7th October 2011
Every year the National Deaf Children's Society organises a series of fun days across the country to bring together families with deaf children. In Nottingham this year's event was held at White Post farm on Saturday 17th September and included stalls and information by the Nottinghamshire Deaf Children's Society. Here Katherine Hill from NDCS tells us about what took place.
"The previous day had been a lovely sunny one, so I was a bit disappointed to see that it was drizzling when I woke up on Saturday morning, but by the time we arrived at White Post Farm the wind had mostly blown the rain clouds away.
"The setup was great - NDCS had a whole field adjacent to the main White Post Farm site and had a bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, a climbing wall and even a laser quest tent. A graffiti artist was also on hand - writing the kids' names on hats, bags and signs - and the kids were using fabric paints to colour them in.
"NDCS members came directly in to the NDCS field from the car park, but from there they could go straight into White Post Farm, without having to go back to the main entrance.
"At 11 o'clock the doors opened and people started to arrive. There was a steady stream of families coming through the information area (helped no doubt by the face painting and craft activities on hand).
"I chatted, handed out leaflets and encouraged people to fill out membership forms for our group. My son, Ben, who's 7 and profoundly deaf, went on the bouncy castle and had several games of laser quest, before venturing off to check out the rest of White Post Farm with his Dad.
"At one o'clock I took a break for lunch and met up with other members from our group to eat sandwiches in Ned the Ted's picnic area.
"In the afternoon the stream of people slowed down a bit as families drifted off to enjoy the activities at White Post Farm, so then I had a chance to chat to some of the other exhibitors in the information area – reps from other local groups at Grantham and Peterborough, and people from schools for the Deaf, specialist book companies and hearing dogs for the deaf, not to mention NDCS staff. It was really interesting and quite informative.
"By 4 o'clock it was time to pack up. It was quite sad to see the bouncy castles going down. But once our stall was packed up we still had time to go for another quick walk round White Post Farm, and I got to feed the goats and the sheep before it was time to go home."
To find out more about Nottinghamshire Deaf Children's Society, including future fun days, visit http://www.nottsdcs.org