NDCS: The National Deaf Children's Society

Local group toolkit

Handy hints and tips to help you run your group! 

In this section

We have lots of useful information and guidance to help you run your group effectively. Our resources are easy to read and provide some quick top tips to save you time and worry!

Getting started

If you're thinking about setting up a local group or have recently affiliated to NDCS, find out how you can get your group started!

Running a group

Running a group is rewarding and good fun but it requires effort, enthusiasm and time. Make sure you know about all our day to day support tools available to help you run your group.

Grants for groups

NDCS have three grants available to affiliated local groups. All new groups are eligible to apply for the start up grant and those groups who face challenges can apply for our booster grant. There is an annual grant scheme open summer- Christmas for funding up to £500.

Your committee

The secret to a sustainable, happy and effective group is a strong committee. Read our new 'Good committee guides' to help you work together to understand your roles and maximise your potential.

Child protection

All local groups must ensure they are actively protecting and safeguarding children. Find out how to recruit volunteers safely, arrange criminal record checks and what to do if you have concerns. 

Promoting your group

There are lots of ways you can promote your group and we have some useful things to help you spread the word. From free posters to amendable leaflets, social media tips to personalised t-shirts find out how we can help.

Supporting deaf children and young people

Make sure your local group places deaf children and young people at the heart of what it does. Find out how to support, engage and involve them effectively.

Running events and activities

Most local groups run regular events and activities. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get organised and read this section to ensure your events are safe and enjoyable.


Find out how your local group could take action to save and protect services for deaf children in your area.


Top tips, information and templates to help your group maximise its fundraising potential.

NDCS support for local groups

We are here to help! Find out how NDCS can help and support you to run your local group.