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After the ball games and races, we all shared a wonderful buffet tea with food provided by all.
The Agenda included the formal voting for committee officers – Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and the other members of the committee.
This year there were two changes to the committee.
Esther stepped down as Chair after 11 years in the role, though she is remaining on the committee to manage the communications and website. Andrea retired from the committee entirely after being both secretary and newsletter editor for many years. They were both thanked for their contributions to the NLDCS and presented with gifts of appreciation.
Your NLDCS committee for 2020 consists:
Sharon Web (interim chair), Donna Apparicio (treasurer) Kam Makram (secretary), Linda Sells, Esther Conway, Denis Coelho, Lauren Rapacioli, Sharon Webb, Suki Gill, Barbara Kasperska, Rayan Basma and Zibiah Loakthar.
Halloween Fun & Games
24 families got together for a spooktastic Halloween Fancy Dress party at Martin Primary School in October. There were plenty of “fangtastic” crafts and “boo-tiful” games followed by a Fancy Dress Parade with prizes for the most creative costumes.
Monkey Business – Go Ape September 2019
A day very well spent at the latest NLDCS event in Go Ape. Ten very brave, deaf children (ages ranging from 4-9 years old) were given the fantastic opportunity to get in touch with their inner Tarzan. They succeeded doing so at almost 40 ft high, braving the treetop trek involving intricate crossings, wobbly bridges and brilliant zip wires finales. It was an exhilarating experience not only for the children but also for some of the parents who took part in the treetop challenge.
Make a Pizza
Tomato, cheese and olives (with the odd red onion and mushrooms for the more adventurous) were the flavours of the day at the pizza making and eating event in Mill Hill.
Thank you to Pizza Express for facilitating a language rich event which was a real treat for the kids.
Easter is a time for bonnets and eggs and at the NLDCS party we went one further with our first ever Easter Eggmobile Race! 24 families turned up and 12 eggmobiles competed for the egg mobile which travels the greatest distance, the most beautifully decorated and the most original design. And then it was time for tea!
The NLDCS held its AGM in January to report on happenings and accounts in 2018. We welcomed Rayan Basma to the committee and said goodbye to Maggie O’Regan whose family and work commitments mean she had to stand down. You can find out more and read the report of our 2018 activities here.
Please contact us if you would like to see our detailed accounts.
A Christmas Carol
The NLDCS annual Christmas event at the Chickenshed was one of the best attended events. This year 23 children and their families (totalling 43 altogether) shared in the enchanting adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. With over 200 young performers this was one of Chickenshed’s most impressive productions to date and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Magician David Weeks was the entertainment for our autumn party who enthralled us all with his sleight of hand and illusions. The children came in their fancy dress costumes to celebrate approaching halloween and everyone shared a delicious tea.
Festival of Treasures
September saw the NLDCS involved in the Festival of Treasures Family Day at the British Library. This annual event organised by Camden Family Learning in partnership with Frank Barnes School and the British Library, saw fully deaf accessible activities being run by a variety of organisations, including contributions from the October Gallery, Science Museum, Francis Crick Institute, Royal Institute for the Deaf, the Postal Museum and many more!
Families from all over the world dropped by to take part in the activities, at our table they were making treasure boxes, and according to the registration, over 48 families attended who identified at least one deaf member of the family.
Lee Valley 2018
Our summer activities this year included two events in the Lee Valley Regional Park. The first was our incredibly successful outing to the Lee Valley VeloPark where 10 families took part in our cycling extravaganza. The very young children, aged 2 and up, had a chance at using balance bikes and the under 7s had a go at pedalling. We were all really chuffed when one of the youngsters, Marisa aged 6, rode a pedal bike, unaided for the very first time! While all of this was going on, the older kids had the chance to ride the outside mountain bike track, taking on the narrow and twisty paths around the site.
For the second visit to the Lee Valley, a group of young people, aged ten and over, braved the white water rafting legacy course at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Fully kitted up in wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, the intrepid team along with Ben, the interpreter had a brilliant time!
We have both the Lee Valley Community Fund and the National Deaf Children Society to thank for making these activities possible.
Fire Station visit 29th April 2018
13 families attended Mill Hill Fire Station on a chilly day to meet the firemen and learn about their job and fire safety. The children were invited to explore the fire engine and much to their delight, take a turn on the hose.
‘My boys were over the moon to join the trip to Mill Hill Fire station organised by NLDCS,’ says Denitsa, a mum. ‘In preparation, we’d been acting out the fire fighters’ job at home. My elder son, Toma who is proudly deaf, was excited to meet new deaf friends and see a friend from his own school. He was extremely inquisitive to find out how things work in the fire engine and the firefighters were happy to answer his questions. Overall we had a great time and I am looking forward to attending the next event with NLDCS. Thank you once again for making us part of it.’
And a big thank you to the London Fire Brigade team, especially Fire Officer Matt Load, at Mill Hill for making everyone feel very welcome.
Pottery painting on 24th March
‘A great turn out for the latest NLDCS event at Fired Treasures in Mill Hill,’ says mum Sharon. ‘In total 21 children attended and chose a variety of pottery items to paint including plates, bowls, cups and tea pots, to name but a few. Even some parents couldn’t resist having a go and it was lovely to see some new members join in the fun. Special thanks to Ben for being our BSL communicator on the day who was a big hit with the children and parents alike.’
NLDCS request all members on the mailing list to opt-in
As the law is changing, the NLDCS need to confirm that you are still happy to hear from them. It will only take a moment and you can change your mind at any time. An email was sent to members on 14th April 2018.
If you don’t respond by 25 May 2018, you will no longer receive any communications from the North London Deaf Children’s Society.
If you have missed the email or you are not yet a member. Please contact us.
Hollywood Bowl – Finchley
The Finchley Hollywood Bowl have chosen the North London Deaf Children’s Society as their charity of the year! A special event will be held in September 2018 to raise awareness for our charity. Read more
National Deaf Children’s Society extend deadline of London Multi Activity Weekend
The NLDCS held its Annual General Meeting on 12th March 2018.
NLDCS Disco Party
At our first event of 2018 much fun was had with the entertainment provided by DNA Kids parties. There was dancing, bubbles, foam and hilarious races along with our creative tables for some time out. Kids of all ages (even the teenagers!) were joined by parents for the dancing, making it one of our most memorable parties.