Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Get your tickets for our fabulous Winter Party and meet Father Christmas

It's the annual PDDCS Winter Party soon and a chance for deaf children and their brothers and sisters to meet father Christmas and get a present!

This year we will be having some other secret special surprise visitors that the kids will love and some more fun entertainment and party games. Its a great time for all families of deaf children in the city to come together and celebrate this special time of year.
  • Party food for the children
  • Entertainment
  • Special Guests
  • Meet Father Christmas
  • Presents for all children
  • Party games
When: 13th December 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Jack Hunt School Hall (Map)
Food: Choice of food for all children
Price: Adults free. Deaf Children £2, Non-deaf Children £8

To book your tickets, please click here to fill in the online order.

If you have any questions please email Want to let people know about the party? Print off, hand out or put up the poster for us. Thanks!

Signature Community Spirit Award Winners

Congratulations to Shelia and John Cheetham. John, retired PDDCS President for many years and his wife, Shelia won the Community Spirit 2014 Signature Annual Awards this month.

Below is from the Signature website

Five minutes with Shelia and John Cheetham  - 2014 Signature Annual Awards Community Spirit winners

How did you feel when you were announced the 2014 Community Spirit Award winners?

Absolutely shocked, and very Honoured. The more so when we saw the standing ovation from the congregation!!

Did you enjoy the evening at Durham Cathedral?

Yes we did very much. Durham Cathedral was a beautiful place to have the ceremony. The people who were in attendance were all appreciative of the problems associated with Hearing Impairment, and in the drinks and canap├ęs interval it was interesting to see everybody communicating with neighbours.

Could you give us a quote summing up the Signature Annual Awards for you?

It meant a lot to both of us. The nomination came as a complete surprise, in fact initially I thought it was a scam! When I made contact with Signature, I was both shocked, and excited at the prospect of a National Award for the time we had spent trying to raise the awareness of the hidden disability of Hearing Loss. Thank you for making the evening one to remember for the rest of our lives.

Where will you be putting your award?

It is in pride of place in our day room. The light through the stained glass award is lovely. It picks out the different colours, showing them off to all occupants.

Out of all the work you have done in the community what are you most proud of?

It is difficult to pick out one. There are three that I have found give us a lot of satisfaction.
  1. Music and the deaf - seeing profoundly deaf children playing violins etc is very moving.
  2. Getting a 'Hearing Dog' for a deaf child - the difference this makes to the child's life, giving them confidence, and getting the family to become one again.
  3. Starting a Deaf Awareness Trust - which is teaching communication to the general public, so that Hearing Impaired people need not be afraid of conversing with non deafened people.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BL4D - Business Link 4 Deaf website is an online directory for individuals who use sign language to access a wider network of people
"You can find anything from builders or trades people to accountants and driving instructors (plus a lot more) based in London who have employed or are looking to employ deaf people or indeed, people that can do sign language - all on this web site." BL4D  - Business Link 4 Deaf

Friday, 10 October 2014

Get your discount tickets for the signed Panto Jack and the Beanstalk