Our group was established by parents who have children with a hearing loss over 25 years ago. It is still run by volunteer parents today.
We organise fun events, provide a great network of families, hold fund raisers and offer information and support, to children who are deaf or have a hearing loss and their families in the Swindon & North Wiltshire area through our free membership scheme.
We also work closely with audiology and other professional organisations involved in the day to day care of our children.
Deaf children are vulnerable to isolation, bullying and poor self-esteem
Deafness is not a learning disability
1,600 babies are born deaf in the UK every year
We warmly welcome all parents, family members, volunteers & professionals working with deaf children to join our local Group.
Membership is FREE - Simply fill out the membership form by clicking on the link below and ensure you OPT IN to receive emails.
Local groups are affiliated to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - The NDCS Helpline is a valued service they offer to families for support & advice. To access this service call the NDCS Helpline on 0808 800 8880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out what we have planned for 2019, visit our events page. To attend our events you must be a member and have OPTED IN to receive emails, so we can send you the invitations - Looking forward to meeting you all.
Mayor of Swindon 2019/20: The DCS is honoured to have been chosen alongside CALM (Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Movement) as the two supported charities, with all funds raised split 50/50. The fundraising committee has been super busy, with lots of fundraisers planned. For more information click here to visit our dedicated web page. For the latest updates visit the Mayor of Swindon 2019/2020 Facebook page.
The Swindon Hearing Support Team have moved! - They are now located at Dorcan Academy, St Paul’s Drive, Swindon SN3 5DA. For full details including new contact details for members of the team please view the December 2018 Swindon HST newsletter here.
Expert Parent Programme- Would you like to gain a better understanding of NHS systems and knowledge of your child's rights to access activities, community facilities and other services? The Council for Disabled Children offers an excellent online programme which provides useful guidance and advice on how to get the best for your child. To access their website please click here.
Funded Swimming lessons- Does your child struggle with swimming? Do they understand what the teacher is saying? Do they lack confidence in the water? If the answer is yes,and you would like your child to learn to swim there is a opportunity to apply for funded swimming lessons if your child is aged 4 years and older. Vicky Hunt, fully qualified swimming teacher with BSL, runs sessions at Dorcan and Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon and is looking for deaf children to support and encourage their development in the water. For more information and to apply visit www.levelwater.org
Make a donation to Swindon and North Wilts
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