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  • Connect with others through events, workshops, campaigns and our NEW online forum, Your Community
  • Discover information and insights in our resource hub and receive the latest updates via email and Families magazine
  • Access one-to-one support and tailored services which help reduce barriers for deaf children
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Events for deaf children and young people

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Online events and activities

We're running new online events for deaf young people to stay connected, find out what we have coming up.

Upcoming events

Signed Songs

Your child can try something new this summer such as learning how to sign popular songs at one of our free online events.

Bake off goes digital!

Join us and other deaf young people for an online bake off from your own kitchen.

BSL yoga class

Kids can experience the joy of yoga in our free online class.

Become pen pals with other deaf children and young people

Our new pen pals initiative aims to support deaf children and young people (ages 8-18) to keep in touch and make new friends. Those who take part will be matched with another young person of a similar age, interests, and communication preferences. As pen pals, they can write letters (or record videos in BSL) to each other, giving them a chance to ask questions and get to know one another.

By taking part, deaf children and young people can:

  • create and maintain new friendships
  • reduce feelings of isolation and improve mental wellbeing
  • develop and build their communication skills.

How it works

Initially, we’ll be running the project remotely through email due to the current COVID-19 situation. However, participants can still write a letter and send it as a photo via email. This way they can still personalise and get creative with their letters!

How to get involved

The project is open for all deaf children and young people aged 8-18. All they need to take part is a parent or carer email address.

For more information, please email us 

Applications have now closed. Please check back soon as we'll be launching a second round of applications.

Become a Young Member!

Are you aged 16 ? Sign up to become a young member - it’s free and you can get lots of information and support. By joining you’ll get:

  • opportunities to meet other deaf young people and learn new skills at our events
  • news about volunteering roles with us and through external organisations
  • the chance to borrow and try out equipment at home for free through our Technology Test Drive Loan Service
  • a regular e-newsletter with tips and opportunities to campaign for change
  • your free online copy of our members' magazine, Families, with inspirational real-life stories from deaf young people, news, reviews, event listings and loads more.

Have questions or need any help? You can email our children and young people team or our membership team.

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 us.

Statement of Purpose 2020
Scotland inspection report
Scotland duty of candour report
Ofsted report
Ofsted report - children's summary