Monday, 31 October 2011

Music and the Deaf Coming Back To Peterborough

Good News! Music and the Deaf will return to Jack Hunt School for four sessions following the success of the first event there a couple of weeks ago. The National Deaf Orchestra sessions will be on:

26th November
14th January
25th February
10th March

Lin Hetherington, who is the Deputy Head of Cambridgeshire Music said:
"For those who are new to Music and the Deaf may I explain that this is part of a National Deaf Orchestra initiative in partnership with Cambridgeshire Music. All the young people try out instruments and choose which one to have for their lesson. We all make music together at some point during the session and every child has one to one attention as well as working within a group.
All the meetings will be from 10:00 - 12:00 and parents are very welcome to stay and participate with the young people. When we met there on 15th October we had a wonderful morning with instrumental lessons and an Indian Dhol drumming workshop. We are expecting yet more children to join us on 26th November and we intend to feature the Dhol drums again. Please advertise this opportunity as much as you can to all hearing impaired young people and encourage them to come along, try an instrument and join in the fun."

We Will!

Check out the flyer below:
East of England Instrument Session Publicity 111126

Opening Doors Event in Tottenham London

From Communication ID

The Opening Doors conference is an event for school and college leavers looking for employment and thinking about what to do next.

Have you just finished School or College?
Perhaps you are thinking University is too expensive. Well we have good news! Many businesses and companies are looking for you. 50 -75 Businesses are offering a chance for you to travel and work aboard, work as an apprentice or to work in a company to help you gain experience. Also, information sessions will give you extra knowledge and ideas to help you find work. Interested?

When: 16th November 2011
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Times: Schools will be given a 2 hour time slot between 9am and 6pm

Cost: Opening Doors is completely free of charge to all students and schools attending. If you or a School would like to visit, please pre-book a time slot.

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Music and the Deaf Was Great!

Music and the Deaf came to Peterborough for the first time on the 15th October. 

Within 2 hours deaf students learnt to play pieces on an array of musical instruments. Guided by Cambridgeshire Music tutors the Peterborough students in attendance had developed their musical skills. 

Hayley played the horn to everyone plus learnt how to play the cello. Holly played the oboe to everyone as well as learning to play the guitar, flute and sax. Scott revealed music talents with the flute, which he played to everyone plus guitar and sax. Everyone played the Indian drums Dhol - closing the taster session with an amazing group performance.

There were also violins and guitar played by the St Ives students. It was great fun and we all hope to see it as a monthly event based in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Music can lend instruments for students to practice with at home. 

Picture - Hayley Mitchell plays an instrument

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Chilli Challenge At Nando's

PDDCS had a half-term meet-up and meal at Nando's in Peterborough on Tuesday. About 25 people attended and had a great time enjoying the food and fun.

Three of our Youth Group Members, Chyanne, Tara and Katie tried out the hottest chilli sauce!

Thanks to all who attended .. next up is the Big Sky event

Monday, 24 October 2011

Activities at Jack Hunt School This Half Term

The HOLIDAY CLUB is running again this week at Jack Hunt. Young people and their families are welcome.

Sporting activities includes Boxfit, dance, Multisport, cycling, table tennis and cricket. Spy school and percussion club are also taking place.

Contact details - Phone: 01733 263526 Ext 170 Email: Website:

£10.00 for Multi - Sports and Boxing / Boxfit (under 11) - 4 sessions
£ 5.00 for Table Tennis and Boxing / Boxfit (Ages 10+) - 3 sessions

Places are limited. Do book early to prevent disappointment. Spy School and Dance Experience days require online booking.

BOOKINGS are preferred at least 48 HOURS BEFORE A SESSION. Bookings must be accompanied by a signed application form by parent/carer and payment.

See page 2 of the document below for a timetable of activities.

October Half Term 2011 - LB V7

Check out our new advert...print it off and put it up yourself?

This is our new advert that will be in prominent positions in the new Peterborough City Hospital for the next three years... Why not print it off and put one up somewhere? Ideal places could be the doctors waiting room, audiology departments or other hospitals - anywhere will do! (with permission of course)

It's a quick and easy way to be an instant charity volunteer while spreading the word about PDDCS! Go on - print one out and put it up.

Everyone is a winner.

Pddcs Poster

First Aid Videos with Sign Language

Check out these videos from the British Red Cross. They cover basic first aid with BSL interpretation. There is a series of eight videos. Check out the first one below.

The full set of videos can be found here

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Introducing BSL Interpretation on PDDCS News

Today we introduce BSL interpretation on PDDCS News and our first interpreter, Sally Skeldon, who works with deaf people in Cambridgeshire. Sally bravely stepped in front of the camera for her website debut and will be back to do more in future.

The first three pages to be interpreted are the Welcome Page, Toddler Group and Parent Club pages. 

We are looking for more volunteers to help interpret some of the content on the can even do it from home. If you think you could be a PDDCS volunteer interpreter, please get in touch. 

A big thanks to Sally Skeldon for generously donating her time and skills to help make PDDCS more accessible. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Thanks To The Runners That Did The Business For PDDCS


A warm thank you to our superb runners who did their amazing bit to raise money for PDDCS at the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough last week. 

Jim Roberts ran the full half-marathon, The Monaf Family and Katie and Chyanne did the fun run and all together raised an incredible £800! That's an awesome amount - thanks so much for your help and dedication! We won't forget it...

Every penny raised goes into events and activities for the city's deaf children. Thanks again and check out our video of the race. 

If you would like to raise money for PDDCS - click here and see how easy it is .. although running 13 miles isn't easy - its easy to get the ball rolling..

Friday, 7 October 2011

William and Andy Palmer's Radio Interview with Subtitles

This is the audio and text from BBC's Radio Cambridgeshire's Peterborough Breakfast Show, featuring William and Andy Palmer on Jeans for Genes Day.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

William and Andrew Palmer on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Friday Morning

Fresh from being on TV last month and Yours Magazine this week, PDDCS member William Palmer and his Dad (also our Secretary) will be on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Friday talking to Paul Stainton about Jeans for Genes Day, genetic deafness and cochlear implants.

They're due to be on sometime after 8am. You can tune in on your digital radio or on 95.7FM. Unfortunately, we don't think the programme is available to listen online. There will be a transcript available shortly afterwards for those who don't listen to the radio, which will be available through PDDCS News

(Picture: From left: BBC's Paul Stainton, William and Andy Palmer)

William and Catherine Palmer Feature in Yours Magazine

PDDCS Member William Palmer and his Nan, Catherine, feature in the latest edition of Yours Magazine where they talk about cochlear implants, sign language and Nan's fantastic cooking! It's out now in all good newsagents on page 18.

William and Catherine are featured in the magazine to raise awareness of genetic conditions as part of Jeans for Genes day on Friday 7th October. National deafness charity, Action on Hearing Loss, is supported by Jeans for Genes.

William was also on the TV with his Dad recently too - you can watch that here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Youth Group Nandos October 25th

The Youth Group are meeting at Nandos in Peterborough City Centre on the 25th October for a meal. Please contact Nicola on 07806 429547 for more information or to confirm attendance. Cost will be around £10 - £15. 

Christmas Party Details Announced

Here it is folks, the moment you have all been waiting for ... Its the Christmas Party details!

The PDDCS Christmas Party is an annual fixture and draws in crowds of over 100 people to celebrate the festive season. This year will be bigger and better than ever and as always Santa will be there giving out presents too!

This time the party has been moved to the bigger venue Jack Hunt School after moving from Middleton School where it was held for many years! Big thanks to Middleton for all their support.

As always the maximum age for member children and their siblings is 11 years old. See the letter below for all the information you need to book your places for the party. As always, members will also receive details in the post!
Christmas Party Letter 2011

Bargain London Day Out and London Eye Trip Announced

Here's an offer you can't refuse...

PDDCS has arranged for our member families to experience a day in London and a ticket to ride the magnificent and world famous London Eye for just £15 for adults and £10 for children. That ticket price includes the return train travel and the voyage on the Eye! Unbeatable value!

What's more, the ride on the 135 metre (443ft) London Eye will be at sunset, giving fantastic twilight views of London. Don't miss out!

The date of this event is the 12th November but PDDCS places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. See the flyer below for more information and booking details.

London Eye

Monday, 3 October 2011

Beware: DeafBlind UK's Facebook Page Cloned by 'Spammer'

Deafblind UK today warned Facebook users to be on the lookout for a fake DeafBlind UK site set up on Facebook.

The charity, which is based in Peterborough and is the UK's largest promoting the interests of people who are deaf and blind, raised the alarm today via Facebook to warn people that a fake site had been created.

So far, the fake site has 44 'friends' against the real site's 1800 and Facebook's administrators have been made aware of the cloned site.

Here is the message posted by DeafBlind UK today on deaf related sites across Facebook:
Deafblind UK’s Facebook profile has been cloned from Sat, 1st October and this came to our attention yesterday. The spammer has set up a profile using the same name as ours: DeafblindUk Charity.We have reported this to Facebook but wanted to get in touch with you all straight away and ask you to block or unfriend them. We really appreciate your support. Please contact us to let us know if you have received any unwelcome spam emails and we will log down this information.
Contact DeafBlind UK here: 

It's not the first time that deaf people have been targeted by spammers or criminals on Facebook or the internet.

Stay vigilant.. 

Saturday, 1 October 2011

September on PDDCS News

Thanks to our readers for a BME (Best Month Ever) on PDDCS News in September with:

  • Over 3200 pageviews  
  • in 1500 visits to the site 
  • by 1000 unique visitors.
4000 is the next target...

Top stories in the month were:
  1. Watch The Wright Stuff Extra with William and Andy Palmer (with subtitles)
  2. Andy and William Palmer Live on TV on Tuesday
  3. Why James Roberts is Running to Raise Money for Deaf Children
  4. Gadget News: LightOn
  5. New BBC Stephen Fry Documentary Focuses on Sign Language
Top referring sites to PDDCS News were:

Keep coming back for more in October as PDDCS News brings you a mix of all the latest information from the Peterborough and District Deaf Children's Society and relevant news from the UK and beyond.