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Does your child want to improve their swimming skills and make new friends?

NDCS, in partnership with Trafford Community Leisure Trust are holding deaf-friendly swimming for deaf children and young people in the North West!

·         Deaf-Friendly Swimming

·         Partington Sports Village, Chapel Lane, Manchester M31 4ES

·         Starting 12 June

·         Fridays, 12 week course

·         Beginners 4pm – 4.45pm

·         Intermediate/Advanced 4.45pm – 5.30pm

·         Variety of age groups*

·         Cost of 12 week course: £57.60

The activities are suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to competitive swimmers. Young people will take part in fun activities and learn new skills, delivered by fully qualified, deaf aware swimming teachers.

*Please note: All ages are welcome to attend the sessions, however should we be oversubscribed places will be prioritised for deaf young people aged 11+.

Booking essential! Please book early to guarantee your child’s space. For further information and to request a booking form please contact:

Ashleigh Scott,

Swimming Development Officer

Tel: 0121 234 6225

Apr to July Club Programme FV

Payment for this event needs to be made by Monday 18th May
Children – free
Adults – £5.00
Children – £10
Adults – £10
Payments should be sent to Don McLeod, 6 Crofters Walk, Lytham St Annes, FY8 4FE. Cheques should be made payable to Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool Deaf Children’s Society (not Sign Hi Say Hi!). Don will also be present at the horse riding event if you want to make your payment to him then.
If you are not sure if you are a member you can check by emailing Michelle Stewart her email is
If you are not a member and wish to join please let Michelle know and she will send you an application form. It costs £5.00 per annum for Family membership which runs from the 1st September to 31st August each year. You can include your membership payment with your payment for the Hot Ice Show and can then pay the reduced ticket price.

Interesting and thought provoking article

The Cambian Group provide specialist deaf services. They state ” We are able to support both pre and post 16 aged children and Pondersosa (our new service in Yorkshire) is due to open very soon. In all our Signpost homes, staff communicate in British Sign Language and we have a mix of Deaf and hearing staff. Each of our specialist homes cater for a wide range of needs and abilities, providing flexibility of peer groups”.

Information can be found on their website

Their contact is

 Liz Brooks
Commissioning Manager

The Cambian Group
Pinnacle House, 2 Oakwood Square, Cheadle Royal Business Park, Greater Manchester SK8 3SB

M: 07714 311334     T:0161 3675900

This book by the author of “The Gruffalo”. Freddie is delighted when he meets a fairy who offers to grant his every wish. But Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well and all Freddie’s wishes come out wrong. Whatever can they do ?

This is a delightful story which gives young children guidance of how to help those who don’t hear very well understand what they say.

All the articles in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education are available for free after a year. So you can go back through the archives and learn a huge amount. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents who want to find out more –

Swimming Coach Bursary Scheme

The NDCS Sports Coach Bursary Scheme is now live! We’re looking to support any deaf individuals (16+) who wish to take their swim teaching / coaching qualifications and become a swim teacher / coach!

What is the Coach Bursary Scheme?

The scheme aims to support young people and adults gain formal swim coaching qualifications and empower them to deliver swimming activities to deaf children and young people. The scheme is managed by NDCS and will financially support people to gain a swim coaching qualification or to improve their existing coaching qualification.

Who is the Coach Bursary Scheme aimed at?

Applicants from across the UK are encouraged to apply for financial support from NDCS to undertake Level 1 and Level 2 swim teaching / coaching qualifications. NDCS can fund up to 90% of a coaching course, to a maximum of £750.

Applicants must be aged 16+, with priority given to those who;

- have experience coaching or working with deaf young people

- are deaf, or can demonstrate British Sign Language (Level 2+) skills

- can demonstrate how undertaking the coaching qualification will lead to an increase in deaf young people participating in swimming.

Round 2 of the Coach Bursary Scheme is now open. Applicants can apply through the application form found here – Coach Bursary Scheme.

What has this got to do with you?

Please share this information with any deaf young people (or adults) who may be interested in gaining a swim teaching / coaching qualification to become a swimming teacher / coach. Or to any deaf young people (or adults) who may be interested in improving their existing swim teaching / coaching qualification.

For any further information please contact the Me2 Team –


Hannah Nicoll (nee Hannah Wells)

Youth Outreach Officer North-West (Based in the North West)

The National Deaf Children’s Society,

Castle House, 37- 45 Paul Street,

London EC2A 4LS


Mobile number: 07720088110 Landline: 0161 9411221

switchboard 020 7490 8656 (voice and text) fax 020 7251 5020
Registered Charity No 1016532


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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