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The weekend version of our Life Goals & Skills mentoring program where our mentors will travel to Newcastle to meet you!

NOTE: With a minimum of 6 attendees needed for this event to go ahead, once this number has been reached, we can schedule a new date so please register if you are interested in attending.

Introducing the NEWCASTLE Life Goals & Skills Blast!

(Inclusive of Hunter and Northern NSW regions)

This is the condensed version of our flagship Life Goals & Skills Program so instead of 4 separate sessions over 4 months, we are now running it over one weekend! 

Why should teenagers with a hearing loss attend?

  • You want to meet our legendary Mentors, who have a hearing loss just like you, and more importantly “get it”.
  • Our Mentors have actual life experience of living with hearing aids or Cochlear Implants – they know what it’s like when the battery goes flat!
  • You feel confused or have “lots of questions” about living in a hearing world, or simply have ideas or views you want to share.
  • You are finding being a deaf teenager a little (or very) frustrating, and need a safe place where you can share frustrations, gain ideas, or simply work out plans to improve an area of your life at school, at your hobby, within your family, or just with anyone.
  • You want to hang out with other people who are just like you and just “get it”!
  • A Parent Session on Saturday for parents/teachers of the deaf 
  • Phonak Sound Field System and Live Captioning available 



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is for current deaf or hard of hearing High School students (Year 7 to Year 12).  The teenagers will be grouped with peers from the same year group as them.

I live outside of the Hunter & Northern NSW regions but I would really like to attend this Blast. Can I do so?

Yes, of course! Any deaf or hard of hearing teenager is most welcome to enrol in the Blast 🙂

What is the mentor to participant ratio?

Every teenager gets grouped into their year group (7&8, 9&10, 11&12) and each year group will have 2 mentors (1 male and 1 female). The maximum ratio is 1 mentor to 4 participants.

The ticket says it is for ‘One deaf/hard of hearing teenager’, does this mean I have to purchase a separate tickets for myself (parent) and siblings?

No, if you and your other children wish to accompany your deaf/hard of hearing teenager to the Parent Seminar, you are welcome to do so at no extra cost.

Can I use my current NDIS funding to cover Hear For You?

Yes this is possible. During registration for the NDIS ticket, please fill out the required information so we know if you are:

NDIA Managed i.e. they pay all providers on your behalf

Self-Managed i.e. the NDIA will give you the funds so you can pay your providers directly

Third Provider Managed i.e. a Plan Manager who will pay your providers on your behalf

You will need to give us your NDIS number and the number of hours or funding amount that you have secured with your NDIA planner.

Which Support Purpose will funding need to be allocated in for use with Hear For You events?

Funding needs to be allocated under the Support Purpose of ‘Capacity Building’.

Which Support Categories do I use or apply for to cover Hear For You events?

There are two Support Categories for use with the Capacity Building Support Purpose:

Support Category No.9 “Increased Social and Community Participation”

  • Support Item: Life transition planning including mentoring, peer support and individual skill development.
  • Support Item Ref No. 09_006_0106_6_3
  • Description: Establishing volunteer assistance within the participant’s home or community to develop skills. For instance, assistance in attending appointments, shopping, bill paying, taking part in social activities and maintaining contact with others.

If Support Category No.9 is unavailable, Support Category No.15 can be used:

Support Item No. 15 “Improved daily living skills”

  • Support Item: Assistance with decision making, daily planning, budgeting
  • Support Item Ref No. 15_035_0106_1_3
  • Description: Provision of time limited support to assist a person to develop and maintain daily budget, including assisting in planning purchases.

What if I am not on the NDIS/I am not eligible for the NDIS and I would to love to attend, what do I do?

Please select the Non-NDIS registration ticket. If you are unable to cover the ticket price, please email info@hearforyou.com.au and we will be in touch to discuss further.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There will be street parking available at the venue.

What accommodation options are there?

There are various motels and hotels to stay in – you can find a place that fits your criteria and budget online at:

  • www.booking.com
  • www.wotif.com
  • https://www.expedia.com.au
  • www.trivago.com.au
  • Houses and apartments can also be sourced through Airbnb.com.au or Stayz.com.au


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact John at john.lui@hearforyou.com.au 


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, simply email john.lui@hearforyou.com.au


Please note that event details may be changed closer to the date and you will be notified of any and all changes as a ticket holder.

Please be advised that by providing us with your child’s details, you agree and give consent to your child to join in Hear For You’s programs/workshops. Hear For You will keep and maintain your details and your child’s details in our database. We, Hear For You, will not share your/your child’s details with other organisations. To view Hear For You’s Privacy Policy, please go to https://hearforyou.com.au/about-us/policies/