All face to face activities have been put on hold due to COVID-19.

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Please visit our information and support section for resources and guidance.

With lots or running and challenge events cancelled or rescheduled, we've created some virtual challenge events for you to take on.

Read more about COVID-19 and support for deaf children.


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Northern Ireland

Photo: Our work in Northern Ireland

The National Deaf Children's Society provides support to deaf children and young people and their families in Northern Ireland.  We run events for families to help them at key points in their deaf child's life. And we work to influence the standard and quality of services they receive. With your support, we can create a powerful voice for change and demand a fair deal for every deaf child.

Find out more about our work in Northern Ireland and about local groups run by parents and carers of deaf children to give emotional and social support to families.

Contact the Northern Ireland team

Northern Ireland
You can contact the Northern Ireland team at:
The National Deaf Children's Society
The NICVA Building
61 Duncairn Gardens
BT15 2GB

Tel: 028 9035 2011 (v)
Email: [email protected]

Who's who at the National Deaf Children's Society

Alasdair O'Hara
Head of Policy and Influencing for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Joanne O'Donnell
Scotland and Northern Ireland Head of Operations

Paul Copeland
Business Manager: Scotland and Northern Ireland

Celine Heatley
Departmental Administrator

Barbara Wilson
Children and Families Support Officer – West NI

Janice Montgomery-Watkins
Children and Families support Officer – East NI

Heather Young
Family Children and Families’ Support Manager Scotland and Northern Ireland

Wendy Gallagher
Event Organiser

Paula Fulton
Language & Communication Officer

Helen Ferguson
Policy and Campaigns Officer

Amy New
Campaigns and Communications Assistant

Local groups in Northern Ireland

High Five Group (Armagh and Dungannon)
Email: [email protected]

P.A.N.D.A (Parents at North Down and Ards)
Email: [email protected]

Portadown and Lurgan - Sound Friends
Email: [email protected]

Hearing Hub (Newtownabbey)
Email: [email protected]

Listen hEAR (Saintfield)
Email: [email protected]

Hands and Voices (Omagh Deaf Children's Society)
Email: contact via [email protected]


Young Authors and Artists 2020

The Young Authors and Artists Project is an established and exciting element of our Northern Ireland Activity Programme.

Founded in the 1980s as an essay competition by the late Bob McCullough of the Belfast Telegraph, the competition continues to grow from strength to strength annually.

We aim for this competition to give deaf children and young people a platform to express themselves through the arts and to celebrate the creative achievements of deaf children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Find out more

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Landline: 0808 800 8880

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Our location

Our Address

The NICVA Building, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Tel: 028 9035 2011