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Hackney Deaf Parenting Support Group

Hackney Deaf Parenting Support Group

 Are you a Deaf Parent/ Deaf Parent to be?
 Want to mix with other Deaf Parents & children?
 Want to receive information, support and advice?

When: 2nd Wednesday of every Month – 12.45pm – 2.45pm

14 th May 2014
11 th June 2014
9 th July 2014
10 th September 2014
8 th October 2014
12 th November 2014

Comet Children’s Centre
20 Halcomb Street
N1 5RF

SMS: 07928 842529 (text message only)

Deaf Parenting UK Family related events – Updates

Deaf Parenting UK is pleased to announce the following updates for Deaf Families living in the London Regions:



Fun & Games!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 1pm – 5pm, at St John’s Deaf Club, 258 Green Lanes, London N4 2HE (click here for flyer)






At Comet Children’s Centre, 20 Halcomb Street, Hackney, N1 5RF

Monday 16th April 2012, 12.30-2.30pm

The ‘workshop’ will cover:

Introduction to First Steps – Who Are We?

Information about basic behaviour management strategies (e.g. praise and ignoring)

What topics you as a parent would like to see covered at future sessions.


Re-decorate this spring!!!

Come and learn how to decorate Kew Palace style!

Kew Palace Botanic Gardens (flyer)

Sunday 20th May 2012, 11am – 4pm

Free experimental printing workshop for maximum 15 people – children + deaf parents (2 children /1 adult ratio)

For children age 8-12 years

BSL Interpretation

Tea/Coffee Refreshments provided

Only 15 places available on first come, first serve basis.

  • Bring your own packed lunch
  • Free unassisted time to roam around in gardens after end of workshop.

For further information and booking forms for the above – please contact DPUK Families Project Coordinator:

Nicole Campbell

DPUK Families Project Coordinator

SMS: 07928 842529

Fax: 0871 264 33233

Hot off the press – DPUK Newsletter Winter Edition

Hot off the press – Welcome to our Deaf Parenting UK Newsletter (Winter 2011). In this issue you will find:

  • Christmas wishes from our Editor
  • Update news from DPUK Manager
  • Family Information Tour that is happening across UK
  • DPUK & St John DC’s Children Xmas party
  • BDA Conference
  • DPUK’s new funding from TSB Foundation for Deaf Families Project including parents support groups.
  • London 2012 Celebration
  • DPUK Lifetime Achievement Awards 2012
  • DPUK Family Events News
  • Latest news and details of DPUK events & workshops
  • Job Opportunities to work with DPUK

I hope you find the contents informative, your comments and/or views would be most welcome!

Don’t forget the deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is Friday 2nd March 2012.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Deaf Parenting UK is delighted to be chosen to work in partnership with first ever UK and Ireland’s Family Information Tour organised by London Family Television. The products and services that have been chosen for the Family Information Tour are made to enable the enrichment of the lives of families, children and young people.

Asif Iqbal MBE Project Manager explained: “We are delighted with our partnership with Family Information Tour, ensuring that Deaf parents and other parents who visits the Tour are aware of Deaf Parenting UK and our services.

Family Information Tour are also FREE which provide families with information, advice, support and resources at family friendly venues. It is also fantastic opportunity for Deaf Parenting UK and other charities/ organisations to showcase the best products, services and businesses to parents, children and young people.”

Sofia Theophilou, Director of UK and Ireland Family Tour: “Local Family TV is delighted to be partnering with Deaf Parenting UK on our UK and Ireland Family Information Tour.  It is important that not only is information and advice is important for families but that everyone should also know about Deaf Parenting UK as charity that does so much for deaf parents.  We also hope that more people will become volunteers or donate and we will continue to get the message across.” 

The Family Information Tour will also showcase the following:

Products – Some of which to include books and video games that will benefit parents, children and young people with educational information;

 Seminars – Q&A sessions with real-life experts;

Services: Businesses and voluntary organisations chosen by us will exhibit information and provide advice to parents, children and young people;

Presenters Casting: We have received confirmation from over 100 people who will be attending the tour for our presenter auditions.  We are looking to train local children, young people and adults to present programmes in their communities;

The Family Information Tour will cover 9 dates across the venues at Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Exeter, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Belfast on Saturdays from November 2011 to April 2012, therefore giving the maximum impact benefiting families, children and young people living in the UK and Ireland, as follow:

Birmingham – 26th November 2011

Venue – Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX

Manchester – 10 December 2011

Venue – Manchester Bridge Club, 30 Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 3JJ

Newcastle – 28 January 2012

Venue – Fluid Bar and Kitchen, Bealim House, 17-25 Gallowgate, NE1 4SG

Norwich – 11 February 2012

Venue – Blackfriars’ Hall, Norwich St, Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

Exeter – 18 February 2012

Venue X Centre Commercial Road Exeter EX2 4AD 

Cardiff – 10 March 2012

Venue – Whitchurch Community Centre, Old Church Road, CF14 1AD

London – 24th March 2012

Venue –Christ Church United Reformed Church, Chase Side, Enfield, EN2 6ND

Edinburgh – 31 March 2012

Venue – Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL

Belfast – 28 April 2012
Venue – Black Box, 18 – 22 Hill Street, BT1 2LA

DPUK & Harrow Deaf Club BBQ

Harrow Asian Deaf Club & Deaf Parenting UK’s joint celebration

Deaf Parenting UK is celebrating their 10years anniversary by joining force with Harrow Deaf Club to have a fantastic family BBQ.

When:  2nd July 2011

Where: Bentley Day Centre, 94 Uxbridge Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 6DH

Time: 2pm-9pm 

It’s a FAMILY DAY OUT!! EVERYONE are welcome, you can invite whoever you want to come, anyone can join the fun day out!

It includes BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Pinata, Egg and Spoon Race, Sack Race, Apple Bobbing, Art, Lucky Dip, Prizes and so so so so much more!!!

Entry Prices:
– Adults: £5
– Children (aged 7-15) : £2.50
– Family (2 adults and 2 childs) : £12
– Kids (6 or under): Free

No need to pre-book, just turn up and have lots of fun!
Please note that children are the responsibility of the parents as no crèche provided at the venue. It is fun for both parents and kids to share together.

Any Questions: Please contact the HADC team,
SMS/Text: 07907445619  Please don’t forget to add your name in the text message so we know who you are.

DPUK Family Day Trip to Thorpe Park (JULY 2011)

DPUK Family Day Trip to Thorpe Park

THORPE PARK is the place to get your adrenaline pumping!

Must Travel by coach, courtesy of DPUK

FREE Tickets inclusive of coach and theme park entrance:

Children under 1 metre – FREE

(Maximum ticket requests – 4 people per family)

When: Saturday 23rd July 2011

Where: Opposite London’s Dungeon at London Bridge BR Station

Time: 8.30AM SHARP

Return to London Bridge at 7.30pm

Places will be given on first come first serve basis for Deaf Families living in South West, West, North, North West, and East London Regions only

Limited TICKETS – book quickly to avoid disappointment!



Fax: 0871 264 3323

SMS: 07928 842529

The Royal Collection & the Wallace Collection:June/July 2011

The Royal Collection and the Wallace Collection:

Wednesday 29 June, 18:00 – 19:30 at The Queen’s Gallery

Saturday 2 July, 16:30 – 18:00 at the Wallace Collection

(The talk will be delivered between 16:45 and 16:00 and refreshments will be served at the beginning and end of the talk)

Outside In: Exploring depictions of Dutch Life at the Royal Collection and the Wallace Collection

This event will explore the themes of war and peace, and mood and morals in seventeenth-century Dutch paintings. A number of paintings in the Dutch Landscapes exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery will be compared with interior scenes at the Wallace Collection.

At The Queen’s Gallery the talk will be delivered in English with BSL Interpretation provided by Tracey Tyer and Lipspeaking support from Linda Croton.

At the Wallace Collection the talk will be delivered in SSE (voice and sign) by Serena Cant. Notes and a loop will be available.

Special Senses Day at Colchester Zoo

Special Senses Day at Colchester Zoo

On the 2nd July Colchester Zoo will be holding its annual Special Senses Day, a great day out that has been designed to make the zoo fun and accessible for all abilities.

This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors with a range of disabilities to get more involved with activities at the zoo and there will be special encounter sessions for anyone that is registered disabled and a sensory awareness zone with touch and sniff activities, live animals and crafts.

Highlights of the day will include the ‘Special Senses Show’ at the Wild about Animal’s Theatre and the assistance dog team demonstration at the Displays Arena. The ‘Special Senses Show’ will explain all about how animals use their senses for survival and the assistance dog team demonstration will give visitors an insight into the expert training that the specialist hearing dogs receive.

Families with deaf children are invited to visit the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Listening Bus, the UK’s only touring information centre for deaf children and over the course of the day there will also be British Sign Language Interpreted feeds and displays for hearing impaired visitors throughout the zoo.

Start/Finish times: 9.30am – 6.30pm (last admissions to zoo grounds at 5.30pm)

Ticket costs:
Adult rate – £16.99
Child rate – £10.50
Senior (over 60) rate – £13.99

Disabled rate – £8.50

Carers – 1 Carer may also enter at the same rate as the season appropriate Disabled rate
Please note verification of disability status will be required to qualify for the concessionary rate. e.g Blue Badge, letter etc.

Please check out the website on for more information and for

enquiries, please telephone: 01206 331292

Next CODA/HMFD Workshop: Sunday 26th June 2011.

Next CODA/HMFD Workshop is planned for Sunday 26th June 2011.

These workshops are aimed at the hearing children of Deaf parents.

The morning workshops are a safe place for the children to express themselves and their feelings. Parents are not judged. The workshops are about the children feeling free to talk about their shared experiences with their peers.

We, as a group, have all agreed that what we talk about, in the workshops, stays in the workshops and is not discussed away from the workshops, with anyone!

The afternoon activities are decided by the children and are their opportunity to have fun and be carefree.

Workshop Facilitators, Angie Poole and George T. Taylor, encourage the children to take pride in their bi-culturalism and bi-lingualism. Angie and George are both adult HMFDs, fully accredited workshop facilitators and CRB checked.

CODA = Children of Deaf Adults (English)

HMFD = “hearing (me) – Mother – Father – Deaf” (BSL)

Next CODA/HMFD Workshop is planned for Sunday 26th June 2011.

10:15 – 10:30, meet at Arboretum Hall/Cafe (parents and children).

10:30 – 12:30, WORKSHOP (children age 8-16 only).

12:30 – 13:00, Lunch.

13:00 – 16:00, Afternoon activity (to be announced).

16:30, parents collect children from Arboretum Hall/Cafe.

Please e-mail, address below, to confirm you child’s attendance. This is necessary because numbers are limited.

BSL Talking Hands
Angie Poole & George T. Taylor

  • British Sign Language/English Interpreters & Translators
  • Workshop Facilitators & Trainers (CODA/HMFD & ‘Parenting Matters’)
  • Columnists
  • Consultants (Health & Safety, Technical Aids, Access to Work)
  • Advocacy (Mental Health)

FREE Deaf Parenting Skills workshops – Bristol & Surrounding Areas.

Are you Deaf parents or know of Deaf Parents living in Bristol area or surrounding areas?

Want to meet other Deaf parents?

Want to boost your confidence on parenting?

Need support/ information/ advice on where to go?

Workshops are for you!

Where: St Paul’s Children Centre

Little Bishop Street

St Paul’s

Bristol BS2 9JF

When: Saturday 12th March 2011

Saturday 26th March 2011

Saturday  9th April 2011

Saturday 16th April 2011

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Do come along and get to meet other parents as well as sharing your experiences and to learn from others too.

The workshops and crèche are free, please book places for yourselves and your children, if they wish to come along – booking form attached or contact Hilary for a booking form.

The suggested topics are as follows:

  • Healthy eating with the family
  • Communication with the family
  • Keeping fit with the family
  • Behaviour management
  • Budgeting with the family
  • Positive parenting tips
  • Understanding child development
  • Knowing your benefits

Do let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like to see happen during the workshop sessions.

Want to know more and to book your places, please contact Hilary Sutherland by email on or by fax 01454 324408

Sign Circle Deaf BSL Camping Festival 22-25 July 2011

Sign Circle Deaf BSL Camping Festival 22-25 July 2011, Longridge Showground, Preston, Lancashire,

Sign Circle is a camping festival with many different activities, workshops, entertainment and performances for all ages to enjoy. During this weekend you and your family can take part in the programme or simply sit back, relax and switch off. The festival welcomes the whole signing community; Deaf people, families, friends and groups.

The reason why Sign Circle was set up is because mainstream festivals are often not accessible for Deaf people, and they do not have the unique elements of Deaf community and culture. At Sign Circle you and your family will have unlimited access in BSL to anything that is going on at the campsite.

The festival has been successfully running for the past four years and now celebrates its 5th anniversary. In total Sign Circle has provided entertainment for 1,200 campers and volunteers, and continues to grow. The festival is organised and run by a team of volunteers.

May 2007, 142 people at Fanwood Campsite in Yorkshire
May 2008, 250 people at Fanwood Campsite in Yorkshire
May 2009, 386 people at Longridge Campsite in Lancashire
May 2010, 417 people at Longridge Campsite in Lancashire

For more information about the festival:
– Visit
– Email
– Text 07762 142 131
– Join the Facebook event ‘Sign Circle – 5th Deaf BSL Camping Festival’

The Baby Show ExCeL returns on 18 – 20 February 2011!

The Baby Show ExCeL returns on 18 – 20 February 2011!

Give your baby the best start by visiting the UK’s number one Baby Show.

In just one day you can…

  • Enjoy huge savings on 1000s of must have products from top brands
  • Try before you buy to find the right products for you
  • Learn all you need for a happy, healthy baby from experts
  • Talk with midwives and health experts to put any concerns to rest
  • Get expert product advice and demos
  • BSL interpreter(s) provided from Deaf Parenting UK Stand M28 on each day and on Stage only on Saturday.

… Plus, relax as nappy changing, feeding and play areas, shopping drop-off and collect by car services make visiting a breeze.

Tickets for The Baby Show ExCeL are now on sale or email to win some FREE tickets.

More info can be found our news section and our The Baby Show page.

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