Your support goes further than you think. You have helped Deaf and hard of hearing teenagers, like Andrew, through the Victorian-based mentoring program, Hear For You. We caught up with Andrew and this is what he had to say about his experience with the program.
“My first year of high school was very difficult as I was bullied because of my Cochlear Implants, which took its toll on my confidence. My teachers noticed the negative change and encouraged me to attend Hear For You so I could connect with other teenagers just like me. At first I was reluctant because I didn’t want to be any different to my hearing friends and risk being bullied, but walking into my first workshop I felt safe and welcomed. For the first time in my life I felt like I belonged. I continued to attend workshops all semester and I learnt techniques to manage bullying, created a new support network and found my confidence again! I would not be the person I am today without Hear For You and I am so grateful for the generosity of the Deaf Lottery Supporters. Thank you.”