Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Deaf Kids Summer Playscheme - Book Now

Here's the details of our excellent Summer Playscheme beginning on the 26th August. To book for your child, please print-off and send the form to the address on the poster.

PDDCS Playscheme 2014 Advert by Peterborough and District Deaf Children's Society

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Wembley Stadium Deaf-Friendly Football Day Pictures

Peterborough United's Deaf Youth football team went to Wembley Stadium on Sunday 27th July to take part in football training and matches against teams from Kent Deaf Children's Society and Brentford FC.

With the impressive stadium looming magnificently in the background, players aged 4-14 joined in with some drills then some five-a-side matches with mixed teams. At the end, Peterborough United took on Brentford and Kent and won the match. Well done to the players from all the teams who took part.

Following the football, the children and parents were taken on a tour of Wembley Stadium with BSL interpretation.

PDDCS would like to thank Louise Henley from KDCS for her help in the organisation; the Skills and Drill Coaches, Ben Lampert and Tash Applegate for coaching the kids; Peterborough United for provision of kits and the minibus; Powerleague for the use of the pitches, Anna Baker for interpreting and Wembley for the tour. PDDCS would also like to extend thanks to all parents and carers for bringing the children and the children themselves for demonstrating their abilities and enthusiasm.

In the picture above, all the people taking part in one of the tours are seen with the FA Cup. Our goalkeeper Harry Bidwell's Father holding the cup.

Check out the pictures below. If you would like to find out more about deaf-friendly football or any deaf sports with PDDCS, please click here

Daniyaal, William and Aaron in England's changing room

Some of Peterborough United Deaf Youth FC's boys in the hotseats 

Ava, Coach Tash Applegate, Daniyaal and Ryan before the matches

Ava enjoying the atmosphere of the changing rooms at Wembley
Boys and girls from Brentford, Kent Deaf Children's Society and Peterborough United took part in training together

Anna Baker, BSL interpreter, with Michael the knowledgeable and deaf-aware tour guide.
Brentford's Ben Lampert puts the players through their paces in the shadow of Wembley's arch. Ava shooting from long range.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NDCS resources: Preventing bullying in deaf children and young people

This week NDCS published new resources to support young people, families and professionals with the difficult issue of bullying.   NDCS also to provide advice and support to parents and deaf young people.

The resources are free to download – just click on the links below:

resources for young people
resources for parents
resources for professionals

Alternatively, you can order copies from the NDCS Freephone Helpline at 0800 0880 800 or by email at

Monday, 21 July 2014

PDDCS Boxfit Round 2

The PDDCS deaf friendly sessions, run by Peterborough ABC, starts again 19th Sept.

Two of the deaf adult BSL users who attend the mainstream Boxfit sessions have shared their views of the classes.

"My name is Rolands, I’m from Latvia. I like boxing here. When I arrived here I wanted to find somewhere to box here but I’m deaf. I looked on the internet and found this group. 
The first time I came I was worried about communication but when I arrived I was surprised because there was an interpreter. I was really happy because there was full communication. I can communicate with the hearing people and learn how to box and ask what things mean if I don’t understand, it’s perfect. 
The people are very encouraging and I am learning lots of boxing, it’s fantastic. All the hearing and deaf people are friendly with each other and it’s just great."

"My name is Nicki (sign name). I come here to Box fit for two reasons: first because it’s healthy to exercise, secondly it’s fantastic, we laugh and have fun. The exercise is hard but I like it because you have to think hard about the different punches.
The group are all lovely and friendly and I feel fully included. It’s really interesting and I will keep coming, it’s great."

Find out more about attending Boxfit here 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Watch as Deafinitely Theatre translate Shakespeare for a Deaf audience!

BSLBT continue to offer lots of great viewings.

This week includes:

"Can Shakespeare's work be translated for a Deaf audience?

That's the question asked in our brand-new documentary, which covers Deafinitely Theatre's rehearsal period leading up to their performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe in June 2014.

From Monday, you can find out if they can do it or not! The documentary features interviews with the cast and with Artistic Director, Paula Garfield.

Shakespeare: Found in Translation was directed by Cathy Heffernan and produced by Louis Neethling for Mutt and Jeff Pictures. Don't miss it!

You can watch this programme on our website from 8am on Monday and at the following times next week on digital TV:
  • Film 4 at 8am on Monday 21st July
  • Community Channel at 2pm on Tuesday 22nd July
  • Community Channel at 7.30pm on Thursday 24th July
  • Community Channel at 7.30am on Saturday 26th July"
For further listings and information go to BSLBT website

Friday, 18 July 2014

Long term PDDCS supporters shortlisted for Signature Community Spirit Award

Long term PDDCS supporters, Sheila and John Cheetham have been shortlisted for Signature Community Spirit Award. The category is open to public vote.

With nearly 3 decades of support to the PDDCS John continues to be actively involved. He was delighted to present the awards to the PDDCS members who completed the first block of deaf friendly boxfit sessions. With both his son and grandson being world champion kickboxers , John is an avid supporter of developing self defence and confidence of young people through all sports.

Click here to read their nomination to decide if they get your vote!!