Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB)

Do you work with deaf young people aged 11 – 18 years?

Exciting times are here for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) as we launch applications for our fourth Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB). 

Make a difference

The NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board was set up in 2011 to directly shape and guide the services that NDCS delivers. It offers an exciting opportunity for young people to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and make a difference.

Former YAB member Rebekah, 14, says:

“I joined the YAB so I can help deaf people get access and remove the barriers they face. I also joined to help me feel more confident, to meet new people and make friends”.

The next YAB

The next YAB will be made up of 18 young people from across the UK and will meet at four residential weekends between December 2015 and June 2017.

Board members will be supported to discuss the issues affecting deaf young people and will cover topics such as health, education, leisure and social activities.

Young people’s travel expenses, food and communication requirements (interpreters, palantypists etc) will be covered by NDCS.

How to apply

If you know a young person who you think would be interested please encourage them to apply. Applications are open from Monday 7 September- Sunday 11 October 2015.

If shortlisted, young people will be invited to attend an informal interview in one of five UK locations most convenient to them.

Full information about the YAB and a downloadable application pack can be found on the NDCS Buzz website: www.buzz.org.uk/jointheyab.

If you have any questions or want further information about this opportunity please contact the NDCS Participation Team on cyp@ndcs.org.uk or call 0207 014 1130 (voice).

Young people from socially vulnerable backgrounds

To reflect the wide ranging experiences of deaf young people, four places on the YAB will be held for young people from socially vulnerable backgrounds.

If you know a young person who is from a socially vulnerable background and might benefit from a priority place on the YAB, please contact Emma.Williams-Daly@ndcs.org.uk.

I joined the YAB so I can help deaf people get access and remove the barriers they face. I also joined to help me feel more confident, to meet new people and make friends.

[Former YAB member, Rebekah, 14]