Neri first accessed BID youth service aged 9 and has attended our youth club and school holiday activities ever since. Neri engages enthusiastically in a huge range of different activities and regularly showcases her talents in performing arts, crafts and has made lots of new friends. 

Neri is now 15 and in her final year of school. Her years of experience coming to youth club have given her the skills to become a fabulous young leader for BID Services. Neri still comes to youth club every week, supporting staff and volunteers, mentoring younger peers and generally bringing her energy and smile!

Neri's mum shares Neri's Story:

“Neri has more or less grown up at BID youth Club. I remember when this new youth club first started I was really grateful that there was a provision for my deaf daughter to see herself reflected in her peers. Neri has always loved attending youth club with the range of brilliant activities on offer. I am quite positive that she may never have had accessed some of these if not for this specialist youth Club a couple of my personal favourites were the visit from Blue Peter (we still have our badge!) and the Squidge and Pop bubble workshop where she created different types of bubble with house hold items was great!

Neri is moderately deaf in the high frequencies so has always been an oral child but through youth club the exposure to BSL has been brilliant. She has made friends with others who are strong BSL users and this has helped her with her own communication skills”

Just to say that it is a great pleasure to send Neri to Jo and the team and I am very appreciative that BID youth club has helped to mould her into the young adult she is becoming."