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AGM Notice

We hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting of Oxfordshire Deaf Children’s Society will take place on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 3.30pm at Brindles, Hinksey Hill, OX1 5BE  (at the end of the summer garden party).

The agenda and relevant papers will be sent to you when you confirm your attendance. Please think about whether you might like to join our committee – you can commit as much or as little time as you like.  All the currently serving committee members are willing to stand again, but we could always benefit from fresh ideas on the committee and some more members would be welcome! 

Contact us to tell us if you can attend the garden party and AGM.

Do you want to know more about your child’s rights?

Knowing your child’s rights – Expert Parent Programme is a free event for parents and carers with deaf children aged 0-18 years. It offers information about your child’s rights and how to get support from health, education and other services, and the opportunity to meet other parents. It is hosted by NDCS.

The event takes place on Saturday 18 May 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford  OX1 2AQ. Lunch and refreshments are included, free of charge. Booking is essential: email or ring 028 9332 4010 / 07968 143165.

Does your child have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)? Should they have one? How do they get one?

Understanding the Legal Framework is a free information workshop for parent carers given by Victoria Federico, Solicitor and Head of Education Law, on the benefits of getting an EHCP, the process of getting one, and what to do if your local authority refuses. It is hosted by Action for Carers Oxfordshire.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 10 am – 1 pm at Stratfield Brake, Kidlington OX5 1UP. Booking is essential: or email or ring 01235 520463.

Easter Holiday Theatre Trip

We have arranged a group rate for In the Willows, a modern musical adaptation of Wind in the Willows, on Wednesday 10th April at 2 pm at Oxford Playhouse.

More information here.

This new British musical is recommended for those aged 8+. It stars deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca and incorporates British Sign Language (BSL) into the choreography “for a unified experience for D/deaf and hearing audiences”.

ODCS can offer your deaf/hearing impaired child a free ticket, and give a rate of £13 for all other tickets if you reply by email by 6 pm on MONDAY 18th MARCH at the very latest. 

Latest news and events

The February 2019 issue of our newsletter includes:

• Committee news – new members needed
• New: Facebook page
• Website – photographs wanted!
• Upcoming events: (Crocodiles of the World trip, 3rd March; Horrible Histories – special performance, 18th June; ODCS pairing with local toddler group).
Click here to read the newsletter.

Click here for the Crocodiles of the World trip flyer.
You need to book by 24 Feb!

Click here for the Horrible Histories Live flyer.
You need to book by 27 Feb!

Horrible Histories Live on Stage – Dreadful Deaf!

Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 6.30 pm at The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

Join us for a family outing to see Horrible Histories live on stage as it delves into the dreadful, dangerous and deluded stories of the deaf! From groovy Greeks to gorgeous Georgians, ruthless Romans to vile Victorians, come with us into this incredible world to discover the extraordinary people and amazing stories you simply won’t believe! Deaf or hearing, this bilingual production – in spoken English and British Sign Language – is a truly frightful treat for all the family! Recommended for ages 5+.

We will provide free tickets for families who are ODCS members 2018-19. 
To apply for tickets:

  • Email us by 27 February 2019
  • Tell us if one or two parents are attending
  • Tell us how many siblings will be attending
  • If there are no siblings attending, would your deaf child like to bring a friend?

If you are not a member for 2018-19 please join or renew your membership before you apply for tickets – details here.

Has your child recently been identified as deaf?

NDCS Newly Diagnosed Information Days for parents of children aged 0-2 will be held on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2019 at Hotel Mercure, Milton Keynes.

This free family event is an opportunity to explore the early stages of your deaf child’s development. Booking essential.

Email: or ring 0121 234 9832.

Hip Hop Dance Auditions

Metta Theatre, a touring theatre company, is producing a new musical called In The Willows that incorporates BSL into the performance. It is looking for deaf dancers aged 17-25 to join the chorus and dance alongside some of the country’s leading musical theatre and hip-hop performers at Oxford Playhouse on 9 and 10 April 2019.

Workshop rehearsals for Oxford will be held on Friday 1 February 2019.

Go to the website to sign up

See the video for more info chorus workshop video