Doncaster Deaf Trust celebrates 190th anniversaryNovember 06, 2019A national specialist centre in Doncaster is celebrating reaching a remarkable milestone this month (November 2019).
Doncaster Deaf Trust, which provides education, training and care for deaf and hearing impaired children, young adults and those with communication and learning difficulties, is now officially 190 years old.
The trust, on Leger Way, manages Little Learners Day Nursery, Doncaster School for the Deaf and Communication Specialist College Doncaster as well as Specialist Employment Services and Doncaster Deaf Trust Children's Homes which offers residential care 52 weeks of the year for school children needing weekly or term-time accommodation while they study at Doncaster School for the Deaf.
It was back in 1829 when Reverend William Carr Fenton set up a school in Doncaster to help young deaf people receive an education to equip them to become self-supporting adults. Fast forward 190 years and Doncaster Deaf Trust now supports young people from across the country providing the earliest possible specialist intervention and to equip young people with the education, knowledge and skills to succeed in employment.
Alexis Johnson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “Throughout the Trust’s history, there has been a consistent belief in the importance of deaf and hearing impaired children and young people receiving specialist intervention to help them achieve their full potential. We deliver a full curriculum, specially adapted for those whom are deaf and have special educational needs, plus an extensive Skills for Life Programme and British Sign Language.
“We’re extremely proud of our history and the work we have done over the years to support this
very important group of people, in partnership with their families, to achieve their hopes and aspirations and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
“We have some really exciting plans ahead to ensure we can continue to grow and develop the services on offer and are confident we will be providing this vital support to the people who benefit from the work of the Trust for many more years to come.”
To mark the Trust’s incredible 190th birthday, a number of events are planned including an ex-pupils get together and a celebratory dinner for all current staff, stakeholders and supporters.
In addition, on Thursday 7 November students from the school will be decorating ceramic hands to make a permanent display to mark the occasion. They will also be taking part in a drama performance about the history of the college and some staff and pupils will be wearing Victorian costumes throughout the day.
Bobbie Roberts, chair of trustees at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “November is set to be a month of celebration here at the Trust and something that all our children and young people are excited to be part of. Doncaster Deaf Trust is an independent non-maintained school and college and a registered charity, and we receive no funding from local or central government. We could not do everything we want to without the generous support of donors, so I’d like to take this opportunity to also thank them for their support. If anyone would like to find out more about our work or donate to the Trust please get in touch.”
For more information or to donate to Doncaster Deaf Trust, please visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk.
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