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Comic Relief supports Elizabeth Foundation

a child with hearing loss being supported by a worker at the Elizabeth Foundation

The Elizabeth Foundation provides support for families with babies and preschool children with various levels of hearing loss to build their confidence and self-esteem ready for later life.

Over the next five years the charity has set out goals it hopes to achieve by the end of 2025.

The goals are…

  • Strengthen our core work to provide early education and support services to deaf children (aged 0-5 years) and their families.
  • Evolve through ever-changing best practice to meet the diverse needs of our families, our supporters and the wider community.
  • Modernise our approach to evaluating our services and the impact we have so that we can consistently evidence the relevance and effectiveness of our work.
  • Build upon the sustainability of our services and facilities by developing our approach to fundraising and professional and voluntary partnerships.
  • Involve all of those we support and those who support our work to maximise the efficient running and future development of The Elizabeth Foundation.

The charity adopts their own Multi-Sensory Oral Approach which improves speech, language and listening using all the child’s senses in a relaxed, fun environment.

One method they don’t use is sign language, opting instead for more natural gestures such as face expressions

The charity was launched in 1981 by parents Shirley and David Methrell MBEs after they struggled to find adequate support for their daughter Elizabeth, who was diagnosed with severe hearing loss when she was 22 months old.

Since then there has been a number of milestones for the foundation, in 1989 HRH Princess Royal opened the Family Centre, in 2016 Ofsted awarded the charity an ‘Outstanding’ rating and in 2021 The Elizabeth Foundation celebrated its 40th year in operation.

The Elizabeth Foundation is one of the many charities funded by Comic Relief which supports vulnerable people living in the UK and oversees.

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