A PROJECT aimed at developing deaf teenagers' self- esteem and understanding of music will be launched this summer.
Let It Rock, a pilot project planned by Huddersfield-based charity Music and the Deaf, will give young deaf people an opportunity to enrol in a 10-week programme of workshops.
A gift of £800 from Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table to pay for the project was presented by the table's chairman, Mr Andrew Spencer, and Round Table Area Nine chairman Martin Gunson to the charity's administrator, Sue Rosborough.
The project will be led by musician Steven McMahon, who is profoundly deaf.
The teenagers will be provided with keyboards, drums and guitars. They will receive tuition in playing the instruments and given advice on creative composition, working in groups and individually.
The aim is to help their self-confidence and reduce feelings of isolation.
Mr Spencer said it was Mr Gunson's idea that all the Round Tables in Yorkshire should support charities for the deaf during this year.
He added: "I was therefore delighted that at our annual meeting, with him present, I was able to present a cheque for £800 to fund to this important pilot project for Music and the Deaf in Huddersfield."
The project will conclude with the young people showcasing their work with family and friends.
There is also a possibility of a mini Battle of the Bands.