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Campaigning for change

Photo: Take part in our campaigns for and about young deaf people

The NDCS Young People's Advisory Board has been going seven years, they exist to directly shape and guide the services we deliver. It offers an exciting opportunity for young people to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and make a difference. Each Board picks a campaign. Here is some information on them.

Current campaigns

Right to Sign

97% of young people we surveyed said they'd like to learn British Sign Language (BSL) in school.

Young people told us that learning BSL would help them communicate with their hearing friends.

The Right to Sign campaign is all about giving more young people a chance to learn British Sign Language (BSL). We’ve launched a petition to make BSL a GCSE and need your support – sign the petition now!

Want more information?

Read our Right to Sign short report. We also have more BSL information on the Buzz.

My Life, My Health

Many deaf young people find going to the doctors on their own really difficult.

  • Do you find booking appointments difficult?
  • Want to book appointments through email and text?
  • Does your GP struggle to be deaf aware?
  • Not sure who books an interpreter and pays for it?

My Life, My Health can help, it’s an exciting health campaign to improve deaf young people’s experiences of GP services. We all have to visit the doctor sometimes – it’s just part of life.

At the moment you might take your parents or carers with you. You might even take a friend. As you get older and feel more confident you will probably want to go by yourself.

Find out more about My Life, My Health.

Look, Smile, Chat

Do you struggle having conversations with your hearing friends?

Wish that they were more deaf aware?

Could your school benefit from having better deaf awareness?

Thousands of deaf teenagers have told us that improving friends’ understanding of deafness and ways to communicate is really important to them.

Our Young People’s Advisory Board created an exciting campaign, called Look, Smile, Chat to help deaf teenagers. Their campaign has lots of resources to help break down the communication barriers that can make socialising and school life tough for some deaf young people.

Find out more about Look, Smile, Chat.

See what else we're campaigning on

Check out our Campaigns Blog where you will find information about what we are campaigning on, how you can get involved and most importantly what’s in it for you.

Make change happen

Young Campaigners Network

We’ve set up a Young Campaigners Network for young people aged 16 and over across the UK and we want you to join!

By signing up you’ll become an official National Deaf Children's Society Young Campaigner and be able to get involved in our campaigns activities. We’ll ask you to do loads of different things to spread our message far and wide. You might be asked to write to your local MP or sign a petition or maybe even come to one of our events.

In exchange you’ll receive the Campaigns Bitesize newsletter which will keep you up to date on all our campaigning work and what you can do to get involved.

Watch this video blog by former Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) member Liam, to find out what campaigning means to him, why he thinks it’s important to share your views with politicians and how you can contact your own MP.

Watch this film to find out what some of our former YAB members think the UK Government should change for deaf young people.

If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Have something to tell us?

If you have something on your mind, join us on our Got Something To Say page. You might want to share a brilliant idea you’ve had, or to tell us your story, or an opinion you’ve got about something that’s happening.

You can also ask our Buzz team anything – big or small – and to get advice and information to help you.

Start your own campaign

It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. You might have loads of ideas about things you want to change but aren't sure how to best go about getting what you need. We’re here to help! We’ve put together our four step campaigning plan to give you tips and advice on how to start your own campaign.