URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Deaf Young People miss out on IUK Camp in 2012

The IUK Camp 2012 was due to be held in England this year, but we are very sorry to say that it will not be going ahead due to lack of funding.

 

Official Statement by BDA 

Staff working at the British Deaf Association and Irish Deaf Youth Association today were upset at the news that their funding for the IUK camp has been reduced thus forcing a review of the viability of the joint Camp – usually called “IUK Camp”.

This summer’s camp was promoted as ‘subject to funding’, as both the BDA and IDYA were committed to raising the full amount to ensure the IUK Camp would go ahead.  But this has not proved possible despite eight years of successful IUK Camps.

Cathie Robins-Talbot, BDA Children, Youth and Family Team Development Manager, said today: “I am devastated for the young Deaf people who are going to miss out.  Both the BDA and IDYA are extremely disappointed with having to cancel the IUK camp first time ever this year.  We are however still committed to continuing to enable young Deaf people have the opportunity to improve their contacts with peers and have access to information about Deaf culture through meeting a number of Deaf role models, thus allowing them to become active members of the Deaf community.”

The British Deaf Association and Irish Deaf Youth would like to take this opportunity to inform all applicants and organisations involved who have supported the promotion of the IUK camp of the news.

Added Cathie Robins-Talbot: “We would like to conclude by thanking the Camp Organising team in England who worked hard with the preparation and planning of the camp in a voluntary capacity. Both the BDA and IDYA will be reviewing the status of the IUK Camp for the future.”

If you have any queries, please email maeve@irishdeafyouth.com