May News Bulletin

Written by Megan

June 6, 2023

It has been a busy month for us here at FCDC, take a look at what we have been up to…

Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Information Day ℹ️

At the beginning of May came Deaf Awareness week. We attended the Centre for Deaf and Heard of Hearing information day, along with 30 other organisations/services. This was a great opportunity for anyone to come along and find out more about the services available. We set up our stall with photos from FCDC, information and our lending library. There were also free BSL taster sessions throughout the day. It was a great turnout, with approximately 200 visitors and stall holders attending! It was really lovely to meet new and old faces of FCDC.

KS3/4 Jungle Rumble & TGI Fridays ⛳️

We then had our monthly meet up with our KS3/4 youth group. We met at Jungle rumble for a few games of mini golf. Everyone took it in turns to try and get the lowest score possible to win. There was lots of healthy competition and plenty of opportunities to try and get to the top of the leader board. After playing some golf we walked over to TGI Fridays for some food and a drink. The young people ordered their own meals, and caught up over a game of Arrowword.

Bannerman Road stay and play 🛝

We then headed over to Bannerman Road Children’s Centre in Easton. With the help of Sensory Support services, we have recently started outreach stay & plays in the Easton and Bath area to ensure that all families have the same access to services/support network. The children spent their morning playing outside in the sunshine building sandcastles, meeting ‘dolls like me’ and riding around the garden on the bikes. We all sat down for a snack before joining in with singing/signing our goodbye song with the families.

Morning at the farm 🐖

We had lots of fun at Lawrence Weston community farm, visiting the animals they have there. We met two big Pigs, Chickens, Goats, Sheep, Ducks, Rabbits and Guinea pigs. The children and adults also took turns in feeding the very hungry goats. We had a wonder around the farms large woodland where we found a river, dens made of sticks and their own orchard. There was an outside soft play area for the children to play in, whilst we finished off our morning with some tea & coffee and snacks for the children.

Bath stay and play ⛪️

We then headed over to New Oriel Hall in Bath. With the help of Sensory Support services, we have recently started outreach stay & plays in the Bath and Easton area to ensure that all families have the same access to services/support networks. The community hall was filled with a teddy bear picnic, ‘dolls like me’ and a race track for the cars. We read through the hungry caterpillar book with the children, and they were also able to meet the butterflies that have been growing in their cocoons over at Acorns. We were joined by members of sensory support that were able to provide professional support and any information to the parents if they wanted.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf people Visit 🦮

We finished of May with a visit from the Hearing Dogs for Deaf people charity. Gus the Labrador was joined by his owner Helen. Along with Graham and Sandra who were volunteers for the charity. They informed our families about what they do and the importance of Hearing dogs for Deaf people. They showed how Gus works, how he would wake up his owner, alarm her if the doorbell went off, and how he was educated to sounds around her workplace. The children/adults enjoyed meeting Gus and asked lots of questions. The Morning also included puppy crafts, catch ups with other families and of course, tea and cake!

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