GBCT fund leadership course for deaf children

During August, the GBCT were delighted to offer a grant to the National Deaf Children’s Society to support their Young Leader’s Course.

The Young Leaders Course combined activities and key skills training for 9 deaf young people aged 16-18.  They developed their leadership skills and learnt to work in and lead groups. The young people used their new skills to lead sessions for the other children attending the venue.

The course resulted in those 9 deaf young people gaining a qualification in Level One Award in Sports Leadership. In the long term, these changes will help the young people to manage the challenges associated with their deafness and to have a greater quality of life. The young people have increased levels of confidence and self-esteem and raised expectations for what they can achieve. They learnt new skills and made new friends, resulting in increased confidence.

These deaf young people, by gaining a qualification, have increased their employability. Successes achieved over the week have shown the young people that when they have confidence in their own abilities, they can achieve their goals.

The parents of the young people, shared superb feedback:

“xx had the most amazing time. I would like to say a huge thank you from us all and I know he will cherish the week that he has just had. Once again a huge thank you to you all for just helping to make my son feel like a normal child. The work that you all do is just amazing. A huge thanks.”

The National Deaf Children Society said: “Many, many thanks to all of the Trustees at the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, and their fundraisers, for supporting deaf young people across England.”

Herrington & Carmichael Bake Off

Herrington and Carmichael recently held a Bake Off in aid of GBCT during their annual staff picnic. Thanks to their superb baking efforts and generous donations, £250 has been raised for GBCT. Pictured below are a selection of the bakes, including the winner – an orange chocolate cake surrounded by chocolate fingers and topped with truffles! Thank you from all at GBCT to everyone who took part.

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Funding for First Aid Training

GBCT has a made a grant to the Where Next Association, that runs activities for those with severe learning disabilities, to provide the latest first aid training to 27 of its staff and volunteers.


Maria Bairstow, Chair of the Trust, recently visited the charity’s Redditch Nurseries site and commented that ‘The provision of basic first aid is important, no more so than here at the Where Next Association.  The GBCT is delighted to support their brilliant work.’


You read more about the grant in the full Press Release and also see the picture of Maria’s visit on the Redditch Standard’s website.

First Aid Outreach Coordinator (Volunteer Position)

Applications for this position are now closed

One of the pillars of the Trust’s work is the promotion and provision of Emergency Aid.  So far, this has been achieved by the funding of AED installations and the associated delivery of first aid awareness to local communities. The Trust is now looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join the team and lead delivery of the Trust’s first aid objectives.
Further details and information on how to apply can be found here: First Aid Outreach Coordinator – July 2015

Supporting Young Leaders

GBCT are supporting the enhancement of skills among young people by providing a grant to enable twelve deaf young people to gain a Sports Leaders UK qualification.

The young leaders will complete their GBCT supported course during The National Deaf Children’s Society August residential week ( Working with the thirty deaf children attending the residential activity week, the young leaders will develop their skills by leading a variety of activities. They will gain a Level 1 Sports Leaders UK qualification, you can find out more about the course at

GBCT is delighted to be supporting these young people, knowing it will bring great benefit to them personally and to the other young people that they will work with in the future.

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