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.

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 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.

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, 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.

Funding for DELTA Summer School 2016

If you would like to apply to us for funding to attend the 2016 DELTA Summer School, please submit your General Funds application form by 31 May 2016. We cannot accept applications after this date.

The DELTA Summer School will take place from 28-31 July 2016 at the University of Worcester. It will provide advice, support and encouragement to families of deaf children of pre-school and primary school age. For more information download the Summer School flyer – pre-school 2016 or Summer School flyer – primary school aged 2016.

Bumblebees – Change of Date for April

Our Bumblebees after-school club is meeting next week on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at Bicester Bowl at 3.45 pm with bowling at 4 pm, followed by tea for the children.

This is suitable for all ages as we can get supports for the toddlers to bowl (parents, you need to stay with your children for this to be safe) and you can join us even if you have a baby as it’s a chance to meet other parents of children up to age 13.

If you would like to attend contact Naomi on 07961 385543 or email There is no phone signal at Bicester Bowl, which is round the back of Bicester Leisure Centre, so if you need to contact Naomi on the day ring 01869 253914, then press 1 and 1 again to get through to the Bowl reception.

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage In Biscuit Land is a show performed by Jess Thom, who has Tourette’s Syndrome, It will be at the Old Fire Station in Oxford on Tuesday 5 April 2016 at 7.30 pm. The show is for ages 14+. will be interpreted in British Sign Language, and will be a relaxed performance where every member of the audience is free to make noise and move around. Tickets cost £10.

For more information go to

The Royal Association for Deaf People

The University of Manchester is doing some research for the Royal Association for Deaf People, to gather information to help the organisation develop its future plans. They are keen to hear from all Deaf people, their families and those who work with them.

As part of the research, you are invited to take part in an online survey:

If you have any questions about this project, contact Claire Dodds by email ( or on Skype (claire.dodds.manchester).

The survey is open to everyone, so please feel free to pass it on to others as well.