Sheffield Deaf Sports and Social Club has secured a £3000 funding from Sheffield Town Trust to run a course with WEA (Workers Educational Association). The course will train eight Sheffield Deaf people to become Deaf Support Workers.
SDCCS and WEA believe that support workers working with Deaf people with minimal life skills in educational courses should be Deaf. They both feel strongly that the Deaf support workers have the life experience, language skills and empathy to encourage, motivate and support the Deaf learners to benefit most.
At present there are two Deaf support workers who have covered WEA courses in archaeology, pottery, jewellery, literacy, numeracy and IT. It is possible that WEA will need more Deaf support workers.
The course will enable Deaf people to understand all the learning processes at a basic level to enable them to become effective support workers.
Successful students could work for WEA or other further educational providers as Deaf Support Workers and, if desired, could progress to a higher level as tutors in further education. Skills learnt from the course could mean students being able to do work in different fields, such as social care and advocacy, paid or voluntary.
The course will be held at Sheffield Deaf Sports and Social Club on 5 x Saturdays in January, February and March 2015.
Applications are welcomed in English or BSL. Closing date is 19st December and interviews will be held on January 2015. Ideally, Deaf applicants should have or working towards to Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy.
Applications is CLOSED