Family Programmes Events

Our free family events are a chance to meet other families, share experiences and get valuable information from professionals.

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Attending the event gave me the knowledge and confidence to support my daughter's needs and know how to meet them best through play and fun activities

Free events for families:

April 2017 – March 2018

Early Years Newly Diagnosed Information Days

Two day events for families with newly diagnosed Deaf Children aged 0–2 years

  • 13 & 14 May 2017 London 
  • 20 & 21 May 2017 Coventry
  • 03 & 04 June 2017 Cookstown, Northern Ireland
  • 10 & 11 June 2017 Taunton 
  • 23 & 24 September 2017 Manchester  
  • 30 & 01 October 2017 Reading
  • 21 & 22 October 2017 Cardiff 
  • 11 & 12 November 2017 Glasgow
  • 11 & 12 November 2017 Northampton
  • 03 & 04 February 2018 Cambridge 
  • 03 & 04 March 2018 Rotherham-Sheffield
  • 03 & 04 March 2018 Northern Ireland

Learning About Your Child's Deafness Information Days

Two day events for families with newly diagnosed Deaf Children aged 3–12 years

  • 01 & 02 July 2017 Sheffield
  • 18 & 19 November 2017 London

Starting School: Education Rights and Responsibilities

One day events for families with deaf children aged 2 - 4 years who are pre-school age and are looking or thinking about school options for their child

  •  06 May 2017 Leeds
  • 20 May 2017 Cambridge 
  • 16 September 2017 Glasgow, Scotland
  • 07 October 2017 London 
  • 14 October 2017 Birmingham
  • 04 November 2017 Cookstown, Northern Ireland  
  • 10 February 2018 Bristol
  • 10 March 2018 South-East

Starting School: Communication, Technology & Play

One day events for families with pre-school deaf children aged 2 - 4.

  •  17 June 2017 Cambridge
  • 08 July 2017 Nottingham 
  • 17 September 2017 Glasgow, Scotland 
  • 30 Sep 2017 Cookstown, Northern Ireland 
  • 05 November 2017 Manchester
  • 25 November 2017 Darlington
  • 27 January 2018 Birmingham
  • 11 February 2018 Bristol
  • 17 March 2018 London

View full details for all these events by visiting our  events list found on our What's on webpage.

How do I book?

Book onto the event you want to attend by downloading a booking form from the event's listing on our What's on webpage.

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Booking form for all family events (Bham address)

How do the family events work?

At all of our events, parents and family members will have the chance to meet and talk to other parents about their experiences. Workshops are led by a team of our staff and specialist sessions are led by professionals such as Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists and Audiologists.

Our Activity Coordinator will also be on hand to answer your questions and make sure you get the most out of the event.

Will there be accommodation available?

Unfortunately we are not able to provide accommodation at our Starting School Information Days so please make sure you book onto events nearest to where you live.

Accommodation can be provided if your travel time is more than one hour for our events that take place over two days. This includes the Newly Diagnosed  and Learning about your child's deafness Information Days. 

Attending local events is a great opportunity to develop connections with families in your area and ensures that the information you’ll take away, like updates on local support services, will be relevant to your child.

My child has additional complex needs as well as their deafness – can we attend one of the information days/early years events?

Yes you will still be able to attend the events but we ask that all parents/carers take full responsibility for undertaking invasive medical procedures and administrating medication whilst their child is in the approved crèche. This includes tube feeding, suctioning, injections, changing of catheters, stoma care and the administering of any medications (with the exception of emergency medications such as epi pens required during the crèche opening hours).

In the event your child becomes distressed or requires support with an invasive medical procedure our staff and crèche staff will ask you to return to the crèche to support your child. This policy complies with new legislation around supporting disabled children at our events.

We cannot provide registered nurses at events.

Further information

Helpline: If you need any help filling in forms, or want to discuss your child's individual needs or request a paper copy of our events listings please contact our Helpline team.

Forum: If you'd like to speak to parents of deaf children about your newly identified deaf child visit our Parent Place forum.