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Berkshire Deaf Children's Society

A world without barriers for deaf children and young people

Reading Deaf Children's Society (RDCS) & South East Berkshire Deaf Children's Society (SEBDCS)

We are delighted to let you know that the members of RDCS and SEBDCS voted unanimously in favour of the two charities merging and the formation of Berkshire Deaf Children’s Society. We will all be working hard over the coming weeks and months to complete the legal and practical processes.

Our children are often excluded from the simplest and most basic social interaction with other children because of communication difficulties or misunderstandings about deafness. This often leads to frustration and feelings of isolation.

Our events programme brings deaf children together with their families in an atmosphere of support, where their deafness is not an issue and they can just have fun in a stress-free environment. We try to run events that aren’t so readily available for deaf children like canoeing, horse riding, sno-tubing, and specialised fun days to name a few.

We aim to run our events programme at the lowest cost possible to members, with many events being free.

We also run fundraising events such as pub quizzes and ceilidhs. These are a great chance for mums, dads and other family members to get together and have some fun of their own!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sam Barnard
Contact Position
Chair
E-mail
berksdcs@gmail.com
Website
https://berkshiredcs.org/

Time / Date Details

When is it on
We run events that members can join in

Other Details

Availability

Other notes

Our aim is to support deaf children including those with additional needs and their families across West Berkshire. Providing opportunities to develop a social network and participate in fun activities.

We aim to be fully inclusive and welcome all methods of communication.

We create opportunities for parents to share experiences and help support each other. At the same time, the children form lasting friendships and look forward to meeting during school holidays.

We run both fundraising and social activities. Our fundraising efforts, which have included quiz nights, Ceilidhs and grant applications, enable us to heavily subsidise our popular social activities. 

Social activities include: annual family BBQ, fun days and panto trip. Other activities we put on during school holidays include horse riding, sno-tubing, canoeing, day trips and parent-only activities such as dad's go-karting and mum's night in.

 

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.

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