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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

Sign language Taster Session for Young Children & Families

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