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Tree climbing in Alexandra Palace

  • Saturday, 18th July 2015 at 1:20pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

    Tree climbing in Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

    Reach new heights under the guidance of…

Little Dinosaurs playdate for pre-schoolers

  • Sunday, 10th May 2015 at 10am - 12pm
    Location: Little Dinosaurs The Grove Alexandra Park N22 7AY

    Little Dinosaurs play date for pre-schoolers – 10 May
    Come and meet other parents…

NLDCS - SEN talk and discussion

  • Thursday, 11th June 2015 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: The JDA Julius Newman House, Woodside Park Road, Finchley, N12 8RP

    Following the success of our last information…

Deaf Hustings

Posted by Esther Conway, Monday, 30th March 2015 @ 7:49pm

  • Esther recently attended Deafness and Hearing Loss Hustings, organised by Action on Hearing Loss. This is a summary of her report:

    “This debate, chaired by Denis Campbell, a journalist at the Guardian newspaper, was aimed at giving deaf and hearing impaired people the opportunity to ask questions to representatives of the three main political parties on issues concerning deafness.

    The panel was made up of Labour MP Kate Green, Conservative MP Mark Harper and Lord German, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.

    A variety of questions on a range of subjects were put to the panel. These included changes to the Access to Work scheme, cuts in services in some local NHS Trusts where hearing aids are being reduced to one per adult, lack of consistent subtitles in the media and lack of deaf awareness in social care of the elderly and across the health service in general.

    Most of the questions focused on adult issues rather than those facing parents of deaf children. The overwhelming feeling from the audience was although legislation such as the equalities act is in place, not enough is being done to put in practical support.

    All three participants came across as interested in the stories they heard and recognised that with the UK’s aging population, deafness will become an important issue and that we need to be planning health and social care support now.

     The Conservative MP said that new NHS guidance would be published in the Spring concerning the Equalities Act and that in April a report will be published giving the latest update on Ofcom’s audit of subtitling.

    The Labour member argued for an evidence-based approach, looking at where Access to Work is failing, stating that legislation on its own without action is no good and that training is important to ensure that social care becomes deaf aware to avoid isolation in old age. Changes need to be in the context of a co-production with deaf and disabled people.

    The Liberal Democrat representative said that investing in supporting disability will result in more people in work, more taxes and less cost to tax payers.  He believes in a personalised approach – universal services, but locally delivered. He feels that BSL should get legal standing of its own, like his own experience of Welsh. 

    You can see a film of the debate here 


  • Sunday, 15th February 2015 at 2:30pm - 5pm
    Location: Martin Primary, Plane Tree Walk East Finchley, London N2 9JP

    You are invited to NLDCS's annual party, details below:

    Date: Sunday 15 February…


  • Monday, 19th January 2015 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Jody Sacks’ house at 4 Firecrest Drive, Hampstead, London, NW3 7ND

    Want to know what NLDCS has been up to this year, and our plans for next? After a short meeting…

The Gruffalo’s Child at Arts Depot

  • Saturday, 20th December 2014 at 3pm
    Location: Arts Depot 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner North Finchley N12 0GA

    Following hot on the heels of the success of The Gruffalo, this sequel again brings to life…

Peter Pan at the Chickenshed

  • Sunday, 14th December 2014 at 1:30pm
    Location: Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate London N14 4PE

    Tickets are available at a great discount for NLDCS members for the family favourite, Peter…

Children’s cookery sessions

  • Saturday, 25th October 2014 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: Summerside House Summerside School Crossway Finchley London N12 OQU

    The popularity of shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef means that home…

NLDCS Evening Talk

  • Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: JDA, Julius Newman House, Woodside Park Road, North Finchley, London N12 8RP

    NLDCS evening talk

    It’s not easy keeping up with the latest thinking in…

Summer activity – martial arts & self defence course

  • Wednesday, 27th August 2014 at 11am - 2pm Friday, 29th August
    Location: East Finchley Combat Academy Rear of 7 Church Lane East Finchley N2 8DX

    Our summer activities are always very popular, and this year’s won’t disappoint. The East…

Picnic in Highgate Woods

  • Saturday, 9th August 2014 at 1pm - 3pm
    Location: Highgate Woods

    NLDCS is celebrating the summer holidays with a picnic in Highgate Woods, so do come and join…

NDCS Listening Bus in Finchley

  • Thursday, 26th June 2014 at TBD
    Location: Summerside Primary, Crossway, Finchley, London N12 0QU

    The hugely popular Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996 delivering the NDCS’s…

NLDCS Annual General Meeting 2013

Posted by Esther Conway, Wednesday, 8th January 2014 @ 11:26pm

  • In early December we held the NLDCS Annual General Meeting to report on activities during 2013.

    Treasurer Linda Sells presented the accounts for the year 2012-13 and we are pleased to announce that we ended the year with a surplus due to the generosity of our fundraisers.

    There were changes to the committee as long-term members Trina Rawlings and Kate Bass stepped down, and were thanked for their contributions. Shahira Kamali-Kassam also stepped down.

    In return, we were pleased to welcome Sharon Webb, mother of Ella, aged 3, to the committee.

    All Officers; Chair, Secretary and Treasurer were thanked and re-elected for a further year, as were the remaining committee members.

    Thanks were offered to BPM, who sponsors our website, members database and online newsletter and to Jody Sacks for hosting the committee meetings and AGM.

    The evening ended with a very enjoyable buffet provided by Jody whose culinary contributions to these meetings are very appreciated.

    We are always looking for new committee members. If you are interested in finding out more, why not come to one of our meetings?

    Your committee members are: Esther Conway (chair), Andrea Dean (secretary), Linda Sells (treasurer), Denis Coelho, Lauren Rapacioli, Naheeda Syed, Donna Tuffs and Sharon Webb.

    The full committee report is available on the here.

Sciencetastic Family Discovery Day

  • Saturday, 1st March 2014 at 12pm - 4pm
    Location: British Library 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

    A Family Discovery Day, which aims to bring together deaf children and their families from…

NLDCS Party - Mad Science!

  • Saturday, 8th February 2014 at 2:30pm - 5pm
    Location: Martin Primary School, Plane Tree Walk, 
East Finchley,
 London N2 9JP

    This year we’re hosting a Mad Science party, featuring a highly entertaining interactive and…

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Arts Depot

  • Saturday, 21st December 2013 at 3pm
    Location: Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12 0GA

    Date: Saturday 21st December
    Time: 3pm

    Venue: Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street,…

Visit to Willows Farm & scary fancy dress costume competition

  • Sunday, 27th October 2013 at 2:30pm
    Location: Willows Farm Village, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF

    Visit to Willows Farm & scary fancy dress costume competition

    Date: Sunday 27th…

NLDCS Play Event for 5s and under

  • Sunday, 1st September 2013 at 10:30am
    Location: Little Dinosaurs The Grove Alexandra Park N22 7AY

    If your child is aged 5 or under, come to play at Little Dinosaurs soft play at…

NLDCS Puppet Theatre Workshop (5-9 year olds)

  • Wednesday, 14th August 2013 at 10:30am - 3:45pm
    Location: St Marys Church, Upper Street, Islington N1 2TX

    Puppet Theatre Workshop


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