Beavers get insight into disability world

Published on: 21 Dec 2016

BEAVERS who have been learning about what it's like to live with a disability have raised hundreds of pounds for a charity which helps deaf people.

The boys, from the 67th Kingswood (1st Mangotsfield) Beaver Scout Group, took part in a sponsored silence in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, raising a grand total of £350.

The challenge formed part of  their work towards gaining a disability awareness activity badge. 

As part of the work, the children investigated different disabilities and how they would affect their day to day lives. 

The 20-strong Beaver group also looked at the Paralympic Games and how people with physical disabilities have learnt to overcome them and go on to achieve great things. 

Graham and Andrea Daynes, speakers from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, visited the group at its base at Baden Hall in Northcote Road, Mangotsfield to talk about the charity's work. 

The couple helped the boys think of different ways of communicating with a deaf person and provided examples of how dogs provide valuable assistance and support to a deaf person's life. 

Beaver Scout leader Nicola Parsons said: "The silence provided the Beavers a brief insight to a world of a deaf person and they all agreed how isolating and uncomfortable they found it.

"I chose Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to be different - many people immediately think of guide dogs being for the blind and don’t consider the how dogs can transform a deaf person’s life." 

As well as raising money for the charity, the Beavers are also sponsoring a puppy called Hebe. 

Visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk to find about more about the charity.

If you would like to request a talk by Graham and Andrea, email hearingdogsbristol@outlook.com

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