CONTACT / MEET US
Dorset Deaf Children's Society has eleven trustees who work as volunteers and give up their spare time to run the charity and organise events. We thought it would be nice for all our members to know a little bit about us all and be able to put names to faces!
I am married to Lisa and we have two children Jodie & Madeline and two world famous performing dogs, Hazel & Bramble! Jodie has normal hearing but at the age of six Madeline suddenly became profoundly deaf in one ear and moderately deaf in her other. This was naturally an extremely difficult time for the whole family and would have been much harder without the support from family and friends and of course the DDCS, so I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to repay that support and hopefully help other families. I am a partner in a firm of financial advisers, Strategic Solutions and we have been donating to DDCS for several years now, because it is a fantastic charity and because all the money raised went straight to the benefit of those who needed it. I am absolutely honoured to take on the role as Chairman of the Dorset Deaf Children’s Society.
15 Heather Road, Bournemouth,
My name is Nicola I am married to Adam and we have 3 beautiful children, Felix, Evie and Phoebe. Evie was diagnosed with a moderate to severe sensorineural bi lateral hearing loss through the Newborn Hearing test. She was fitted with hearing aids at around 10 weeks. We met Shirley soon after, at the local Parents Support Group, and became members of DDCS. Evie is now 6 and doing well both socially and at school. Having received such fantastic support from DDCS I was keen to give back and was delighted to have the opportunity to become a Trustee. I am also a parent representative of the Children’s Hearing Services Working Group and I am currently learning BSL Level 1.
Membership Secretary and Vice Chairperson
9 Oakland Walk,
West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8PF
I have three children Kelly, Tom and Jamie, both the boys and my husband, Charlie, are hearing impaired. I have been involved with the DDCS since 1992 when Tom was diagnosed at the age of 3 and I joined the trustees as I wanted to give something back for the support and help we had received. In later years I took on the roles of Treasurer and Membership Secretary. I also represent parents as a member of the Children’s Hearing Services Working Group. I work as an Administrator/PA for four companies and in my spare time I am a bit of a football and cricket fan as both the boy’s play. I love being involved with the DDCS, meeting parents and children, and I hope in a small way I can contribute to helping families. You will quite often see me running around with my clipboard helping to organise some of the activities or with a silly hat on at the Christmas party!
Child Protection Officer
I am a qualified Dental Nurse. I am married to Martin and have two gorgeous boys. Alfie and Owen. Owen was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss when he was 5 weeks old. After investigation we were advised his deafness was genetic. This came as a big shock to us both. Shirley at the DDCS was the first person i contacted for support. She was fantastic and made me aware that we were not alone. The support we have all received as a family from the DDCS has made such a difference. Owen wore hearing Aids from 6 weeks old but received no proven benefit from them. Just after his first birthday he received bilateral cochlear implants. I am pleased to report he is making good progress with them and amazes me everyday. I look forward to becoming more involved with the DDCS.
I live with my husband, Martin, and two children, Emily and Jack on our family dairy farm near Hooke. Our daughter was born profoundly deaf and communicated using sign language until she had her cochlear implant, when she was 3 years old. I work at Kingston Maurward College as a signing teaching assistant, supporting deaf children on a 1:1 basis in all aspects of their learning. It is a very rewarding job, which makes excellent use of both my signing and teaching qualifications. As a family we have benefited greatly from being members of DDCS and being a committee member gives me the opportunity to give something back.
My name is Krystian Daraszkiewicz, I am married to Joanna and we have two children Oliver and Liliana. We are originally a family from Poland but last few years we change our home for Bournemouth.
I am a chef with years of experience in Poland and now work in the UK. I love baking and desserts.
Our children were born in England. Liliana is our second child and she was born profoundly deaf and now she has bilateral cochlear implants. In the first days after Lili was diagnosed we met Shirley from DDCS. These were difficult times for us without family and support here and Shirley and DDCS were very helpful.
At events organized by the DDCS we had the opportunity to talk with other parents who understand our problems. Joining up with the DDCS for me was something natural and obvious. I joined the committee in 2013 and hope now is the time I can somehow help other families.
I live in Poole and I have two children, Megan and Harry, who are both hearing impaired and wear hearing aids. Their father is profoundly deaf as a result of Meningitis when he was 9 months old and he communicates with sign language and I am also hearing impaired and wear hearing aids. My family including my Mum, two Sisters, Nana and Aunty are also hearing impaired. We joined Dorset Deaf Children’s Society when Megan was a baby in 2005 and I decided to become a Trustee so I can help and support other families. I would like to thank Shirley and DDCS members for all your support over the years and for really understanding what we were going through and I have made a lot of great friends!
I have always been a keen volunteer, volunteering at a primary school for a period of 7 years. I then studied to become a Teaching Assistant which lead me to the job I am in at present, working in a primary school as an SEN 1:1 along side a pupil on the autistic spectrum. Here I also help to run a cookery club as an extra curricular activity. I decided my next step would be to learn BSL as it was something I always wanted to do, I'm currently studying level 2. I plan to train up to level 6 and develop a career in this field working along side children. My interests include playing the clarinet, running, kayaking and baking. I see myself as a determined and kind hearted person who wants to commit to a new challenge, to help others and gain experience. I very much look forward to getting involved.
My name is Lucy and I am Mum to Olivia and Jacob, who were both born profoundly deaf. They both received Cochlear Implants soon before their first birthdays. The time around their initial diagnosis, (Olivia's especially), was a very difficult time for us as a family. We received a lot of support and information from the DDCS and soon became members. Through the DDCS events we were able to meet other families in similar situations and it was so great to chat to them and also meet the other children. I'm looking forward to taking on the role of Trustee and giving some time back to the charity.
I live in Christchurch and I am Mum to Poppy who was born profoundly deaf. Poppy received bilateral cochlear implants when she was 11 months old and continues to make fantastic progress with them. Poppy attends mainstream school and has many hobbies such as: gymnastics, ballet, karate, swimming and even singing! When Poppy was initially diagnosed it was quite a shock. After meeting Shirley at the DDCS and talking to other members and sharing our experiences I didn’t feel so isolated. I decided to become a trustee as I know how hard those first few weeks can be and now feel like I’m in a position to help and support other families and give something back. I am currently learning BSL level 1 and work as a Teaching Assistant in a local infant school. My ambition is to train as a teacher then specialise in working with hearing impaired children.
My name is Pat and I live in Poole and I am Mum to two grown up children, Carly and Leigh and Nana to Isabella and Elizabeth. I have just retired after working for the Hearing Support Service for the last twenty six years as a specialist teaching assistant. I am a B.S.L Level 2 signer and supported children from primary age up to the Senior Schools. My interests are swimming, gardening, reading and my favourite is playing with my grandchildren. I decided to become a Trustee for the Dorset Deaf Children Society so I could continue helping and supporting children and their families.