Event recap: Parent Mentor Night in Parramatta

Published on: 27th June 2023

In May, Deaf Connect hosted an event called “Parent Mentor Night” in NSW. The event brought together parents of deaf children and community members in an evening filled with networking, inspiration, and the shared goal of building a supportive village.

The event took place at the bustling Parramatta office, where nearly 30 attendees gathered. Conversations flowed as people indulged in delicious cheese, nibbles, wine, and homemade goodies, breaking the ice and setting the stage for a night of meaningful interactions.

Building a Village: The Power of Social Capital

The central theme of the evening revolved around the concept of “building a village.” Dr. Breda Carty, our esteemed guest, graced the event and delivered an inspiring talk on the significance of developing social capital for deaf children and young people. Social capital refers to the relationships and networks that can offer support and resources throughout one’s life. Dr. Carty’s presentation resonated deeply with the attendees, sparking a sense of purpose and motivation to actively engage in fostering a supportive community for deaf children.

Networking and Supportive Services 

The event provided an excellent platform for both hearing and deaf parents of deaf children to come together and exchange experiences, knowledge, and support. Teresa Thomson, one of the hosts, outlined the incredible Parent to Parent Support service offered by Deaf Connect. This service acts as a vital resource, providing parents with valuable guidance and a network of individuals who understand the challenges and joys of raising deaf children. 

We also showcased the upcoming Deaf Mentor service, which is currently in development. This initiative aims to connect deaf mentors to families with deaf children, offering them role models and mentors who have firsthand experience navigating the deaf community and can provide invaluable guidance and support. 

Sharing Resources and Collaborations 

Throughout the evening, attendees were introduced to various organizations and initiatives dedicated to supporting the deaf community. Information was shared about Auslan Art Play at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), an inclusive and interactive program that encourages deaf children’s participation in the arts. The event also highlighted the contributions of organizations like Aussie Deaf Kids and Parents of Deaf Children, providing attendees with a wealth of resources and avenues for further involvement. 

As the evening drew to a close, the energy in the room remained high, with people lingering to continue conversations and build lasting connections. A core group of deaf individuals engaged in spirited discussions, cherishing the opportunity to communicate with ease and understanding. The heartfelt farewells among the deaf community reflected the profound impact of the event, leaving a lasting impression on all those who attended. 

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