Losing any of your senses, or being born without one, must be a totally bewildering experience. You will never experience some things that most people take for granted.

Deaf people, for instance, may never experience music, movies, poetry or the spoken word in the same way that everybody else will. They may never interact with other people in the same way that everybody else will, because social situations are difficult to follow. Working in some environments will also present some challenges.

These barriers, albeit physical ones, can have a serious effect on the mental health of people with hearing difficulties.

And this is something that lifeanddeaf.co.uk, an amazing organisation based on London, are setting out to change.

They use poetry and the arts to connect with deaf children and inspire them to explore and unleash their creativity. This improves what they call emotional literacy, communication skills and overall mental health.

It’s inspiring stuff.