New charity for deaf children in Forth Valley

The first trip for the charity is to Stirling Fire Station
The first trip for the charity is to Stirling Fire Station

Children with hearing conditions living in Forth Valley now have a chance to meet others with similar needs.

Forth Valley Deaf Children’s Society has been created to give youngsters an opportunity to meet others in similar situations.

Group chairman, Hugh Kelly (48), from Dunblane, said: “Across the country there are fantastic groups for youngsters with hearing issues, however round here there is very little which is why I started the charity.”

Hugh is hopeful the group can benefit both children and parents and is keen for people from Falkirk to get involved.

“It will also let parents, share stories and information. That’s what it is all about, getting people together to help one another.”

Hugh’s son David (8) is the only one in his school with hearing aids and he believes that getting children together with similar problems is a fantastic idea.

The next step for the charity, now that it is registered with OSCR, is to plan fundraisers and days out for the kids.

As the group is run completely by volunteers there are no costs in coming along, however funds are needed to pay for events.

Hugh said: “By 2016 we hope to have a structured plan of events.”

The first day out is to the Scottish Fire Service in Stirling. On Sunday, October 25, the children will spray water from hoses and play fun fire safety games.

More information is available at the Forth Valley Deaf Children’s Society’s Facebook page.