Family visit to Mill Hill Fire Station on Sunday 29th April

Now’s your chance to take a peek inside a fire engine, find out exactly what a firefighter’s job involves, try on the uniform and get the lowdown on fire safety as NLDCS has arranged a family visit to Mill Hill fire station – details below.

Where:  Meeting point is outside Mill Hill Library in Hartley Avenue, NW7 2HX (directly opposite the fire station)
When: 1.45pm prompt, Sunday 29th April
Age: Families with children aged 3+, though younger ones are welcome.
Duration: 2 hours
Transport: Parking in surrounding streets; Mill Hill Broadway station is a 5 min walk
Cost: Free but you must book a place.

How to book: It’s vital to book in advance, as numbers are limited and we won’t be able to include extra people on the day.

Please email Kam Makram, northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 23rd April with the following information:

  • Full name and mobile number of parents/carers who will be attending
  • Name(s) of child(ren) their age(s), whether they’re deaf or hearing, and their communication needs

Extra info:

  • As with all our events, this is only open to member families.
  • Your children remain your responsibility throughout the event and you must stay with them at all times.
  • Remember to book within the 23rd April deadline as we need to confirm numbers.
  • If you can’t make it on the day, please let us know.
  • If the weather’s good, we’ll be going to the local park afterwards, so do bring some snacks.
  • We’ll contact you on the day if plans change due to the firefighters being called out on a job.

Smoke alarm fittings – Do you know that you can request additional free safety devices to be fitted at home if you have a deaf member of the family?

The Mill Hill station can arrange for visiting families with deaf children to have smoke alarms fitted that use vibrating pads or flashing lights to alert people to danger.

Details of families attending who don’t live in the borough of Barnet will be passed on to their local fire station so that a fitting can be arranged.

Anyone living in London can book a fire safety visit from the London Fire Brigade
via https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/home-fire-safety-visits/. A special alarm can be brought if you let them know a deaf person lives with you.


Easter treat for kids aged 3+

Sarah and Duck at Arts Depot


Illustration Sarah and Duck © Karrot Entertainment

Young fans of CBeebies – and their families – are bound to be familiar with the enchanting world of Sarah and Duck. Now they’re stepping off the small screen and on to the stage, and NLDCS is giving you the chance to join them in a brand new show, called Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday, at the Arts Depot during the Easter Holidays.

Meet them, together with their friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. The tale is being performed in a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, taking you and your children on a magical adventure.

More information and booking details are below – please note the very tight deadline.

Date: Wednesday 4th April 2018
Time: 2pm – 3pm (no interval)
Venue: Arts Depot, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12 0GA
Age:  3+
Cost: Deaf children and siblings £7 each (*subsidised by NLDCS; normal ticket price is £14 per person); one adult carer per deaf child goes free; other friends and family members £12.60 each

To book: Please contact Kam on northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk  to book. Tickets are limited and first come, first served.

Deadline for bookings: Friday March 24th 2018

* Subsidised tickets are only available to families who are members of NLDCS and have paid £5 annual subscription for 2018.



Children’s pottery painting


 Children’s pottery painting on Saturday 24th March – free for deaf children 

NLDCS has arranged pottery painting for your children on Saturday 24th March, so book now to ensure a place!

Details are below and please note that the venue and time are different from those in our recent newsletter.

Where: Fired Treasures, 143 Dollis Rd, Mill Hill NW7 1JX
When: 2pm prompt, Saturday 24th March (please arrive 15 mins early
Age: 3+ – as long as your child can pick up a paintbrush. Deaf children will be given priority, but places may be available for hearing siblings.

What’s involved: A 1 ½ hour session in which children can unleash their artistic talents and decorate a mug or plate. These will be fired after painting and given to you at a later date.

Transport: Free parking in surrounding streets, and in Virgin Active and Waitrose car parks in Langstone Way. A few minutes’ walk from Mill Hill East Tube station (Northern line).

Cost: Free for deaf children who must pre-book. Siblings will need to be paid for – about £15 per child.

How to book: It’s vital to book in advance, as numbers are limited and we won’t be able to include extra people on the day.

Please email northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk by 8pm on 18th March with the following information:

*Full name and mobile number of parent

*Name(s) of child(ren) who will be attending, their age(s), whether they’re deaf or hearing, and their communication needs

Extra info:

  •  This event is only open to member families.
  • Parents of children aged under 16 must stay on site throughout the session.
  • Remember to book within the 18th March deadline as we need to confirm numbers the following morning.
  • If your child can’t make it on the day, please contact Sharon Webb on 07802 841888 as early as possible so that the place can be given to someone on the waiting list.



NLDCS Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday 12 March 2018
Time: 7.45pm
Venue:  46 Arden Road, Finchley N3 3AE (Kam Makram’s home).

Want to know what NLDCS has been up to over the past year, and find about about what’s planned for the rest of 2018?  Then come along to our AGM, where you’ll also have the opportunity to feed back about what you’ve enjoyed and share ideas for future events. After the short meeting you’ll be able to catch up with committee and friends over drinks and nibbles.


1 Apologies for absence
2 Minutes & matters arising from the last AGM in March 2017
3 Committee report
4 Treasurer’s report & acceptance of accounts
5 Election of officers
6 Election of committee members
7 Any other business

All members are welcome and this event is for adults only. We’d love to see you and if you are able to attend, please notify Esther northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk


It’s party time!

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 2.30-5.00pm
Venue: Martin Primary School, Plane Tree Walk, East Finchley N2 9JP
(Entry via the second entrance on Plane Tree Walk as we are in the dining hall)
Age: 0-100 – all families and deaf children are welcome!

Come and join us for a fun-filled disco themed party. There will be party games from 2.30pm for the children, giving adults time to chat and meet other parents.
As usual, to keep our costs down we’re asking you to bring something to eat or drink – preferably finger food that doesn’t need heating up and can be eaten without cutlery. Do mark what it is, and whether it contains nuts/meat or is suitable for vegetarians.

Please book in advance and let us know how many people are coming, and what you’ll be bringing. To book your places, contact Northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk as soon as possible, letting her know about any communication requirements/specific needs.
* Children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers throughout this party.