Deaf schoolchildren and their classmates with full hearing spent time trying out flashing doorbells and vibrating alarm clocks in an education initiative.

The events, held on Tuesday and Wednesday, were organised by the National Deaf Children’s Society as part of its outreach work.  The workshops took place at Le Rocquier School and provided support, advice and information for the deaf children, as well as their friends, teachers and parents.

The society last visited the Channel Islands around eight years ago.  A spokesperson said that it is estimated that there are 80 to 100 deaf children and young people living in Jersey.

Steven Gardiner, who is part of the outreach team and who is deaf himself, said: ‘We’re visiting the school and other venues to help empower deaf young people and raise awareness of deafness among their friends, family and teachers.  ‘When a deaf child is struggling with their confidence, independence or communication, a visit from the National Deaf Children’s Society can make a real difference.

‘We want to help everyone understand what it’s like to be deaf and show deaf young people some of the technology and resources available to them.  ‘Most importantly, we want to remind every deaf young person that they have incredible potential and should be aiming high. With the right support, they can do anything other young people can do.’

The society also showcased some of the latest technology and equipment available to deaf young people, including an app to help make phone calls and special headphones that provide different ways of listening to music.