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Deaf Matters

North London Deaf Children’s Society


What’s Been Happening

We were delighted to see some of you at our bowling event and picnic, which were held before the end of last term. Then, at the beginning of August, eight teenagers spent five days bonding and learning the basics of sailing in a very enjoyable holiday run by the Pioneer Sailing Trust.

Dinosaurs have been a strong theme recently, as mid-August we arranged another successful session for pre-schoolers at Little Dinosaurs in Muswell Hill, then a few weeks later, six children (together with family members) attended a fun-packed Dino Snores sleepover at the Natural History Museum.

Other news

New Logo
A big thanks to Jess White for designing NLDCS’s new banner and logo, which you’ll see at the top of this newsletter.

Drop in group for Haringey and Enfield families with pre-school age children
Parents, grandparents and carers with hearing-impaired children aged 0-3 and living in Haringey or Enfield are invited to bring them along to a drop-in group held on Mondays in term-time.

Informal sessions, promoting signing, are run by a teacher of the deaf and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat to other local families.

Date and time: Mondays, term times only, 10-11.30am
Venue: Woodside Children’s Centre, 59 White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5SJ (nearest tube station is Wood Green)

Free mixed martial arts classes for older teenagers & young people
A reminder that mixed martial arts sessions for deaf, disabled and able-bodied people aged 15-25 take place every Thursday at Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Road, N7 8RH, from 6.15-7.15pm.

They’re funded by Big Lottery and admission’s free for everyone. Find out more at

Subsidised events
All our events are subsidised and charges we make don’t fully cover the costs involved. We’re heavily reliant on donations from individuals and companies and grants from NDCS, so please put NLDCS’s name forward if your employer is looking to raise funds for a local charity.

We’re shortly launching an eBay for Charity account, which will enable you to donate a percentage of money received when selling items online. More details will follow.

Research projects
From time to time, families with deaf children are asked to participate in research projects. These are really important as their ultimate goal is to improve our kids’ welfare, so if you fit the requirements, please make the effort to let the research team know as some have a hard time recruiting participants. A parent fed back that her young son got to play games for a recent study at UCL, so it sounds like he had great fun while helping the researchers to understand more about hearing loss.

The Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group (CICs) runs events throughout the year and is an invaluable source of information for cochlear implanted children and their families. If you’re not already a member, find out more at



Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: Meet at 2.30pm for 3.00pm start
Venue: The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND
Cost: free, but a £25 advance deposit is required which will be refunded on the day
Age: 13+

Stomp is a blend of comedy, dance and rhythm in which the performers use everyday objects including bin lids and plastic bags to get the audience’s toes tapping and adrenaline pumping. The show has been described by the The Times as ‘incredibly powerful’ while the Standard says that it is ‘endlessly inventive, the performers’ energy and discipline is awesome’.

This event is aimed at encouraging independence and teenagers will NOT be accompanied by an adult in the auditorium.

A committee member from NLDCS will meet them at the start to ensure they have their tickets and will remain near the theatre during the performance. Do make sure that your child is comfortable with this. Additional information will be providing on booking.

To book, please send a cheque made out to NLDCS for £25 per young person (13+) to: Esther Conway at 6 The Causeway, London N2 0PR. (, to arrive by 30 October at the absolute latest.

This trip is being made possible by a grant from the National Deaf Children’s

Sign language Taster Session for Young Children & Families

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: Burghley Road Play Space, 23 1/2 Burghley Rd, Wood Green N8 0QE (2 mins walk from Turnpike Lane Tube station).
Age: Deaf children aged 0-7 with their families

Families of children aged 0-7 with hearing loss are invited to a free social gathering and sign language taster session. Mums, dads, grandparents, carers, brothers and sisters are all welcome to come and take part in games and fun activities being led using simple British Sign Language.  There is no need for you or your children to know any BSL already.

Please bring vegetarian food which doesn’t need heating up for a shared buffet lunch.

The venue is accessible to wheelchair users and has baby changing facilities. There is no parking outside so it’s best to come by bus or tube. If you have any special needs or requests, do contact us and we will do what we can to help.

For more information, to let us know that you would like to come, or to register interest in future activities, email

Rapunzel at the Chickenshed

Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
Venue: Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate N14 4PE
Time: 3-5pm (inc interval)
Age: 5+
Cost: Deaf children & siblings free, other family members £13 per ticket

Our annual visit to the Chickenshed is always immensely popular, and this year you’ll get the chance to see Rapunzel as you’ve never seen her before. In a new and exciting musical version of this well-loved tale, the theatre’s large and amazingly diverse cast will dazzle and delight children and adults alike.

A captioned, BSL-integrated performance is taking place on 9 December and Chickenshed is kindly offering our members subsidised tickets. NLDCS will provide free tickets for deaf children and their siblings, so you only have to pay for accompanying adults. Tickets always go quickly and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that tickets should be reserved for immediate family only, to give as many deaf people as possible the chance to see this amazing show.

To reserve your place(s), please complete this booking form and send it with a cheque payable to NLDCS, to Kanwaljit Makram to arrive by Wednesday 1 November 2017 at the latest.

Deaf Matters

North London Deaf Children’s Society

A great offer from The Unicorn Theatre – for information and booking please contact the theatre directly at the email give –

Free tickets to our ISIP press night performance
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Invitation to our exclusive ISIP performance


I am delighted to invite you to the press performance of our Christmas show, The Velveteen Rabbit, which will be performed in ISIP on Tuesday 21 November at 7pm. We have an allocation of complimentary tickets available, if you would like to attend or are interested in bringing a group please contact Jess on

Join us as one of our biggest hits returns for a third time after a Broadway transfer. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real.
★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ The Daily Mail

★★★★ Time Out

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Kind regards,

Jessica Young
Marketing Officer