Thursday, 23 May 2024
Thursday, 23 May 2024

New Trustees sought for charity supporting deaf babies and children to listen and speak

Do you believe all children should be given the same opportunities in life and the chance to achieve their dreams and ambitions?

Three new Trustees are being sought by Auditory Verbal UK, the only charity in the country offering specialist speech and language therapy helping pre-school children learn to listen and speak.

AVUK is celebrating its 18th Birthday this year and is committed to creating a level playing field for deaf children to ensure they have the same opportunities in life as their hearing peers.

AVUK Director of Finance and Operations Stuart Robertson said:

“Four out of five children who spend two or more years on our programme achieve the same spoken language outcomes as typically hearing children. Most achieve this by the time they start school. But far too many families are unable to access such support, and our ambition is for all families of deaf children who want their child to learn to listen and talk to be able to access an auditory-verbal programme close to where they live.

“With 7,200 deaf children under the age of five, we are calling on the Government to make the necessary investment in the training of 300 specialist therapists across the UK, giving many more children an equal start at school and are keen to have applicants for our Trustee Board who can help drive this ambition forward.”

Applicants for the Trustee roles are particularly sought from individuals with knowledge or experience of one or more of the following: Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusivity, Organisational Change or Public Sector/Senior Civil Service. 

The AVUK programme has specialist Auditory Verbal therapists who equip parents with the skills and strategies to develop their child’s listening and talking skills through play-based activities.

The charity works with families across the UK and has bases in London and Oxfordshire, and has continued to work with families and deaf children online during the pandemic.

AVUK is committed to bringing equality, diversity and inclusion into the heart of their services and how they operate and increasing the diversity of their board is an important step towards this goal.

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