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Cycling at Lee Valley

Date: Sunday 24th June 2018
Time: 11am-approx 1pm
Venue: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3AB
Age: 2-18

How to get there: Nearest station is Stratford (20 mins walk)
4 hours free parking is available. You’ll need to enter your car registration number at a terminal in the venue.

We’re offering your children the chance to enjoy some Olympic action in cycling sessions at the VeloPark. We’ve arranged 3 sessions for different age groups and abilities:
VeloBalance 2-5 yrs (non-riders) 11.30 – 12.30
Pedal up 6 – 10 yrs must be able to ride a bike 12.30 – 1.30
Mountain biking 10 yrs+ must be confident riders 11.45 – 12.45

Cycling slots lots last an hour, and children and families are also invited on a tour of the venue, including the iconic Velodrome. Tours start at 11.30 and 12.30, so you can do this either before or after the cycling. We’ll send further details closer to the date, but anticipate that everyone will meet at about 11.00 am.

VeloPark has very kindly agreed to fund the cost of the cycling and tours for NLDCS members and we expect places to fill up fast. Deaf children will be given priority, but we’ll try to accommodate hearing siblings. Communication support (funded by an NDCS local groups grant) will be available on the day, please make sure you tell us if your child/ren require signed support. We’re asking for £10 deposit per child, which will be refunded on the day. Make sure you turn up to get your deposit back!

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to members so email northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk to find out how.  Deadline for booking this event is 18th June.

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Playtime at Little Dinosaurs

Date: Sunday 15th July 2018
Time: 10am
Venue: Little Dinosaurs, The Grove, Alexandra Park N22 7AY (www.littledinosaurs.co.uk)
Age: 5 and under

How to get there: By car – The Grove has its own free 80 space car park (next turning after the garden centre).
On foot – nearest entrance to Little Dinosaurs is behind the bus stop on Muswell Hill, just down from the Broadway.
Nearest stations and buses: Highgate Tube then 43 or 143 bus; East Finchley Tube then 102 bus, Wood Green Tube then 144 bus, Finsbury Park tube and W7.

This tried and tested venue is always very popular with pre-schoolers, so whether you’ve a toddler, baby or both, come and meet other parents of local deaf children in safe, fun surroundings. There’s a great cafe serving yummy food, free parking and both an indoor soft play area and an outdoor playground so fun’s guaranteed for everyone, whatever the weather.

Normal entry price: £4.95 for a 90-min play session (2 hours if buying. food at the cafe). £1 for babies under 12 months.

Special offer for members: NLDCS is contributing £2 for every deaf child aged 5 and under who attends.

For more information, and to let us know if you planning to attend, please contact Kam Makram, northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk

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White Water Rafting

Date: Friday 24th August 2018
Time: 9.30am – approx 12.30pm
Venue: Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Herts EN9 1AB
Age: strictly 10+

How to get there: 10 mins from junction 25 or 26 of the M25. Find directions for different modes of travel at https://www.gowhitewater.co.uk/visitor-info/how-to-get-here

Older kids are invited to take part in a thrilling white water rafting experience on the Olympic course at this iconic venue. Prices normally start at £38 per person, but Lee Valley Community Fund has very kindly agreed to fund costs for NLDCS members, so places are free. Communication support (funded by an NDCS local groups grant) will be available on the day, please make sure you tell us if your child/ren require signed support. Deaf children will be given priority, but we’ll try to accommodate hearing siblings and are asking for a £10 deposit per child, to be refunded on the day. Make sure you turn up to get your deposit back!

Please arrive promptly as there will be a full safety briefing and assessment before going out on the water, and anyone who misses this will not be able to take part. All safety equipment will be provided.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis for members so to find out how to book please email northlondon@ndcsgroup.org.uk  The deadline for booking is 10th August.

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

BOOK NOW: 
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.