Trust for helping deaf children to listen, speak and achieve their full potential.”
Julia and Hans Rausing commented:
“When reading through the many applications for the Charity Survival Fund, we were struck by the number of charities which are doing vital work supporting communities across the country. We are thrilled that Auditory Verbal UK will be able to continue to offer help and support to people, at a time when the pandemic has made their work more important than ever before.”
Kenza Idmahamma, whose four-year-old son Rafi is currently on the AVUK programme, said:
“Our son has been having online sessions since March. They have simply exceeded our expectations. His therapist has been able to keep him engaged through captivating and stimulating games. Our son looks forward to each of the sessions”.
The Auditory Verbal UK the bursary scheme enables families on low incomes to access the programme so that income is not a barrier to families receiving support, as well as training bursaries for health and education professionals wishing to train in the Auditory-Verbal approach. It relies on the generosity of trusts, foundations, individuals and families to be able to deliver its services across the UK.