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The Special Needs Jungle is a website by parents of children with additional needs. It has produced a summary of the Government Pathfinder report on the Special Educational Needs Local Offer and Education Health and Care Plans. The report was to compare families from Pathfinder areas (Blackpool and Lancashire were not Pathfinders) with those families experiences who were not in pathfinder areas.

The evaluation was to see if families had a more positive experience with better outcomes for children and young people.

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

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 –


Bookshine packs are available for children who are deaf. Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs.

What’s in the packs?

There are two Bookshine packs available:


  • Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old)
  • Bookshine (3-5 years old)



Both packs contain:

Two board books

  • A Bookshine booklet of advice about sharing books with deaf children
  • A Bookshine book guide listing lots more great books, as well as useful organisations and resources

Where can I get the Bookshine pack from?

You can collect your free Bookshine packs from your health visitor, local health clinic, early years setting, or local library. Bookstart schemes also work closely with these professionals and sensory impairment teams to help make sure everyone receives the packs best suited to them.

For further information please follow the link below:-

Guidance for accessing subtitles on You Tube.



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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