Monday, 18 August 2014

Peterborough Yacht Club Family Fun Day: Sat 30th Aug

Reminder :)

The lovely folk at Peterborough Yacht Club have nominated PDDCS as the charity to benefit from their fantastic annual charity day on 30th August.

There is lots to do on the day with river trips on the impressive boats, entertainment, games, a grand raffle and delicious food. It's all within the beautiful setting of Peterborough Yacht Club in Nene Park and for those who want to stay on .. there's also an evening barbecue and disco! All members of PDDCS are invited to buy tickets and come along and enjoy the day!

It's going to be a fabulous day. Please come along and share this with you friends and family. Please contact Andy Palmer on 07949 571173 for copies of laminated posters to put up in clubs, at work or at school. See you there!

The Details:

Peterborough Yacht Club Charity Day

Saturday August 30th

Peterborough Yacht Club, Goldie Lane, off Oundle Road, Orton Waterville Click here for more info

From 10:30amActivities: Boat trips, raffle, games, stalls, food and entertainment

Adults £8 | Children £4 |Late BBQ and Disco an extra £2.50

To buy tickets contact Josi Loveridge on 01733 844641 | 07858 025636 |

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Weekend for Families with Pre-school Deaf Children - Norwich

Below are the details from the NDCS for an upcoming families weekend:

"This weekend is an opportunity for families from across the country to spend a relaxing and informative few days in the company of other families who all have at least one thing in common – they have a pre-school child with a hearing loss. The weekend, which will begin with families arriving on Friday evening, will be led by experienced NDCS staff and guest speakers will join us for specialist sessions.
The topics covered will include:
  • Schools/Education
  • Positive Parenting
  • Real life experiences
  • Communication
  • Play
We even take all your little ones off your hands during the day. They will be cared for by a mobile crèche company and take part in a range of activities. Accommodation and meals are all included.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the NDCS family weekend. It will keep us thinking positive thoughts for our deaf children. It’s nice to hear other people’s stories so you don’t feel totally alone.”
To book a place at this event please download and return the booking form to us as soon as possible. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
This is a NDCS event that hearing family may attend.

Venue Holiday Inn Norwich North, Cromer Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6JA

Age range: 2.5 - 4 years
Price: Free
Start: 19 Sep 2014 @ 17:00
End: 21 Sep 2014 @ 14:00

Contact: Event Organiser, NDCS, Vincent House, Quay Place, 92-93 Edward Street, Birmingham
B1 2RA Email: Phone: 0121 234 9832  Fax: 0121 233 9575"

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Swimming instructors get sign language training thanks to swimmers efforts

Swimming and sports instructors from across Peterborough took part in the first BSL (British Sign Language) classes paid for by the efforts of two-heroic swimmers that swam 22-miles down the River Nene last week.

The sign language courses, which will get the instructors to the BSL Level 1 qualification, also include a sports module and deaf awareness training that will allow both deaf children and adults to access inclusive sports coaching and tuition in Peterborough. 

The classes are funded by the sponsorship money raised by Julie Longland and Lisa Ryan who completed a 22-mile swim, known as the Nene Channel Challenge, last week and have so far raised £1,700. They are still collecting donations. 

The courses are being delivered by tutor Nicki Sanders as part of an intensive course. Peterborough City Council's Leisure division, known as Vivacity, have allowed staff from leisure centres across the city the time off to attend the course with Hampton Leisure Centre being the only exception. 

Andy Palmer, Chairman of the Peterborough and District Deaf Association said: "Anyone who donated to the amazing swim in the last few weeks can now see their money being put to good use in training sports and swimming instructors to be deaf aware and learn sign language."

"This doesn't just benefit the members of PDDCS, but all deaf children and adults who use leisure facilities in Peterborough and is a continuation of the strong focus PDDCS has given deaf sports over the years. 

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen. Much work from Amy Casselden and Teresa Quail on our committee is devoted to deaf-friendly swimming and of course to Lisa and Julie who completed that quite incredible swim last week. Massive thanks also to Carl of Bannatyne's Gym in Werrington for giving us free use of the room."

You can still donate to the Nene Channel Challenge here 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Squash Summer Camp 2014 Peterborough

Last year Racxsport delivered deaf friendly squash sessions to PDDCS members.

There is a summer camp running on 13/14th August. For further details contact Daniel at

Workshop: Step up and into work - The Phoenix Group, Stevenage

Workshop: Step up and into work - The Phoenix Group, Stevenage
Deaf friendly workshops
Tips for getting on in a hearing workplace
Deaf-friendly work experience

•    Build up a good CV
•    Make a good impression at an interview
•    Tips on working with hearing people
•    Skills to encourage hearing people to be deaf aware
•    Work experience

   PLUS a week’s work experience to practice the skills you have learnt.

You must:

•    be 19 – 25 years (if you are over 25 years but want to join us, let us know)
•    unemployed (or working for up to 16 hours a week)
•    live in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire or Bedfordshire. (If you live in Essex, Suffolk or Norfolk but want to join us, let us know)

For more information, ask for Jane at Phoenix
or leave your name and contact details with them.

Only 12 places available, so book your place now!

The Phoenix Group, charity no: 1123119  /  07519175575

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

RAF Wittering choose PDDCS as one their two charities of the year

Jack at an special PDDCS
open day at RAF Wittering
We're delight to announce that RAF Wittering have selected PDDCS as one of their two charities of the year. This is great news as it will help pay for our many activities throughout the year (of which there are many for deaf children and their families)

Here is the press release from RAF Wittering

CHARITIES for children with serious and long term conditions were chosen by RAF Wittering’s Charities Committee as the Station’s local good causes for 2014/2015. 
Anna’s Hope, a Lincolnshire based charity, supports children and young adults with brain tumours. The charity was founded by Robert and Claire Hughes, who lost their daughter Anna to a brain tumour at only three years old.

Since October 2006 Anna’s Hope has made a difference to the lives of children and young people with brain tumours by providing support and rehabilitation, during and after treatment, to help them reach their full potential.

Anna’s Hope founder Carole Hughes said; “Anna's Hope is absolutely delighted to be chosen by RAF Wittering to be a chosen charity for 2014/2015 along with Peterborough Deaf Children’s Society, thank you. Every penny raised for Anna's Hope will go to making a difference to children and young people in this region diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

The Peterborough & District Deaf Children’s Society (PDDCS) has provided lots of activities for children who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss. Ages range from babies to young adults and the society has around 120 member families.

Founded in 1971, the PDDCS has been supporting deaf and hearing-impaired children and their families by arranging sports, active pursuits and enjoyable days out, and provides a valuable social outlet for parents.

Andy Palmer, PDDCS Chairman said; “We're delighted to be chosen with Anna’s Hope and very much looking forward to working with RAF Wittering this year. The PDDCS needs support to do what it does, and this is really going to help us make a big difference to children with deafness and hearing loss. Thank you RAF Wittering.”

Although RAF Wittering’s personnel are free to make their own arrangements for charitable giving, any monies which are raised through Station-wide events for local charities will be divided on an equal basis between Anna’s Hope and PDDCS.

RAF Wittering Station Commander, Group Captain Damian Alexander said; “I am very pleased that the Station Charities Committee has chosen two good causes which are local to RAF Wittering, as this supplements the wider charitable support that we provide to the Service’s own charities. Anna’s Hope and the Peterborough Deaf Children’s Society work towards different goals but, importantly, have a key connection, that of the welfare of children and young adults at their core.”

He continued; “These organisations are run by hardworking and selfless volunteers, who give freely of their own time and resources. This kind of commitment resonates very clearly with RAF Wittering personnel, who have a long record of generous charitable giving and service before self.”

PDDCS once again extends its thanks to RAF Wittering for this news and for all they (and Rachel Mawdsley) have done for us in the past