Welcome to Nottinghamshire Deaf Society

We are a registered charity based in Nottingham. Formed in 1890 by a group of philanthropic church and community leaders we have a vision of a society in which all deaf people can fully participate. Today NDS serves many deaf people across the county and region with a range of services including BSL interpreting, welfare rights advice and by supporting deaf community groups.

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BSL Interpreting

All our in-house interpreters, lipspeakers and the freelance interpreters we use, are highly trained and are officially registered.

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Welfare Rights

The Welfare Rights Service helps Deaf and hard of hearing people access welfare benefits and services in their preferred language, whether that’s British Sign Language or English.

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Training

Want to learn British Sign Language? Have a look at our training pages to see what we do.

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Employment Support

The Employment Support delivered by native British Sign Language users, is available through group work and one to one support.

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Community

Community Services

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Volunteering

We rely on our volunteers to be able to provide all of our services, we couldn’t operate without them generously giving their time, skills and expertise.

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About Us

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society (NDS), is a registered charity based on Forest Road West, it was formed in 1890 by a group of philanthropic church and community leaders who had a vision for a society in which all deaf people can fully participate.

about_imageThe success of the charity today is built on the wonderful history and rich culture of the deaf community. We have an enviable reputation for providing community outreach for 400 Deaf service users from our centre on Forest Road West.

We give deaf people access to a range of tailored information and support services such as welfare benefits advice, training, luncheon clubs and befriending schemes. With a team of British Sign Language Interpreters on hand to provide vital support in times of crisis and need, NDS really is a bridge between a hearing and a deaf world.

Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

We have a vision for a society in which all deaf people can fully participate.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the social inclusion and well-being of deaf people across the East Midlands.

Our Values

Our Values underpin all we do and how we behave as an organisation and as individuals.

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