There are a number of groups working locally or nationally, who offer deaf children and their families, the opportunity to socialise together, through organised trips and events. Do let us know if there’s anyone else that we can add to this list.
(PLEASE NOTE: The list was compiled before Covid-19 limitations were put in place and obviously not everything listed is fully functioning currently. Please contact individual providers to discuss their current arrangements.)
Caroline Palmer, our Family Support Worker, within the Sensory Needs Team, runs regular get-togethers for pre-school (Springboard) and school age children (Time-Out), where the kids and their families can get together for fun and support. Contact Caroline by text on 07384 604282.
Sul Regan, one of our Teachers of the Deaf, tells ‘signed stories’ at the Jubilee Library on the last Friday of every month, from 10:15am to 10:45am.
Also known as Quiet, is affiliated with the NDCS and is run by parents of deaf children. They organise low cost/free trips and events for members, as well as running a regular coffee morning. Their website is www.bhwsdcs.org.uk.
In Hassocks, is run by deaf people and as well as serving great food to the local community, they host sign language classes and a Friday night youth club. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Johno2017/
Talking Hands Cafe
4 Stanford Terrace
Mon – Fri 06:00 to 15:00
Sat 07:00 to 14:00
Runs weekly deaf hockey training at Blatchington Mill School. Their website is www.brightonandhovehockeyclub.net or you can call the lovely Wendy, directly, on 07816 886417.
Offers deaf football training. They also run the Gully’s Days Out scheme for children with additional needs, offering day trips to members who pay a small annual fee.
Their website is www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk
Offer BSL assisted swimming lessons. Their website is www.wetwetwetswimschool.co.uk
Matt, one of the WetWetWet teachers, who signs, also teaches at the King Alfred Leisure Centre, 259 Kingsways, BN3 2WW Look on the freedom leisure website: www.freedom-leisure.co.uk
Offers weekly cricket coaching for 12 – 25 year olds, all disabilities welcome, at Downs View Life Skills College, 7 Old London Road, Brighton, BN1 8XR. For more information, contact Aroop Tanna, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And Duke’s at Komedia both show subtitled films on a regular basis, usually on Sunday evenings or early Monday afternoons but they’ve also been very good at specially scheduling upcoming subtitled children’s films at family/school friendly times, if you know there’s a film coming soon and they are given sufficient time to plan ahead. They also give a free carer’s ticket for each disabled customer. Visit www.picturehouses.com or ring 0871 902 5728 for Duke of York’s or 0871 902 5747 for Komedia.
Offers free trips and short-breaks for deaf children, as well as their quarterly magazine.
Their website is www.ndcs.org.uk
Offers trips and short-breaks for cochlear implanted children and their families, as well as sending out a very informative quarterly newsletter.
Their website is www.cicsgroup.org.uk
Tel: Tricia Kemp on 020 8876 8605
Offers opportunities to play and be coached together with other deaf tennis players.
Their website is http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/deaf-hearing-impaired-tennis
Don’t forget that if your child receives Disability Living Allowance or has an EHC plan, they are probably eligible for a Compass Card, which offers discounts on a huge range of leisure activities across the city and beyond.