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All the latest activities
We have just updated our activities page with all the amazing things we have planned right up to Christmas. There is something for kids of all ages and most events are free to attend. Check it out here.
We want YOU!!
We are always looking for new members. Our group is for children with hearing loss of all levels and all types. We cater for children of all ages and we are an very inclusive group. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in joining us.
Please get in touch to find out more:
Telephone: Call Katie on 07872 664 995 or Jodie on 07817 531 430
Online: Twitter @WiganLeighDCS or find us on Facebook.
Exciting Event for our 8 to 16 year olds. Places limited - Book Soon
Youth challenge day for 8 to 16 year olds. The day includes team challenges, multi sport activities and the chance to get arty. Its a North West of England event so why not come along and meet new friends and have a great day? The event is free but places are limited so please get in touch if you want to come along.
Lorraine "Super Gran" O'Reilly sky dives for Wigan and Leigh DCS
On Saturday, 14 September Lorraine O'Reilly jumped from a plane over Galway in Ireland. She was accompanied by Niamh Kellett and between them they raised an amazing total of over £2,000 in sponsorship. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Lorraine or Niamh.
Have you noticed our donations button is working?
We are very pleased that after many months of waiting we have finally got our charity registration. One of the many benefits of this is we can now use online fundraising. You can make a donation or sponsor one of our fundraisers using MyDonate. Check out the fundraising page for the latest information on who is fundraising for our group.
If you would like to raise some funds for us it is very easy. All you have to do is set up a fundraising page on MyDonate and link it to us. If you need any help to get set up just let us know.
We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully registered with the Charity Commission. Our registered charity number is 1153578. It has taken a lot of hard work and effort from our trustees, volunteers and members to get to this stage. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way.
Becoming a registered charity is just the start for us. We have big plans for the future so watch this space!
Support to learn British Sign Language
We are delighted to announce we can give five people from our members group the chance to learn British sign language level 1. We are offering to pay 50% of the course cost. Please get in touch to apply. Contact via email email@example.com
Our camp night was a big success
Our Camp Night on Saturday, 31 August was a great success. We had 22 families at come along to enjoy the day and night and Wrightington Charity Farm & Campsite. A big thanks to Genie Networks who came along and put on craft activities, a bug hunt and even a bear hunt!
We then had sports activities like football, tenis and fun races - many thanks to Sarah, Fred and Catherine. We finished off the day with a delicious barbecue and then a sing-song around the camp fire.
What a day!
What a night!
Cannot wait until next year!!!
Update: The event was covered by the Wigan Evening News. One of our members (Kayden) was pictured on the front page and the paper included a two page spread of photos from the day.
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Circus Skills Fun Day on Saturday, 8 June
We had a great day at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Orrell on Saturday. The kids had a great time. WE had face painting, juggling, making clown hats and lots more. We also had a great show from Louby Lou who entertained the kids all day long.
Thanks to everyone who came along. And a very special thanks to Genie Networks and all their volunteers for putting on the day for us. We really appreciate your hard work and effort to make the day a great success.
The circus skills was covered by the Wigan Evening Post on Tuesday with a double page spread and lots of photos of the kids.
Wigan Town Centre Success
Thanks to eveyone who came along to help out on Saturday. It was a really successful day on two fronts. We raised a really impressive amount of £820 and we also did a lot to raise awareness of the group with local people. Thanks in particular must go to Batman and Robin (Richard and Sarah Folksman) and Shrek and Princess Fiona (Jodie Telford) who all the kids loved.
Dragon's Den Success
An enormous thank you to Wigan Rotary Club who awarded £500 to Wigan and Leigh Deaf Children's Scoiety at their Dragon's Den event on Wednesday, 23 May 2013. Our dynamic duo Katie and Jodie (Chair and Vice Chair) presented our case to the Dragons along with seven other local groups and charities. Thanks to all the group members who came along to show their support.
Our first activities
We held the first of our regular activities on Friday, 17 May and Saturday, 18 May. On the Friday our older group had a great time bowling at Wigan Bowl. And on Saturday we had our first Stay and Play at Bizee Kidz in Pemberton. You can see photos of the Stay and Play on our facebook page. Unfortunately the bowling photos didn't come out too well!
Our older group will be going to the cinema on Friday, 28 June. And the next Stay and Play is on Saturday, 22 June. If you would like to come along please get in touch. Our email is WiganLeighDCS@outlook.com.
Our vice chair Jodie Telford appeared on Granada Reports on Monday, 6 May to talk about her family's experience when they found out her son Kayden was deaf. Jodie was also able to spread the word about our group. You can see the video report here.
We have asked ITV to provide a subtitled version on their website which they are going to try and do. In the meantime they have added a transcript of the interview to the page.