When Lindsey Baker made the heart-breaking discovery at a school parents’ night that her deaf son, Riley, was struggling to cope with his hearing impairment, she knew she had to take immediate action.
Creating the Club
Realising Riley needed to socialise with deaf kids his own age, Lindsey was keen to find a group for him to join. After an unsuccessful search for a club in their home town of Portsmouth, Lindsey seized the opportunity to help children just like Riley. And so, Saturday Kids Zone was formed.
Lindsey, who is also deaf and uses a cochlea implant, lamented the fact that her son wouldn’t experience the same childhood she had.
She said: “When I was a child I was part of a weekly deaf club. I could confide in my friends and the volunteers. I was happy and most of all, I felt included.”
“I didn’t expect the club to grow so quickly, it just shows how needed it is.”
Strength to Strength
Allied Mobility recently caught up with Lindsey. She noted that clubs who cater specifically for deaf children are few and far between across the UK. Founding Saturday Kids Zone has allowed Lindsey to create positive memories and a safe and inclusive environment for all involved.
On the impact of the club, Lindsey enthused: “We have just gone from strength to strength! I didn’t expect the club to grow so quickly, it just shows how needed it is.”
From air hockey to Lego building, the club has lots of activities on offer. They also regularly hold exciting events such as talent shows, adventure trips and parties.
On keeping costs as low as possible, Lindsey said: “We have fundraisers and ask people to kindly donate games, equipment and arts and crafts to cater for all the children who come along.”