New state-of-the-art test facilities officially opened
Staff, friends and partners of The Elizabeth Foundation joined together at a evening reception on Monday 24 September 2018 to celebrate the offical opening of the new Ovingdean Building Garden Suite.
In the recently completely Garden Suite, the charity has built new state-of-the-art facilities, including 2 soundproof audiological testing rooms, alongside therapy and consulting rooms.
We have developed these new facilities to enable partnership working with other organisations.
The launch tenant is the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service who use the Garden Suite to provide satellite services for clients with Cochlear Implants.
We are currently in talks with several other organisations to make the best use of these new facilities.
At the offical launch reception on 24 September 2018, we welcomed staff, volunteers, trustees and our founders Shirley and David Metherell, alongside friends from University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service and audiology / ENT teams of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Everyone joined together to celebrate the official opening of the new facilities and watch our CEO Julie Hughes cut the 'opening cake'.
Spread some festive cheer with our Christmas cards
Our special selection of Christmas cards are now available to order, with proceeds supporting our work.
We have four different designs of Christmas cards available - ranging in price from £2.75 to £3.25 per pack of ten. A minimum of £1.25 per pack goes to support our work.
Victorious tunes in to the teaching needs of deaf babies
The Elizabeth Foundation is one of the charities to benefit from Portsmouth's Victorious Festival taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
One of the biggest events to be held in Portsmouth each year, Victorious 2018 attracted crowds of 120,000-plus people when it took place on Southsea Common from 24-26 August 2018, with this year’s audience of music lovers helping to raise valuable funds for the charity in Cosham.
The Elizabeth Foundation supports more than 100 preschool deaf children through its specialist education programmes, as well as monthly support groups for children with Down syndrome, conductive hearing loss or additional complex needs.
Julie Hughes, CEO of The Elizabeth Foundation, said: “I am especially thrilled that we have been chosen because here, at The Elizabeth Foundation, music plays such a vital role in teaching deaf babies and preschool children to learn to listen and talk. Support from the Victorious Festival will not only raise much-needed funds but also increase awareness of ‘Let’s Listen and Talk’, our unique online resource which is available to all parents of deaf children, wherever they live.”
As part of Victorious' support, the following short film featuring deaf children from The Elizabeth Foundation was shown on the big screens at the two main stages between acts to thousands of festival-goers.
Dame Evelyn Glennie shares a video of her visit to The Elizabeth Foundation
Dame Evelyn Glennie, one of our wonderful and inspirational patrons, has shared a short film documenting her visit to the family centre last year to celebrate the charity's achievements and to help launch our completed Let's Listen and Talk website.
Anthony has just released his delightful film about Dame Evelyn, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did!
Read the latest news and updates in The Elizabeth Foundation's Summer 2018 Listen! Newsletter
The latest issue of Listen! celebrates the many achievements of the children and families, staff, volunteers and supporters of The Elizabeth Foundation for preschool deaf children.
It has been an exciting and successful year for The Elizabeth Foundation, and the newsletter includes a feature about Dame Evelyn Glennie's visit to the charity's Family Centre to launch the recently completed Let's LIsten and Talk website, alongside news and updates about our wide range of services and activities.
If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Newsletter please contact us.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – The Elizabeth Foundation celebrates its graduates’ achievements during Deaf Awareness Week
Solicitor, Car Mechanic, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Product Engineer, Graphic Designer. Past pupils from The Elizabeth Foundation for preschool deaf children have gone on to thrive in a wide range of occupations as young adults. During Deaf Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018), join The Elizabeth Foundation in celebrating the amazing achievements of these individuals with hearing loss.
Founded by parents of a deaf child in 1981, The Elizabeth Foundation helps deaf children learn to listen and talk. One in 1,000 babies is born with a hearing loss and this can significantly affect a child’s ability to communicate. However, with modern technology and appropriate intervention during their crucial early years, most deaf children can – and do – learn to communicate clearly and effectively using spoken language.
The Elizabeth Foundation provides its preschool education services to offer young children with hearing loss the best possible start in life, so they can progress successfully through school and into their adult life. The careers of some of the young adults who benefited from The Elizabeth Foundation’s services as children demonstrate clearly the positive impact of early intervention.
Amongst the individuals who attended the charity’s nursery in the 1990s, there are now young adults enjoying success in almost all walks of life. For example:
Product Engineer Ryan Jones, said: “My cochlear implant has helped me to live a normal life and I wouldn’t be where I am without it. The Elizabeth Foundation was an amazing place for me and my family, and they have helped us all through a hard time in our lives. It will always be a special place.”
Julie Hughes, Chief Executive of The Elizabeth Foundation, commented, “We are always so delighted when our “graduates” get in touch and tell us what they have been able to achieve since their time with us. Our services aim to provide a launchpad for future successes – and we can’t wait to see what our current children go on to achieve!”
Read about our achievements in The Elizabeth Foundation's Impact Report 2016-17
The Elizabeth Foundation has published its latest Impact Report to celebrate and showcase the effect of our work on the lives of young deaf children and their families.
The Impact Report covers our activities during the school year from August 2016 to July 2017. This 12 month period has been a time of incredible growth and development.
During 2016-17, we continued to provide our Ofsted 'Outstanding' rated early years educational services fo babies, toddlers and preschoolers with hearing loss. We also established a new music therapy programme, ran another successful Summer Residential Programme, and launched the online Let's LIsten and Talk Toddler programme
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy please contact us.
Very limited spaces remaining for the 2018 Summer Programme
The Elizabeth Foundation's week-long Summer Residential Programme is aimed at pre-school deaf children (2½ to 5 years old) and their families. It provides a fun and educational programme for pre-school children with hearing loss, their parents and their siblings.
This year, our Summer Residential Programme will take place from Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August 2017.
Our Summer Residential programme consists of:
daily fun-packed and educational pre-school sessions for the deaf children (aged 2½ to 5 years old), delivered by a qualified and experienced Teacher of the Deaf - a great opportunity for the children to play and learn with other deaf children their age
a full and fun-packed sibling programme including local outings
an informative programme for parents including talks, a range of activities, group and one-to-one discussions, all delivered by qualified and highly experienced staff
Q&A sessions with deaf young adults about their experiences of growing up with a hearing loss
individual assessments of the children with hearing loss by skilled and experienced professionals.
The cost is £500 per child with hearing loss.
Spaces are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
From 23 – 26 April 2018 we are hosting The Ear Foundation's intensive four-day training week for professionals: "Early Intervention Intensive Week:
Developing Listening and Spoken Language."
To find out more or book a place, visit http://www.earfoundation.org.uk/education/articles/820
Dame Evelyn Glennie visits The Elizabeth Foundation to launch our Let's Listen and Talk online information and support programme
The Elizabeth Foundation has completed their portfolio of cutting edge interactive online learning programmes enabling families to teach their deaf child to speak clearly and confidently.
To celebrate this, on 18th October 2017 Dame Evelyn Glennie, CH., DBE is visiting The Elizabeth Foundation’s family centre in Hampshire and being hosted by the charity’s President, Ann Rachlin, MBE.
The ‘Let’s Listen and Talk’ website (www.letslistenandtalk.org) equips parents with a unique resource for their deaf child. It provides valuable advice, insights, theoretical and practical tips to help children with hearing loss from birth to five years develop crucial listening and language skills, reinforced by individual professional support in those vital early learning years.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, the World’s Premier Solo Percussionist, who is also profoundly deaf and Patron of The Elizabeth Foundation said, “When I was made aware of the Elizabeth Foundation’s new 'Let’s Listen and Talk' programme I couldn’t help thinking about my own journey, and how important it was to have my parents support throughout. Being able to access valuable information and put it into practice from your own home is a huge achievement and I’m sure it will help families in ways we simply cannot imagine. My parents heard the words, I did not. With their support I learned to feel sound. Now, here I am Teaching the World to Listen.”
The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity, founded in 1981, that teaches deaf babies and preschool children to learn to listen and talk offering support for their families from the moment of diagnosis. Currently 83 families from nine counties attend the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted-rated specialist education programmes at The Elizabeth Foundation’s purpose built family centre in Hampshire. The new Let’s Listen and Talk preschool programme complements the recently launched baby and toddler programmes.
Ann Rachlin said "We all know how easy it is to return home after receiving medical advice, wondering what we have forgotten or misheard. Using this innovative Online programme, provides an ongoing learning journey where parents can teach their child with confidence in the familiarity of their own home. The Elizabeth Foundation’s new programme will ensure no time is lost in showing their deaf child how to communicate through speech.”
The Let’s Listen and Talk programmes are user-friendly with inspirational and informative videos. The parent and child activities, based on those successfully taught in The Elizabeth Foundation’s classrooms, allow parents to encourage the development of listening and speaking skills in the comfort of their own home and at their own pace. Throughout their child’s listening and speaking journey the family is supported by the dedicated team of expert staff at The Elizabeth Foundation with phone calls, emails or Skype.
Julie Hughes, CEO of The Elizabeth Foundation commented, “Already families from across the UK are benefitting from Let’s Listen and Talk programmes, giving them the practical and emotional support that will help them put in place the foundations for the development of their deaf child’s listening and speaking skills”. Designed with busy parents in mind, the website can be accessed 24:7, wherever and whenever it is required using computers, tablets or smartphones.
As one parent on the programme commented, “I think the parent videos are great and an invaluable resource which parents of preschool children would find really helpful and supportive – already my son is speaking and people cannot believe he is profoundly deaf.”
The Elizabeth Foundation stars on the small screen
Over the weekend of 23-24 September 2017, a short video filmed for our friends at BBC Children in Need was broadcast on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four - including in the Saturday night primetime slot at the end of Strictly Come Dancing. The film focuses on the work of Charlotte, our Speech and Language Therapist, whose post is currently funded by a grant from BBC Children in Need. You should get plenty more chances to see the film on the BBC in the run up to BBC Children in Need night on Friday 17th November 2017.
Alongside the short trailer, Children in Need have also put together a wonderful 3 minute mini-documentary about our work - talking to parents and staff.
We are one of the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's chosen charities!
We are delighted to be one of three local charities chosen by Cllr Ken Ellcome to benefit from his mayoral year.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress (Mrs Jo Ellcome) have organised a series of fabulous fundraising events and all the proceeds and donations received during the year until May 2018 will be split evenly across the charities.
Please support The Lord Mayor's events, there really is something for all tastes, and help make this a fabulous fundraising year – not only for The Elizabeth Foundation but for two other Portsmouth charities too!
The Elizabeth Foundation launches the Let's Listen and Talk Toddler Programme - an online learning resource for families
The Elizabeth Foundation has launched its Let's Listen and Talk Toddler Programme for families caring for children with hearing loss from 18 months to 2½ years old.
This new online programme offers information, advice and expert support to parents caring for toddlers with a hearing loss.
This course complements the Baby Programme that is already available and the Pre-school Programme that will be available in late Spring 2017.
Let’s Listen and Talk has been created by The Elizabeth Foundation specifically for families who want to help their child develop listening, spoken language and communication skills during their pre-school years.
By joining the Let’s Listen and Talk programme, parents and families can access The Elizabeth Foundation’s expertise in helping young deaf children learn to listen and communicate, and receive personalised support and advice. The programme is based on the techniques we use in our classrooms and it draws upon the charity's two decades of experience supporting parents through a print-based distance learning course.
Parents can also access the Let's Listen and Talk programme whenever and wherever they need - as the website can be viewed using computers, tablets and smartphones. And they never have to feel alone as they will be supported by the expert team at The Elizabeth Foundation and other parents on the programme.
Watch this video to hear the difference our work makes.
13 April 2017: Global's Make Some Noise gives a grant of £68,100 to support The Elizabeth Foundation's work
Over the past year, The Elizabeth Foundation has been working alongside our friends at Global - the leading media and entertainment company that is the home of Heart, Capital, Classic FM and Radio X - on their Make Some Noise fundraising campaign. Each year, Global’s Make Some Noise chooses a group of charities to benefit from its wide range of fundraising and awareness activities - and we were lucky enough to be selected for the current campaign.
We have had so much fun hosting visits from many of Global's top radio presenters and getting to know the team at Make Some Noise. We have also received some expert help and advice on raising our profile as a relatively small charity.
There have been some amazing fundraising efforts by the team at Global - including presenters Tom Deacon and Emma Real-Davies skydiving from a plane - alongside a range of star-studded events involving many famous faces from the world of entertainment.
We are now proud to announce that Global's Make Some Noise is making a grant of £68,100 to help fund The Elizabeth Foundation's work for deaf babies and preschool children and their families over the next two years.
Karen Vaughan, Grants Fundraiser at The Elizabeth Foundation, commented, "We are delighted to receive the wonderful sum of £68,100 from Global's Make Some Noise.
"This funding will help support our pre-school programme over 2 years, and our 2017 summer residential programme, and will also enable us to refurbish our pre-school classrooms, giving our deaf children the optimum listening and learning environment and education services as they learn to listen and speak."
Presenters Rich Clarke and Zoe Hanson, from local radio station Heart Solent, were kind enough to visit us and hand over the massive cheque from Global's Make Some Noise (photo - right).
Read about our latest achievements in The Elizabeth Foundation's Impact Report 2015-16
The Elizabeth Foundation has published its latest Impact Report to celebrate and showcase the importance of our work with young deaf children.
The Impact Report covers our activities during the school year from August 2015 to July 2016, highlighting the increasing reach and range of our work.
During 2015-16, we supported more babies and children with hearing loss than ever before and retained our 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating. We also launched a new online learning programme for families and worked with organisations all across the UK. Read more by downloading our Impact Report 2015-16.
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy please contact us.
The Elizabeth Foundation joins forces with Auditory Verbal UK for a conference on supporting children with hearing loss
Two of the country's leading chrities providing practical support for young children with hearing loss are joining together to run a special one-day conference in Spring 2017.
The conference will focus on supporting children with hearing loss in the early years. Expert speakers fomr both charities will provide practical information and advice on how to make listening and language come alive through books, play and everyday activities.
The event on 14 March 2017 is suitable for parents/carers and for health and education professionals working with children with hearing loss.
For morre information take a look at the early years conference brochure [PDF - 446K]. There are limited early bird places available at £10 if booked before 16 December 2016 (£15 if booked after).
BBC Children in Need 2016 appeal film highlights the difference The Elizabeth Foundation makes
BBC South broadcast a short film about the work of The Elizabeth Foundation during the BBC Children in Need appeal night on Friday 18th November 2016.
The film features Poppy, who first came to the charity as a baby and "graduated" from our pre-school service in July 2016 to start at primary school. The film makes substantial use of footage provided by The Elizabeth Foundation showing Poppy's growing communication skills during her time with us. Alongside our video footage, the film includes an interview with Cathy, Poppy's mum, and some charming footage of Poppy in her primary school.
Fundraising is a family affair for the Uttleys!
The amazing Uttley family from Suffolk are undertaking a massive fundraising challenge to raise money for The Elizabeth Foundation at the end of October 2016.
Luke and Jake Uttley are cycling the journey from our home in Suffolk to Portsmouth in time for the Great South Run weekend (22-23 October 2016). Max is taking part in the Junior South Run on Saturday 22 October; Luke, Jo, Jake and Chloe are all running in the Great South Run on Sunday 23 October.
Max Uttley, now a confident, lively and inquisitive 7 year old, attended The Elizabeth Foundation's nursery services when he was younger (see photo!).
The family says, "Not a day goes by where we don’t think of the friends we made at The Elizabeth Foundation. In fact, every time our little boy utters a word – we thank them"
Global’s “Make Some Noise” launch their 2016 charity campaign with a film featuring The Elizabeth Foundation
Heart South radio presenters Rich and Zoe visited The Elizabeth Foundation recently to make a film about our work.
Global’s Make Some Noise is using the film to launch their 2016 charity campaign in the Heart South region, in the run up to Make Some Noise Day (taking place this year on Friday October 7th 2016).
On Make Some Noise Day, Global’s radio stations and friends from the world of media and entertainment come together for fun and fundraising to publicise and support the work of small charities like The Elizabeth Foundation.
“Make Some Noise” is the fundraising arm of media and radio broadcast company Global. Each year, Global’s “Make Some Noise” chooses a group of charities to benefit from its wide range of fundraising activities.
Join us for our 35th Anniverary Picnic
To all alumni (students, families and staff): please join us from 1-4 pm on Saturday 18th September 2016 to meet our past and present friends and families and celebrate the success of 35 years of excellence.
Global’s “Make Some Noise” selects The Elizabeth Foundation as a recipient for its 2016 fundraising activities
We are thrilled to announce that Global’s Make Some Noise has selected The Elizabeth Foundation as one of its beneficiaries to receive support from its fundraising and awareness activities during the course of the coming year.
“Make Some Noise” is the fundraising arm of media and radio broadcast company Global. Each year, Global’s “Make Some Noise” chooses a group of charities to benefit from its wide range of fundraising activities. These activities culminate in the annual Make Some Noise Day (taking place this year on Friday October 7th 2016). On this day, Global’s radio stations and friends from the world of media and entertainment come together in a special day of fun and fundraising to publicise and support the work of small charities like The Elizabeth Foundation.
Julie Hughes, Chief Executive of The Elizabeth Foundation, commented, “Everyone at The Elizabeth Foundation is delighted that Global’s Make Some Noise has picked us as one of their chosen charities this year. We are all ready to shout out loud about the work we do and the difference we make to the lives of young deaf children and their families.”
Emma Bradley, director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “More than 24 million people tune in to Global’s radio stations every week with millions more engaging with us through our digital platforms.This puts us in a fantastic position to help charities and projects that would otherwise struggle to raise awareness. We’re so pleased that we’re able to support The Elizabeth Foundation this year.”
The Elizabeth Foundation for Pre-school Deaf Children
receives ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating – again!
Following an inspection visit at the end of April 2016, The Elizabeth Foundation for Pre-school Deaf Children is proud and delighted to announce that it has been rated as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of pre-school education services by Ofsted.
This maintains the ‘Outstanding’ rating the charity received in its previous inspection (in 2009).
The Ofsted Inspection Report (available online - see below) finds The Elizabeth Foundation's services to be 'Outstanding' in all areas inspected.
The Ofsted Inspector notes in the report, "Staff promote children's communication and language skills exceptionally well using highly effective strategies, giving chidlren the confidence to join in...They respond to children's special educational needs highly effectively, enabling them to excel."
Julie Hughes, Chief Executive at The Elizabeth Foundation, commented: “Maintaining our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating reflects the massive amount of care, effort and attention every single member of our dedicated team puts into providing the best possible services and support for young children with hearing loss and their families.”
She continued, “This is a fantastic way for us to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Since the charity’s work started in 1981 we have always aimed to keep families at the heart of everything we do and give each deaf child the best possible start in life.”
The Elizabeth Foundation is celebrating Deaf Awareness Week 2016 (2-8 May 2015) with a wide range of activities.
At the start of the week we held a bucket collection over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend at the Farlington Sainsbury's store - who have selected us as their Charity of the Year. On Bank Hoilidaay Monday seven brave supporters completed a daunting abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
During Deaf Awarenss Week the Portsmouth Big Screen (in Guildhall Sqaure, Portsmouth) is regularly showing the launch video for our "Let's Hear it for Elizabeth" awareness and fundraising campaign. This video (see below) was created for us by two young adutls with hearing loss.
Help us MAKE SOME NOISE! to celebrate our 35th birthday with the Let's Hear it for Elizabeth campaign
In the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, help The Elizabeth Foundation celebrate our 35th birthday.
We'd like you to MAKE SOME NOISE to raise money and awareness for our work helping deaf children learn to listen and talk.
This is how you can get involved with our Let's Hear it for Elizabeth campaign. There are just three simple steps:
MAKE SOME NOISE - as much as you can and however you want.
It can be tuneful or raucous. It can be inside or outside. It can use musical instruments or just pots and pans. You can shout or sing. It's totally up to you.
If you want to, why not take a photo or video when you make some noise and then share it with your friends and with us on facebook or twitter? Remember to use the tag #LetsHearitforElizabeth
Watch our Let’s Hear it for Elizabeth! campaign film.
Our Let's Hear it for Elizabeth! campaign video was fillmed and edited for us by volunteers Oliver Pritchard and Jonty Robertson, two young adults with hearing loss. Oliver came to The Elizabeth Foundation when he was a pre-schooler.
The Elizabeth Foundation's CEO is being "arrested" - for charity!
Our CEO Julie Hughes is being "arrested" for charity as part of our brand new Jail Bail fundraising event.
On 7 July 2016, Julie will be "arrested" by Hampshire Police, handcuffed, taken in a police van and detained at Gunwharf Quays Police Station in Portsmouth. The boys (and girls) in blue will only release Julie if she raises "bail" of at least £1,000!
You can help us get Julie released by making a donation on her JustGiving page:
If you know of anyone else who you would like to nominate for this fun experience please contact our fundsraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or telelphone us on 023 9237 2735. A great way to get your boss locked up and their release is in your hands!!
Over 1,200 children taking part in Southern Swim Schools’ sponsored swim for The Elizabeth Foundation
As part of their special 45th year celebrations, Southern Swim Schools are holding a sponsored swim across all of their swim schools in Hampshire in support of The Elizabeth Foundation.
During the week starting Monday 7th March 2016, every child across the swim schools (all 1,200 of them!) will be taking part in a sponsored swim event.
Southern Swim Schools hopes to raise a fantastic amount for the charity and also for all their fabulous young swimmers to challenge themselves to swim further than they have before!
Local business Basepoint has also pledged to match the swimmers' fundraising up to £2,500.
The Elizabeth Foundation publishes its first Impact Report showing the real value of its work
The Elizabeth Foundation has published its first Impact Report as a step towards celebrating and showcasing the importance of our work with very young deaf children.
The report is for the most recent school year (September 2014 to July 2015) and gives an insight into how we are doing in major aspects of our work.
We intend this to become an annual publication, giving us a way to track our progress ove rthe years. This report also enables parents and supporters to clearly see what we set out to achieve and how we are progressing against those aims.
This is a big step for the organisation as we have collated all of this information into one publication to share with stakeholders and supporters. We are delighted with the first set of results and look forward to sharing our achievements for this current academic year in the autumn of 2016.
The Elizabeth Foundation launches Let's Listen and Talk - a new online programme supporting parents caring for babies and young children with a hearing loss.
The Elizabeth Foundation has launched Let's Listen and Talk. This new online programme offers information, advice and expert support to parents caring for babies and young children with a hearing loss.
The Let's Listen and Talk Baby Programme is available to join now, with the Toddler and Pre-school Programmes to be launched later in 2016/7.
Let’s Listen and Talk has been created by The Elizabeth Foundation specially for families who want to help their baby, toddler or pre-school child develop listening, spoken language and communication skills.
Let’s Listen and Talk enables parents and families to access The Elizabeth Foundation’s expertise in helping young deaf children learn to listen and communicate, even if they are unable to attend our family centre in person. The programme is based on the techniques used in The Elizabeth Foundation's classrooms and draws upon the charity's two decades of experience supporting parents through a print-based distance learning course.
Parents can also access the Let's Listen and Talk programme whenever and wherever you need - as the website can be viewed using computers, tablets and smartphones.And they never have to feel alone as they will be supported by the expert team at The Elizabeth Foundation and other parents on the programme.
BBC Children in Need provides funding for crucial speech and language services for preschool deaf children
The Elizabeth Foundation is delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded a grant to fund the continued provision of our intensive speech and language therapy programme for children wiith hearing loss attending our Family Centre.
Through our Speech and Language Therapy Programme, deaf children receive regular one to one therapy sessions with our wonderful therapist Charlotte Emery, helping them to develop their language and speech skills, improve their social relationships and prepare them to start school with a solid foundation for future learning.
Our Grant Fundraiser, Karen Vaughan BEM said; “We could not continue to provide our outstanding speech and language therapy sessions for young deaf and hearing impaired children without the wonderful support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the early support they need.”
The Elizabeth Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Hughes as the charity’s new Chief Executive
The Trustees of The Elizabeth Foundation have selected Julie Hughes to be the charity’s new CEO. This is an exciting development for the charity as Julie takes up this role in leading the organisation. Julie has a long history with The Elizabeth Foundation, initially being recruited from the USA by the charity’s Founders, Shirley and David Metherell, in 1994. Julie has been involved with the organisation for the past 21 years, she has been has been a key member of the education team and leading it as Director of Children and Family Services since 2011.
The Board of Trustees made a unanimous decision in appointing Julie; they value her commitment and dedication to The Elizabeth Foundation and also her unwavering support of the children and families that seek help through the charity’s services. Julie is an expert in her field and the charity is very fortunate to have secured her skills and expertise in taking up this role.
The Board have said in a joint statement, “We look forward to working with Julie and all of the staff in the future to address the new and exciting challenges that lie ahead”.
Established in 1981, The Elizabeth Foundation was led by Founder Shirley Metherell until 2013 when she retired. The appointment of Julie as new CEO will enable the charity to continue developing and leading early intervention work with very young deaf children and their families.
“I feel very excited to have the opportunity to lead this fantastic organisation. With such a passionate and dedicated team, I feel confident we can meet the challenges ahead. I am also looking forward to working with others in the field to continue to build and improve services for deaf children and their families,” said Julie Hughes, newly appointed CEO of The Elizabeth Foundation.
Julie replaces Dr Sue Campbell, the former CEO, who made the difficult decision to step down from the role to spend more time with her young family.
New pilot support service launched for babies and young children with Down syndrome who also have a hearing loss
The Elizabeth Foundation is piloting a new local support group for babies and pre-school children with Down syndrome who also have a diagnosed hearing loss, beginning in the autumn term 2015. We will run two monthly support groups, one for babies and one for pre-schoolers.
As we are a pre-school for children with hearing loss, the focus of the sessions will be on early listening and sensory experience, and early communication for the baby group; and developing listening for learning and foundations for communication for the pre-school group. The focus of the sessions will be on music, songs, listening and challenging skills using listening for learning.
The sessions are intended to complement the local support that parents and families already receive. The monthly session will cost £5 per session and will run each month on a Friday from 1-2:30pm at our Family Centre in Cosham. Hampshire.
For more information and forthcoming dates, please contact Julie Hughes on 023 9237 2735 or email email@example.com
Sporting success as two top local events select The Elizabeth Foundation to be a local charity partner
The Elizabeth Foundation is delighted to announce local charity partnerships with two top 2015 events in Portsmouth.
For the slightly more energetic fundraisers out there, the popular Portsmouth City Triathlon is taking place on Sunday 6 September 2015, on a fast and flat closed course on the seafront in Southsea and Portsmouth. For more details visit http://www.portsmouthtriathlon.com/
For further information about either of these events, please take a look at the official websites, or contact us
Local parent interview featured in-depth by local press
An interview with Lisa Harrington-Jones - mother of two boys who have both attended The Eliabeth Foundation's pre-school nursery.
Click on this link to read the full article on The News website, along with a video interview with LIsa:
The Elizabeth Foundation celebrates Deaf Awareness Week 2015!
The Elizabeth Foundation has celebrated Deaf Awareness Week (4-10 May 2015) with a wide range of activities.
At the start of the week we held our annual sponsored 10 mile walk finishing at our Family Centre in Hampshire, and six staff, families and supporters completed a daunting abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
We have also put together this short video, showing some children in our pre-school classroom talking about their hearing technology
Elizabeth Foundation babies and pre-schoolers star in BBC Children in Need appeal film
We were delighted to help our friends at BBC Children in Need with one of the films broadcast during their appeal night on Friday 14 November 2014.
The film featured children from a range of charities currently helped by BBC Children in Need, including The Elizabeth Foundation.
You can spot many of our babies and pre-schoolers - look out for our Elizabeth Foundation sweatshirts! The appeal film finishes with one of our wonderful pre-schoolers, Riley, holding up the Children in Need phone number.
Summer 2014 issue of our Listen! newsletter available to download
Our 8-page Summer 2014 newsletter – Listen! – is online. Download the newslwetter and you can catch up on our news over the last 6 months, including:
MBE Honours for our Founders
2 amazing family stories
Update from our Family Centre in Hampshire about work to expand our services and facilities
Fabulous fundraisers - special thanks to individuals and companies currently supporting us
These grants will help us to develop and extend our Hearing Test Centre and educational facilities, so that even more families and professionals can receive our outstanding services.
The first phase of this project ends in August this year, ready to support and introduce new services for helping families at home and in their daily lives.
We are hard at work continuing to raise funds for the next phase, which will see the completion of our family and professional learning and conference suite.
Please contact us if you think you may be able to help in any way!
Watch a film of Craig Revel Horwood's visit to our Hampshire Family Centre
Back in July 2012, 'Strictly' judge Craig Revel Horwood visited The Elizabeth Foundation in his role as an ambassador of The Hearing Fund UK. The Hearing Fund UK, set up by Merrill Osmond and his son Justin to raise money for UK charities workiing with deaf children, selected The Elizabeth Foundation as their launch charity partner.
Craig visited on our 2012 Leavers' Day when we were celebrating our older preschoolers finishing their time at The Elizabeth Foundation and starting at 'big school'. As well as witnessing our special celebrations, Craig talked to our founder, Shirley Metherell, alongside other members of staff and parents. Our friends at The Hearing Fund UK have kindly granted us permission to show their film of the visit on our website.