SHSH - Jan to Mar 2017

To help parents understand PIP(Personal Independence Payments) Sign Hi Say Hi! together with NDCS are running an information morning on:




10.00am to 1.00pm (please arrive at 9:45 for registration and coffee)


The event will be of most interest to parents of children aged 14 and above. As Disability Living Allowances ceases once they reach 16 and they will have to claim PIP.


If you are interested in attending please contact


Jane Thomas @

or text Karen McLeod on 07437 335 655 to book your place.

Please note there is no creche facility

Please also state if you require an interpreter.



On 4th August the GB Deaf u21 football team travel to Poland for the Deaf European Championships.
SHSH member Adam Thomas (pictured 1st left) is the No. 1 goalkeeper for the team.
SHSH wish Adam and the rest of the team Good Luck, hopefully they will do GB proud and what brilliant role models for young deaf footballers of the future .”


Team GB

SHSH Programme - Sept to Dec FV


Hothersall Lodge

Hothersall Lodge – Lancashire County Council

Hothersall Lodge

 How To Get There

By Car: We are located at the end of the M55 just 2 miles from the Town Centre and we have ample FREE Parking. Situated on Cornford Road, just off Clifton Road, we are midway between the TESCO Clifton Extra and the ASDA Superstore. Sat Nav will get you onto Cornford Road and from here we are at the end of the Road on the right hand side (opposite DePuy Medical) where you will see our signs. On weekends ONLY overflow parking is available on Hanger World & Clifton Trade Park. There will be Car Park Attendant to direct Cars around the estate, please do not park on double yellow lines.
By Bus: There are excellent Bus routes to and from Town with 2 bus stops right at the bottom of Cornford Road. The number 15 and 16 Bus on the Blackpool South Circular stops right at the bottom of Cornford Road, from here we are only 2 minutes by foot.
By Cycle/Foot: Situated on Cornford Road, just off Clifton Road, we are midway between the TESCO Clifton Extra and the ASDA Superstore. Once on Cornford Road walk/cycle to the end of the Road and we on the right hand side (opposite DePuy Medical) where you will see our signs.

Ascent Trampoline Park,
Unit A,
Prestige House,
Cornford Road,



DWP’s Video Relay Service (VRS) is being extended to British Sign Language (BSL) users who want to contact the department about PIP.

People can access the service from their tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop through GOV.UK. They are then connected to a professional interpreter by video link, who relays what they are saying to DWP colleagues over the telephone.

Pat Russell, head of office for the Office for Disability Issues, said: “We regularly hear about the difficulties many disabled people have when trying to access government services.

“I am, therefore, delighted that the DWP VRS pilot has been extended to include PIP.

“This will help enable a greater number of disabled people access services in their preferred format.”

The pilot began in January for deaf and hard of hearing customers who call DWP about Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Access to Work.

There were 361 calls by the end of March – double the number expected for the whole 6-month trial in just 3 months. This represents 48 hours of translation, with an average call length of 8 minutes.

DWP worked with organisations such as the British Deaf Association (BDA) on how best to trial the pilot and it has received positive feedback.

“Overwhelming success”

David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications at the BDA, said: “We are really pleased to hear that the trial of the VRS service has been an overwhelming success.

“The evidence shows that deaf BSL users are using this fully accessible service in large numbers and are pleased that they can now contact DWP and discuss their issues in their own language. This is about equality and also a model of reasonable adjustment in the Equality Act.

“The BDA is happy to work with DWP to provide BSL awareness training to ensure that their staff become better able to give the right support and information to deaf BSL users.

“This is another welcome step towards making contact with government more accessible for deaf BSL users.

Apr to July programme- FV

We have received some funding from NDCS which has enabled us to have a trip to Hothersall Lodge. It is recommended for ages 7 and above. The activities available can be found below:-



  • Kayaking, Canoeing and Team Canoeing
  • Sailing and Windsurfing
  • Climbing and Abseiling
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Archery
  • Barrel-rafting and Canoe-rafting
  • Caving
  • Gorge Walking
  • Bushcraft, Firelighting and Survival Skills

Fylde, Wyre & Blackpool DCS

c/o PIP

Office 1 & 2

13-15 Preston Street



Registered charity 1037445

About Us

We're a group of parents and those working with deaf children who want a better deal for deaf children and their families.

We feel that it is helpful to come together to share information and meet others in the same position because by coming together we are able to give support and swap ideas.

At Fylde DCS, you'll find both deaf and hearing parents with a wealth of experience of deafness. They may have experienced some of the difficulties you may be facing. We may be able to help or, if not, we can put you in touch with others who can.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more please contact:

Karen McLeod – Secretary

07437 335655

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