When Daniel was born I didn’t really know how to help Liz and Dean (Daughter and Son-in-law) but with the help of the NDCS and by meeting other grandparents at PDDCS, I found my way!
As pay-back I started volunteering about 3 years ago and have been very involved with the Newly Identified Families Weekends all over the country. On behalf of NDCS I also started giving a presentation “A Deaf Child in My Family” to newly qualified Newborn Hearing Screeners in London and Manchester on a regular basis – I do about 6 sessions a year, normally to 20 or so new screeners, many of whom have no experience of deafness!
When Valerie Copenhagen of NDCS called me last year to tell me that I had been chosen as the NDCS nomination for this award, I was very humbled. My volunteering is something I love to do because at the end of a Newly Identified weekend, it is obvious that the young parents have found friendship, reassurance and inspiration from what they have been told in the various presentations and by talking to the various guest speakers.
The friendship I’ve found at PDDCS events has been wonderful and I will be ever grateful to all my new friends of all ages.”
Thank you, Barry from all of us at PDDCS.