Are you a parent?
Would you like your child to be involved in an activity, club*, group outside of school?
Is your child already involved in an activity, club or group and you think they need some support to be fully included?
We can help you. See below for the different stages.
You can also have a look to see what we do for Arts, Leisure and Sports organisations and learn more about the activities we support on the following pages:
- Stage 1 - Finding a club or activity provider
- Stage 2 - Getting involved in the club (enquiring, booking and joining the club)
- Stage 3 - Encouraging the club to sign up to the Deaf-Friendly Activities Pledge / asking NDCS to support
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Find a deaf-friendly event or deaf-friendly club
- Deaf-friendly party games
There are three stages to your child getting involved in a club, group or activity.
Stage 1 – Find a club or activity provider
Stage 2 – Get involved in the club (enquiring, booking and joining the club)
Stage 3 – Encourage the club to sign up to the Deaf-Friendly Activities Pledge / ask NDCS Me2 deaf-friendly activities team to support
Me2 deaf-friendly activities supports clubs and activity providers to be deaf friendly.
What we can provide:
- Information and resource library to clubs on how to include deaf children
- Training on "Making activities deaf-friendly" (MADF)
- Sign up clubs to our Me2 deaf-friendly activities pledge
- Providing support to clubs via e mail, telephone or face-to-face
- Promote events to deaf children and their families
- Help clubs to find volunteers to support communication
- Provide support to clubs once your child is attending, has booked on or enquired about joining
What we cannot provide:
- Fully qualified BSL interpreters to support children in clubs
- Initial contact to clubs (however we can follow up with them once your child is attending, has booked on or enquired about joining)
- We cannot insist clubs to sign up or to be deaf-friendly
Stage 1 - Finding a club or activity provider
These clubs have pro-actively committed to supporting and welcoming deaf children. Many have received training on how to include your child and lots have deaf children already attending.
2 - There are thousands of clubs available which can be found through the following:
- Google search
- Local council website
- National organisations such as Girl Guiding UK, Scouts Association, Football Association have 'find a club' websites
- Other websites, such as Spogo,Days out with the kids and BBC Things to do
- Word of mouth (where do other classmates go to, ask family and friends for details of clubs near you)
*We use the term club to mean anyone who provides activities for children and young people. This could include club, youth organisation, activity provider or venue.
Stage 2 - Getting involved in the club (enquiring, booking and joining the club)
Lots of clubs are already inclusive and welcoming to deaf children. Leaders are often already willing to make adjustments to include your child.
- Contact the club to find out more - they may have worked with deaf children before or have experience of deafness.
- Arrange a visit to take your child along for a look around to find out more and to meet the leaders - this provides an opportunity to find out how inclusive they are.
Things you should make the leaders aware of:
- Your child's preferred communication method
- How the club can best support them (what has worked before)
- Any additional medical needs, support needs or additional needs that your child has
- This is the perfect time to tell the club about Me2 deaf-friendly activities and the additional support the NDCS can provide to support them. If you would like to request a pack to take with you, please contact us.
Stage 3 - Encouraging the club to sign up to the Deaf-Friendly Activities Pledge / asking NDCS to support
Once you have chosen a club and your child is attending or has arranged their first visit, this is when Me2 deaf-friendly activities can support.
Where possible we encourage clubs and leaders to contact us directly. Please do share our information and contact details with the club and ask them to contact us if they would like any information, advice, training or additional support.
If you are unsure if they have made contact or find it difficult to discuss this with them we can:
- Post out a pack of information for you to pass onto them
- Email you details about Me2 deaf-friendly activities for you to forward onto them
If you cannot make contact directly or if you are concerned about the clubs ability to include your child then provide us with the name, phone number and email address of the leader and we can make contact on your behalf.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find a deaf-friendly event or deaf-friendly club
Have a look at the Find deaf-friendly activities near you pages for details of clubs and organisations that have signed up to the deaf-friendly pledge in your area. Click the image below:
Deaf-friendly party games
The National Deaf Children's Society have some tips on including deaf children in party games and making party games deaf-friendly.
Have a look at the Tips for including deaf children in party games page.