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Limited spaces remaining for the 2017 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 7-11 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.
For more information please check our Summer Residential Programme page.
Vacancy for an Early Years Teacher or Teacher of the Deaf
An exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Early Years Teacher or Teacher of the Deaf will become available at our Family Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire, from September 2017. This is a 4-5 days per week permanent post, with a salary appropriate to the skills and qualifications of the successful applicant, who will be offered any additional training that may be needed. Closing date: 9.00 am on Monday 3rd April 2017
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.
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 chidlren 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.
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).
Book your place at www.avuk.org/early-years-conference
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"
To read more about Max's story and to make a doantion visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ElizabethFoundationCharityride
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.
All alumni welcome: past and present staff, student and parents. Please R.S.V.P if you are able to attend by emailing email@example.com
Please bring a picnic to enjoy. Drinks and entertainment will be provided. Please share this invitation with any other alumni with whom you are in contact.
Download PDF of leaflet [1.9MB]
Latest issue of 'Listen!' newsletter
available to download
You can now download the Spring 2016 issue of our 'Listen!' newsletter.
This issue contains updates and news from The Elizabeth Foundation including:
- our 'Outstanding' inspection result from Ofsted
- the launch of our Let's LIsten and Talk online learning and support website
- our new feature - Graduates' Stories
- new funding from BBC Children in Need and Global's Make Some Noise
- some amazing and exciting fundraising challenges
Click here to download our Listen! Spring 2016 newsletter [PDF file, 1.2 MB]
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 2016 Ofsted inspection report for The Elizabeth Foundation is available at:
Celebrating Deaf Awarenss Week 2016
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.
Please share this link https://vimeo.com/160116152 with as many people as you can!
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
- Make a donation or pledge by visiting the Let's Hear it for Elizabeth campaign page on JustGiving
- Challenge three of your friends to do the same.
You can find out more on our Let's Hear it for Elizabeth page.
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.
For more information see: http://www.swimsouth.co.uk/latest-news.php
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.
Download The Elizabeth Foundation Impact Report 2014-15 [PDF 1 MB]
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.
Find out more about Let's Listen and Talk.
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.
The first ever Portsmouth Run or Dye is taking place at Stansted Park on Sunday 20 September 2015, with registration open at 8am. We need runners (or walkers) for this easy, fun and extremely colourful 5km event. We also need volunteers to help the organisers run the event. For more details visit http://runordye.co.uk/uk-locations/portsmouth or contact us or more details.You can book online at the Run or Dye website.
Download the 2015 Run or Dye Portsmouth event flyer.
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
Please share this link https://vimeo.com/126380700 with as many people as you can!
Deaf children at The Elizabeth Foundation talk about their hearing technology from The Elizabeth Foundation on Vimeo.
The Elizabeth Foundation launches an exciting new Summer Residential Programme for pre-school deaf children and their families
We are delighted to announce our brand new Summer Residential Programme
taking place from Monday 24 August - Friday 28 August 2015.
This is a fun and educational programme for pre-school children (aged 2½ to 5 years old) with hearing loss, their parents and their siblings. It provides:
- daily pre-school sessions for the deaf children
- a full and fun-packed sibling programme
- an informative programme for parents
- Q&A sessions with deaf young adults
- individual assessments by
a Teacher of the Deaf;
a Audiological Scientist;
an Educational Psychologist and
a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist-HI
For more infromation about our exciting Summer Residential Programme, take a look at our Summer Residential Programme page.
Winter 2014 issue of our Listen! newsletter available to download
Our 8-page Winter 2014 newsletter – Listen! – is online. Download the newslwetter and you can catch up on our news over the last 6 months, including:
- Double your donations
- A wonderful family story
- 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
Click here to download Listen! Winter 2014
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
Click here to download Listen! Summer 2014
Great progress on Hearing Test Centre expansion thanks to generous grantmakers
Grants from charitable trusts and foundations provide vital support for our work and we are delighted to build lasting relationships with grantmakers that share our vision.
We are very grateful for the wonderful grants we have recently been awarded by The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Bernard Sunley Foundation, in support of our work with young babies and children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss, and their families.
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.
Video © 2012, The Hearing Fund UK.