The Oxfordshire Deaf Children’s Society (ODCS) is a charity that provides opportunities for families with deaf and hearing impaired children in Oxfordshire and the surrounding area to get together for mutual support and to have fun. Most of our members are parents and we have one aim in common: the welfare of hearing impaired children and their families.

Trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park

Please join us at Cotswold Wildlife Park on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 10 am.  The Wildlife Park is located 2 miles south of Burford, and 20 miles west of Oxford (postcode: OX18 4JP). Parking is free and there is ample disabled parking. For more information and directions see the website at http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk.

We hope you can join us for this super day out. ODCS will pay the entrance fee for everyone but you will need to bring your own picnic or pay for your own food and drinks from the café. 

If you would like to go please email marianne.tilley@btinternet.com by 14 August and list the names of who will be attending.  Let us know if you require support with transport as this can be arranged.

NEW: Bumblebees on a Monday

Our Bumblebees after-school club will meet on Monday 4 July 2016 at 3.30 pm at Rugrats and Half Pints in Banbury. We are trying out a change of day to a Monday to see if more families are able to come along. This indoor soft play venue is suitable for children aged 0-11. We pay for entry and food for your deaf child and their hearing siblings, giving you the chance to chat with other parents.
If you can make it please contact Daniela Cesco on 07803 709518 or blade.runner@talktalk.net.

Music and Listening Sessions for Pre-School Deaf Children

An experienced Teacher of the Deaf is offering five free music and listening sessions for pre-school deaf children during the summer holidays. These will take place on Thursday mornings in Newbury in Berkshire on 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August and 1 September 2016 – see the flier for more details:  Summer music sessions

For more information and to book a place email jo_coote@hotmail.com or text/phone 07773 649998.

Theatre Trip for 11-18 year olds

We are offering a trip for hearing impaired young people aged 11 -18 to see a captioned performance of Guys and Dolls in London on Thursday 7 July 2016. There will be a workshop and an introduction to set, props and costumes in the morning, followed by the performance in the afternoon. The group will travel by Oxford Tube and underground, accompanied by Fran Simmons and at least one other adult.

The trip is free including transport, but the young people must be members of ODCS and be aged 11-18. Let us know as soon as possible if you would like a place. Please go to the Join page If you need to renew your membership for 2016-17 (due from 1 April 2016) or join ODCS.

For more details about the event see the Mousetrap Theatre Projects website.

Green Dragon Eco Farm Trip

Families with pre-school and primary aged children are invited to join us at the Green Dragon Eco Farm on Sunday 5 June 2016. We will be there from 10.30 am until around 3 pm.
The farm is situated in Hogshaw, between Buckingham and Aylesbury, and has a range of activities for the whole family. Attractions include a feeding barn with baby animals, petting area, adventure playground, go karts, soft play barn and messy play barn. For more details visit the website.
We will pay for your entrance to the farm, but you will need to bring your own picnic (if the weather is good) and/or pay for your own refreshments from the cafe. To book places you need to email Jill at bramblejelly@live.co.uk by 27 May. Tell her if you require support with transport as this can be arranged.

Oxfordshire Services for Disabled Children

Oxfordshire County Council will be recommissioning services for disabled children from April 2017 to include community short breaks (holiday playschemes, after- school activities and youth groups) and short break overnights (respite) at Viking House and Sycamore.

You are invited to give your views on what is important to you. To have your say, please click on the link below. Please respond by 9 June 2016.

http://digitalforgood.org/occ-survey/

Come and join the circus…

Our 2016 AGM will be held on Sunday 22 May from 12.30 pm until 3 pm at the Millennium Hall, Horton-cum-Studley. Lunch will be followed by a circus show, and while the AGM is taking place the children can attend a circus skills workshop.

Please contact Jenny by 15 May 2016 to book your places. You can email djennywren@aol.com, text 07863 207496 or ring 01235 834752 to tell her the names of all adults and children attending, ages of the children, and if anyone has specific dietary requirements.

This is the AGM Agenda 2016. Please use the Nomination Form 2016 to make a nomination for the Committee.