Our group has around 150 member families. The committee of 9 - all parents of deaf children - work very hard to organise events for our children and their families to meet as regularly as possible. Many of our children go to mainstream school and know no other deaf children. Some of the children travel long distances by public transport to school each day and are unable to take part in the normal after school activities or do the normal after school things (friend to tea etc) that hearing children do. We do not receive any funding, all our money is raised by us and donations from friends. We help support Springboards (pre-school groups for parents and deaf children) and Youth Clubs for deaf teenagers. The committee receive no salary for their work, it is entirely on a voluntary basis.