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Events for children and young people

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Hold a fundraising cake sale, attend our Roadshow or one of our events: find out about all the opportunities we offer. 

We have a range of exciting events available - from one day events to week-long summer residentials. We offer water activities, climbing, sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, music and lots more.

You will:

  • Achieve and learn something new
  • Improve your communication
  • Gain in confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Make choices and decisions

Have a question about our events?

We've put together frequently asked questions about our events:

If you have any other questions, please e-mail events@ndcs.org.uk  

Weekend activities

Our weekend activities are for children and young people aged 8 –18. 

There are different types of weekend events such as:

  • Get Creative 11–15: usually involving, music, drama, dance, indoor or outdoor arts & crafts
  • Multi-Activity 11–15: usually a mix of outdoor adventure activities, possibly sports and creative activities
  • Alternative Weekend 14–18  usually involving something out of the usual such as camping, alternative sports, and learning about future opportunities.

Upcoming events

Super Sports Weekend – Largs, Scotland, 18-20 October 2019

Address: National Sports Training Centre, Largs, Scotland, KA30 8RW

An exciting event for deaf young people aged 8–13. The young people can try out lots of sports while making friends and building confidence. Our friendly team will help ensure the young people are safe, happy and achieving.

Contact: megan.lindsay@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 2 August 2019

Apply now

Winter Weekend – Nethybridge, Scotland, 7–9 February 2020

Address: Abernethy Nethybridge, near Aviemore, PH25 3ED

An exciting event for deaf young people aged 14–18. It's a weekend full of exciting activities including skiing and swimming. Our friendly team will help ensure the young people are safe, happy and achieving.

Contact: megan.lindsay@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 22 November 2019

Apply now

Want to find out more?

If you are 8–15, you can get a parent/carer to contact us on events@ndcs.org.uk or telephone 0121 234 9832.

If you are 16–18, you can either get your parent/carer to contact us or contact us yourself.

One day events - Scotland

We have two types of one day events:

  • Sports events - these usually involve a range of activities that may include climbing, archery, and multisport games
  • Creative events - such as arts and crafts, drama, fashion, music and dance

Upcoming events

 

Deaf Friendly Watersports & Cycling – Lochwinnoch, 3 August 2019, 11am.

Castle Semple Country Park, Lochwinnoch. PA12 4EA

In partnership with Scottish Disability Sport we are holding a Deaf Friendly Swimming, Come Try Day for watersports and cycling!  Deaf young people 10yrs and above have the chance to try: canoeing, sailing, kayaking, power boating, bell boating & cycling. 

Come and experience different sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment with help from fully qualified deaf-aware instructors.

Communication support will be provided and siblings are welcome.

For an application form contact: Eleanor Connelly, Swimming Development Officer: swimming@ndcs.org.uk or 0141 354 7860

 

Deaf Friendly Surfing – Sandend, 24 August 2019, 2pm.

Suds Surf School, Sandend, Banff AB45 2UB

We are holding a Deaf Friendly Swimming, Come Try Day for surfing!  Deaf young people aged 8 yrs and above have the chance to try surfing in a safe, fun and supportive environment with help from fully qualified deaf-aware instructors.

Communication support will be provided and siblings are welcome.

This event is NOT suitable for non-swimmers. Young people need to be water confident and MUST be able to swim 25m to take part in this session.

For an application form contact: Eleanor Connelly, Swimming Development Officer: swimming@ndcs.org.uk or 0141 354 7860

 

Want to find out more about future events?

You can get a parent/carer to contact us on ndcsscotland@ndcs.org.uk

Week long residentials

We host residential events for deaf children and young people aged 8–18.

Upcoming events

South Downs Summer Adventure – East Sussex, 59 August 2019

Address: YHA South Downs, Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

This exciting event is for deaf young people aged 8–15. The young people will get to make some new friends, build confidence and try some exciting activities. Activities may include climbing, ropes course and canoeing. Our friendly team of staff will look after them and help support them to have a great experience. 

Contact: joanna.wanmer@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 31 May 2019

Apply now

Summer Outdoor Adventure in Devon – Okehampton, 1923 August 2019

Address: YHA Bracken Tor, Saxon Gate, Okehampton, EX20 1QW

This exciting event is for deaf young people aged 8–15. The young people will get to make some new friends, build confidence and try some exciting activities. Activities may include high ropes, mountain boarding, bush craft, gorge walk, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and raft building. Our friendly team of staff will look after them and help support them to have a great experience. 

Contact: claire.berwick@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: The closing date for this event has gone. Please contact Claire directly to see if there are any places. If the event is full you can still apply and be added to the waitlist. 

Click here to apply online

Journey to Independence – West Midlands
28 October-1 November 2019

Address: Bell Heath Outdoor Elements, Quantry Lane, Belbroughton, Worcestershire, DY9 9UU 

This exciting event is for deaf young people aged 14–18.

During the week the young people will get to learn new skills, and gain confidence whilst taking part in transition based workshops such as:
• Full day First Aid course
• Cooking with Yumma Food*
• Challenging outdoor activities such as day hike, high ropes course and team games
• Meet new friends, and share experiences!
*delivered by See Hear presenter Yvonne Cobb

Our friendly team of staff will look after them and help support them to have a great experience. 

Contact: sally.mcnamara@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: EXTENDED TO Friday 23 August 2019

Apply now

Want to find out more?

You can get a parent/carer to contact us on events@ndcs.org.uk or call 0121 234 9832.

First time away weekends

First time away weekends are for children aged 8–12.

They are lots of fun and include water activities, climbing, playing sports, doing arts and crafts, dance, drama, music and lots more.

Upcoming events

We don't have any of these events confirmed right now - email the events team for more information

First Time Away Weekend, West Midlands, 14-15 March 2020

Address: Bell Heath Outdoor Element, Quantry Lane, Belbroughton, Stourbridge DY9 9UU

If you're child has never been away with NDCD before, but is ready to start their residential event journey with us, then this is a perfect event for them.

Our First Time Away weekend is a one night event for deaf children and young people aged 8-12, which will give them an opportunity to meet new friends, be away from home and take part in fun outdoor activities (ropes course, team games and potentially some canoeing - weather permitting) to help them grow in confidence.

Contact: sally.mcnamara@ndcs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 27 January 2020

Apply now

Want to find out more?

You can get a parent/carer to contact us on events@ndcs.org.uk or telephone 0121 234 9832.

Roadshow

Could your school and friends benefit from better deaf awareness?

Would you like to have someone visit your school so you can learn first-hand about the latest technology for you? Want to understand more about your deafness and how to plan for your future?

Our Roadshow team travels all over the UK visiting schools and youth groups in a bus kitted out in the latest technology. Here's what it looks like:

Our Roadshow team have visited lots of schools to share deaf awareness information, equipment such as vibrating alarm clocks, Bluetooth neckloops to use with your phone and tablets - and lots more. Sometimes they even bring special guest along.

Want the Roadshow Bus to visit your school? Send us an email and let us know.

Fundraising

What's fundraising?

Have you been to one of our events? Borrowed some cool technology from us? Got some helpful information and support from us?

We want other deaf young people to be able to do all these things - and more too. We can only do this if we raise enough money. There are so many ways to fundraise for us and have a great time too.

How about teaching your friends to be more deaf aware or doing a fun run in fancy dress? You could organise a signed song performance or hold a sponsored silence.

Or you can come up with your own ideas: just think about your favourite hobbies and activities. There are lots of ways for you, your friends, or family to do something different and help raise money for the National Deaf Children's Society.

Need some ideas? Here are some suggestions…

Remember, we can give you tips and support you with your fundraising. We can help you with ideas to plan your activity and where best to do your fundraising - at home, school or in your local community. 

Just drop us an email.

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Inspection reports

Our residential youth activity is regulated under Ofsted (England) and the Care Inspectorate (Scotland). We adopt the highest expectations from both boards across the UK for all of our events.

We are pleased to report that at our last inspections we received the rating of 'good' from Ofsted (March 2019) and 'very good' from the Care Inspectorate (November 2017).

Please see below for our latest Inspection reports.

If you have any questions regarding our inspections, please email events@ndcs.org.uk.