Snowdon adventure for young deaf people
At 10am on Saturday 6th July a group of young deaf people along with their guardians and a team of GDA staff and volunteers, started their climb up the mighty Snowdon in Wales, as part of GDA's 100th anniversary celebrations.
This was a challenge that took the youngsters well and truly out of their comfort zones both physically and mentally. But despite the drizzly weather they stuck with it; supported each other and reached the summit of Snowdon with smiles on their faces, having formed new friendships along the way.
As with all GDA mountain climbs the clouds blurred any view from the top but on our way down, the sun came out and presented the group with the most stunning views across Snowdonia.
Following our ‘little’ climb, we hosted a celebratory party for the group at a village hall close to the youth hostel. It was magical seeing them come together again as one big family, continuing those friendships they’d formed on the mountains – even parents were stepping out of their comfort zones to mingle. Despite our weary feet and aching legs we even managed a bit of a boogie that evening.
We concluded our Snowdon adventure with a very special trip to Pale_Hall_Hotel, the workplace of Bake Off: The Professionals contestant, Sam Widnall. Sam, as you may recall from the show is a Deaf BSL user and having learned about our trip to Wales, invited our group in to chat about his journey to being a TV star pastry chef. The young people really embraced the opportunity and threw some fantastic questions at Sam.
The whole weekend was a special and inspiring experience for our young people, but also for their parents too. So often deafness is portrayed negatively to a parent and they are led to believe that their child will struggle and won’t achieve, but seeing them reach the summit and meeting Sam, and seeing how he is thriving in his chosen career was a huge boost for them too. It was the perfect way to end an already fantastic weekend.
You can watch a little video of our Snowdon adventure below, or look at photos from the trip by clicking here.