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Deaf Awareness Week 

Issue 27 Spring 2019

Following a successful fundraising event last year, Milbrook Primary have chosen to hold an annual cake sale as part of Deaf Awareness week. Once again Eisa and Emily helped organise the fundraising event and thoroughly enjoyed selling the cakes on behalf of the charity. This year they raised just over £250! Thank you to all the staff and pupils at Milbrook Primary.

Primary Art and Craft Day

Issue 27 Spring 2019

It was lovely to spend time with the children who attended the Primary Day. They thoroughly enjoyed the day, playing co-operative games, creating a 3 dimensional town and making the most beautiful bowls out of clay. The children worked extremely hard and were very proud of their efforts. The day was hugely important in enabling the children to spend time together, getting to know each other as hearing aid wearers. 

Book signing with Julia Donaldson

Issue 27 Spring 2019

Effie met Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo at a book signing at Button and Bear bookshop in Shrewsbury. She was there to celebrate independent book shops. Julia’s husband was there and he was playing the guitar and singing songs whilst Julia signed books. Effie was a little shy but she showed Julia her implants and Julia showed Effie her hearing aids. Effie said she really liked Freddy and the Fairy because it rhymed and the fairy had hearing aids. They looked at the fairy in the book together to see her hearing aids. Julia also told Effie about other books such as ‘What the Jackdaw Saw’ which uses sign. Julia sang a song about the Gruffalo with her husband and Effie stood at the front and did the actions with her. Julia kindly signed a copy of Freddy and the Fairy for Effie too. A very special day.

Bowling Night a Hit with Families

Issue 27 Spring 2019

Among the most important activities funded by the SDCS are the family orientated social gatherings, such as our occasional visits to AMF Bowling in Shrewsbury.  It has been a while since our last outing to this venue, so our visit in April was most welcome. 

Bowling is a great leveller, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and often the least expected person will come out on top at the end of the game.  It was great to see so many families meeting and mixing while having fun at the same time.  It is so important for the deaf youngsters to interact with each other, as well as with their hearing siblings and friends.

Events such as this provide opportunities to build new friendships and rekindle old ones. It is equally important for parents to get the opportunity to share experiences and provide support to each other. As a family, all of this was all true for us on the night.  My son had the opportunity to meet up with a friend he had first encountered on an SDCS funded outdoor pursuits course, to find out that they were now both passionate mountain bikers.


During the evening they had ample opportunity to exchange biking stories, while the adults also had a chance to catch up and share experiences since we last met.


The game was fun and despite all of us being competitive we had one runaway winner.  In the end though the game was incidental to the social interaction and the overall enjoyment of the event. Looking around at the other lanes this appeared to be the experience of all the other families who attended.


The next opportunity for families to get together again will be the Family Fun Day on Sunday 22nd September, and I hope that many of you will be able to come along to this. 

Ian Barrett 

Chair SDCS 

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