A FAREWELL party on Friday marked the end of a week of fun-filled activities for teenagers at St John’s School for the Deaf.
The celebrations were held at the school as part of the first ever International Teens Week for youngsters from five different countries- Turkey, Finland, Norway and Belgium, as well as the UK , for young people with hearing disabilities.
The first International Teens Week, organised by the Ear Foundation, is a national charity for young cochlear implant users which supports deaf children, adults and their families. It took place last week between July 25-29. Lorna Lord, who works at the Ear Foundation and helped organise the event, said: “This week gave the children and teenagers the opportunity to make new friends and explore similarities and differences in their cultures, which is a great opportunity for them. They will be able to spend time away from home in a safe environment with staff and volunteers who understand their needs.”
Activities throughout the week included day trips to York and Whitby, sports activities and a film workshop. Evening activities were designed to help the young people learn more about each other and their home communities as well as the opportunity to organise and run their farewell party.”