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.

Sign Language Interpreters

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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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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Want to learn British Sign Language? Or improve your lipreading skills? Then have a look at our training courses: We have a new online BSL course launching in March 2021

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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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Access to Work

Access to Work (AtW) is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help disabled people start or stay in work.
This factsheet gives individuals an overview of Access to Work.

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Room Rental

Are you looking for a space to hold your meeting or conference? We have a variety of rooms to rent accommodating up to 90 people

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About Us

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society (NDS), is a registered charity based in 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 their 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

What makes us different?

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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Find out what everyone is saying about us.

125+ Years of History

“Our charity is a valuable resource to deaf people in Nottinghamshire,
it has an enviable reputation for the work it does. It’s vital for us to let
people know about the work we do here in Nottingham. We want to
promote an inclusive community in which all deaf people can fully

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