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.

Bumblebees November Meet Up

Bumblebees is our after-school club for deaf children and their siblings and parents. Our next meet up is at Bicester Bowl, on Monday 7 November 2016 at 3.45 pm, so we can start bowling at 4 pm. We will pay for bowling and food for the children.

If you would like to come along please contact Daniela Cesco on 07803 709 518 or email blade.runner@talktalk.net.

Panto Time

We have organised tickets for Cinderella at Oxford Playhouse Theatre, for a captioned performance on Wednesday 28 December 2016 at 7 pm, and a signed performance on Sunday 8 January at 11 am.

ODCS will pay for the deaf child. Tickets for one friend or sibling will be subsidised to £6.50, and we have arranged a discounted price of £13.00 for everyone else. Please order your tickets from us by 27 November in order to take advantage of these prices. Email Jenny on djennywren@aol.com or click here panto 2016 for more contact details.

Christmas Party 2016

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Hope you can come to our Christmas Party on Saturday 3 December 2016 from 12 – 3 pm at The Millennium Hall, Horton Cum Studley, OX33 1BF.

Lunch will be served at 12.30 pm, and will be followed by entertainment, arts and crafts, a small raffle, a tombola and, of course, Father Christmas with a gift for every child.  The party is suitable for children aged 0–12 but if you have teenagers who would like to help out please let us know.

Please reply to Jenny Davies (djennywren@aol.com) by 29 November and let her know the names and ages of the children attending. Siblings and one friend are welcome, but don’t forget to send us their details too!

Bumblebees October Meet Up

Bumblebees is our after-school club for deaf children and their siblings and parents. Our next meet up is at Bicester Bowl, on Monday 3 October 2016 at 3.45 pm, so we can start bowling at 4 pm. We will pay for bowling and food for the children.

If you would like to come along please contact Daniela Cesco on 07803 709 518 or email blade.runner@talktalk.net.

Bumblebees September Meet Up

Bumblebees is our after-school club for deaf children and their siblings and parents. Our next meet up is at Bicester Bowl, on Monday 12 September 2016 at 3.45 pm, so we can start bowling at 4 pm. We will pay for bowling and food for the children.

If you would like to come along please contact Daniela Cesco on 07803 709 518 or email blade.runner@talktalk.net.

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.