First winner of the Cambridgeshire deaf teen of the year award
24 October 2012
A young woman from Peterborough has won the county’s first award for deaf teenagers, which was organised by Addenbrooke’s.
Chyanne Golding, 17, who has been profoundly deaf from birth, was presented with the award for her voluntary work at the third annual Moving On event on Friday.
Rachel Knappett, audiologist, Chyanne Golding and Becky Frewin, Adult Rehabilitationist
Over 50 teenagers from across Cambridgeshire attended the day-long event which is designed to help teenagers learn about the support, advice and services available to them as they move into the adult world.
Rachel Knappett, audiologist at Addenbrooke’s, said:
“We set up this new award because we wanted to recognise the amazing achievements of some of the young deaf teens. At the Moving On event teenagers learn about the adult world and it’s also a rare and invaluable opportunity for them to socialise with other hearing impaired teenagers.”
Chyanne said: “This award is for every single deaf person. When I was at primary school I felt left out. I began to think that young people needed more help and wanted to do something about it because it is very important that everyone gets to enjoy themselves. When I got older I started to organise trips and getting involved in youth clubs activities.
Teresa Quail, who is the lead teacher of the deaf for secondary provision based at Jack Hunt school and who nominated Chyanne, said: “I am over the moon that Chyanne has won this award. In her voluntary work she has inspired many people, hearing and deaf.
“I think the opportunity to come along to the Moving On event gives teenagers the opportunity to become independent, helping them to overcome social and emotional barriers as they move on to college or university and the many other options open to them.”
The award is the brainchild of the hearing impaired teenagers working group, which is made up of professionals from the health sector, local sixth form colleges, charities and local authorities. The group meets every two months to improve services for deaf teenagers in Cambridgeshire.