Exciting new Deaf children’s TV series: Are YOU Up For It?

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Are you young, Deaf, talented? Are you Up For It? Join the crew!

Up For It? is the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust’s new children’s series aimed at primary aged children, although people of all ages will want to see the showcase of child Deaf talent in the first series of 10×14 minute programmes.

The series was made for the BSLBT by Flashing Lights Media. It features three young new Deaf BSL using presenters; Nadeem Islam, Mia Ward and Rosie Benn and their dog, Twiks.

In each episode, we meet a mystery hot seat guest – a talented deaf child aged 6-15 – and the presenters have to guess what their special skill or hobby is. When all is revealed, the young guest chooses one of the presenters to go with them to learn about their hobby and do a challenge related to it… often pushing the presenters to their limits!

The BSLBT is keeping the skills and talents of the young hot seat guests very secret so that viewers can have fun guessing each week.

Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, said: “It has always been my strong view, as a maker of children’s programmes and a commissioner, that children themselves should be at the heart of children’s programmes. Children want to see

themselves or their peers on the screen! Up For It? certainly delivers that – it is a showcase for Deaf children and young Deaf talent.”This groundbreaking series is so strong that it has already been nominated for Deaffest 2017 awards, including Best Programme.

Up For It? was commissioned by BSLBT and produced by Flashing Lights Media: TRANSMISSION SCHEDULE: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/about/tv-programme-schedule

Up For It? will be broadcast for 5 weeks, with 2×14 minute programmes broadcast back to back each week. Starting on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm on the

Community Channel, weekly transmission times are as follows

– Thursdays at 7.30pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539,Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Saturdays at 7.30am on the Community Channel (Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Mondays at 8am on Film4 (Freeview 15, Sky 315, Virgin 428, Freesat 300)
– Tuesdays at 2pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)

Each pair of programmes will also be available to watch at any time on the BSL Zone website, http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/, straight after their initial broadcast. Viewers will also find plenty of extra activities, sneak peeks ‘behind the scenes’ and resources at http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/.

You can find a promotional video (in BSL with English subtitles) here: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/latest/are-you-ready-for-up-for-it/

For more information about Up For It?, contact:
Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, at kerena.marchant@bslbt.co.uk (production related enquiries)
Jen Dodds, BSLBT’s Digital Editor, at webeditor@bslbt.co.uk (general enquiries)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BSLZone/
Twitter stream: https://twitter.com/BSLZone


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DPDC Xmas Party 2016 – Reading Deaf Club

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The party is on Saturday 17th December at 12:00 to 15:00 at Reading Deaf Club.

Deaf parents with deaf children and their hearing siblings are invited. Tickets are at £5 per head. If your child is 3 years old (36 months) or under free.

A family will need to bring a present (valued at £5 or under) for each child to the party where a mystery Deaf Santa will give it to the named child at the end of the party.

There will be games and lots of fun.

Buffet and drinks will be provided for everyone. Could you please let me know if you have special diet foods.

Dress code: please wear your best christmas outfits! We’d love to see your crazy Christmas jumpers!

Contact purplebluebabe@hotmail.com (Viccy) ASAP for me to put your names down and the bank details. I will reply back once I received the payment from you.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1004853692897908/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1478414511299531


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Give me BSL: A list of where to learn and watch British Sign Language online!

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Here is a list curated by Deaf Parents Deaf Children showing you all the recommended places you can learn BSL, watch BSL stories and watch television programmes with BSL online.


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Yet another amazing day at Bowood House!

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On Saturday 9th of July Deaf Parents Deaf Children returned to Bowood for the fourth time, and what a fantastic day it was! Hidden in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, the Bowood estate boasts one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. A life-size pirate ship complete with rigging and a crows nest as well as a ‘space dive’ which featured giant slides aptly called the ‘slide of death’, chutes, trampolines and high-level rope walks. The kids were let loose while the parents caught up on the latest news and got acquainted with new friends.  Once everyone arrived and settled into the fantastic surroundings, all the parents and kids gathered into one big circle and introduced themselves to each other.

After lunch we all went for a lovely walk by the glorious lake to the old temple and visited the caves, which were quite spooky – needless to say the kids loved walking into pitch darkness! We all came out to a view of the beautiful waterfall.

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It was a lovely day to see the children making new friends and playing with each other so effortlessly, and for the parents to get together and chat knowing that they had so many things in common to talk about.

Thank you to all the families who came along, especially those who came from afar.  Next years event will take place on Saturday 8th July 2017.  Join the facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming!

Photos belong to DPDC please do not copy or use without our permission. 


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DPDC Day out: Nostell Priory National Trust

 

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On Saturday 23rd April 2016, 12 families from Manchester, Sunderland, Leeds and Wolverhampton met up at the beautiful Nostell Priory National Trust for the day.  The children all excitedly explored the garden and parklands. Some explored further by walking, cycling or scootering around the surroundings.   While the kids were all busy, parents grabbed the chance to discuss all things related to being a deaf parent of a deaf child, sharing educational tips, stories and experiences!

The day was such a great success, and will happen again next year on Saturday 22nd April 2017, save the date!


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DPDC Camping 26-28th August 2016, Derby – spaces left!

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Disappointed about Sign Circle being cancelled? Fear not, there are spaces left to join the Deaf Parents Deaf Children Campers from Friday 26th- Monday 28th August at the Ashbourne Heights Country Park in Derbyshire.

Last year all the DPDC kids had an amazing time cycling, swimming, playing games, going on walks and making new friends. To avoid missing out please book your places NOW!


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DPDC Bowood House Fun Day Out – Saturday 11th July 2016 – Agenda!

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One more day until the annual DPDC fun day out at Bowood House! We’re so excited to see you all again and meet some new and old faces.

To make the most of the day we have an agenda which will ensure everyone gets a chance to meet everyone and allow kids plenty of opportunities to play and make new friends!


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Storytelling with your child (BSL Study)

Do you use BSL as your primary language of communication with your family and have a child aged 30-48 months?

We are looking for participants in a study that involves a child and their parent interacting naturally about different set of toys.

We would prefer if the parents are deaf but everyone is welcome as long as your child is learning BSL as their first language and you communicate with your child using BSL. Your child may be deaf or hearing.

The study has two different parts. In the first part, you and your child will be video recorded while talking about toy objects (sets of animals, foods and kitchen utensils) as you would normally do. You will be talking about one set of objects (6 toys) at a time and in some cases, we will leave the toys with you and in other cases we will take the toys away. This part of the study will not take more than 20-30 minutes.

In the second part of the study, we will ask you to indicate what signs your child knows from a list. We ask you to indicate whether your child understands and/or uses the sign themselves. This part of the study will take no more than 5-10 minutes.

The whole study should not take more than an hour, including the setup.

We would like to carry out the study in your home as we believe this may be more comfortable and convenient.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will not be associated to your or your child’s personal details (name, date of birth, address) and will be securely stored on a local, password protected server that will only be accessed by research team members.

We will pay you for your time: Payment for the caregiver will be £15 per hour/session, and your child will receive a little gift.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in being involved, and we can book a day and time. We are looking to do this study in July. Please do get in touch with me via email at neil.fox@ucl.ac.uk. If you require more information, I am more than happy to answer any questions.


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