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Bowood House – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Save the date!

On Saturday 9th July 2016, Deaf Parents Deaf Children are hosting another fun day out for all DPDC families at the Bowood House and Adventure Playground in Wiltshire. Don’t miss out and save the date!

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.

Times: The venue opens at 11am and closes at 6pm.
Address: Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ.

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Another amazing day at Bowood House!

On Saturday 11th of July Deaf Parents Deaf Children returned to Bowood for the third 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 had a big game of toilet tag, followed by rounders outside Bowood house. We then all went for a lovely walk by the glorious lake 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 a beautiful waterfall.  This year all the kids bravely paddled out into the stream and climbed the rocks next to the waterfall.

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Against Captains Orders – A BSL interpreted theatre experience from Punchdrunk for Deaf people and their families


If you’ve never heard of Punchdrunk​ – They have pioneered a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

Lilli and I went to ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’ last year and LOVED it as it was so visual and mesmerising, so on behalf of DPDC we have worked with the National Maritime Museum Greenwich to put on a BSL interpreted theatre experience of ‘Against Captain’s Orders’. If Punchdrunks past shows are anything to go buy you and your kids will love it! Please share this with your BSL friends, the deadline for priority tickets is July 1st, then the tickets are made public.


“Prepare to explore. You are the crew of HMS Adventure. Together we will set sail into the uncharted.”

Glan, Museum Curator

National Maritime Museum Greenwich and Punchdrunk Enrichment present an exciting new experience for 6-12 year olds and their families.

This is an adventure through the museum’s collection of maritime objects and their histories.

Get ready to experience history like never before as you and your family join the crew of HMS Adventure. Meet our fearless curators, put on a lifejacket, and step into the action. Anyone brave enough to get on board will not believe what will happen next.

Against Captain’s Orders is exciting and perhaps a tiny bit dangerous…

Performance dates and times: Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 12:00 & 17:10
Tickets: £19.75 per person
To enter this experience you must attend as a family group of adults and children (6-12 yrs).

To make a priority booking, please email the Bookings team by 1 July:

During the priority booking period up to Wednesday 1 July, tickets can be booked via e-mail only. Invoices will be sent for confirmed bookings. Payment of invoices needs to be completed by Wednesday 8 July. Tickets booked but not paid for by 8 July will be released for general sale.

After the priority booking period, tickets can be booked using the website booking system from Friday 3 July.

Please follow the link below for further important information about Against Captain’s Orders.


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Your VOTE is needed! Support Signature who’ve developed a GCSE in ‎BSL‬ to be part of the national curriculum!

Tens of thousands of people in the UK can’t get access in their own language to things most of us take for granted. They are deaf people whose only or main language is British Sign Language (BSL). Signature want to ensure more people, deaf and hearing, learn BSL. Signature have developed a GCSE in BSL to be part of the national curriculum. Teaching BSL in schools is not only essential for a more inclusive environment for deaf learners, it has also shown to have a powerful impact on literacy. Signature know there are young people who want to study it and schools that want to offer it but need help to get the message out to more people. Winning Pitch to Rich will mean Signature can do that. That means more people taking qualifications, more interpreters and deaf awareness. And, ultimately more people fully taking part in everything the UK has to offer. The learners of today will take their BSL skills with them when they become nurses, entrepreneurs, athletes, civil servants, politicians, teachers, volunteers…

Deaf people tend to achieve less in education than their hearing peers. Their employment prospects are not as good and it is harder from them to enjoy sport, film and theatre, due to communication issues. GCSEs are well recognised; a GCSE in BSL will be transformative in terms of recognition and understanding of the language, as well as the ability to use it. Signature is the only business developing this product and with 30 years’ experience of developing qualifications, and are well prepared to produce a GCSE fit for purpose. Signature have done the ground work and will enter the secondary education market for the first time. Signature started campaigning and gathering intelligence five years ago and have started to gather funding but need more.


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Give me BSL: How to watch signed programmes on BBC iPlayer

Did you know that there are on average 82 programmes available to watch NOW on BBC iPlayer which are signed?  This includes some of the CBeebies and CBBC favourites as well as the brilliant BBC wildlife/nature programmes, which the whole family can enjoy together.

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We’ve backed Drip Media’s proposal to CBBC for daily signed CBBC Newsround bulletins!

Click here to sign the petition

Deaf Parents Deaf Children have endorsed Drip Media’s proposal to CBBC to produce signed versions of it’s daily Newsround bulletins.  The lack of access to the news for deaf children who communicate in BSL is depressing.  Access to the news in BSL should be a fundamental right for deaf children who communicate in BSL.

Appropriately qualified and skilled interpreters is not guaranteed in schools across the country because of all the cuts that are taking place, hence the NDCS Stolen Futures Campaign.  If CBBC agree to have the news delivered by qualified BSL signers, it will ensure all deaf children who communicate in BSL have consistent access to the news every day!  Hearing children and siblings who are learning BSL will also benefit from being exposed to sign language on a daily basis – they will learn new signs which will enable them to discuss current affairs with their deaf classmates or siblings.

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A list of all the Deaf Parents Deaf Children workshop discussions.

At the most recent Deaf Parents Deaf Children workshop in Derby, all the parents discussed and debated issues relating to being a parent of a deaf child.  All the parents present were invited to put forward a list of topics or questions that they wanted to discuss with the rest of the group. We have listed all the discussions from the workshop to allow the conversation to continue online. If you have further advice, questions, resources or information we would love it if you could share this with us in the comments section beneath the discussions. Thanks!

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The British Deaf Association grants Deaf Parents Deaf Children £1500!

British Deaf Association
We are delighted to announced that the British Deaf Association has given Deaf Parents Deaf Children an amazing grant of £1500. This grant will enable us to increase the number of workshops and activity events we can organise this year.  From us all at Deaf Parents Deaf Children, thank you!  We look forward to working with and supporting the BDA.

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