About NDS

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.

NDS plays a big part in the lives of deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing people throughout Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

The 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.

As a charity we have to raise the majority of our annual budget through income generation, grants and voluntary donations. Without fundraising donations, the charity simply wouldn’t survive.

Every year we support more than 5000 people. We:

  • Support deaf and hard of hearing people to access welfare services and benefits
  • Provide British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Blind interpreting and a Lipspeaking service
  • Offer BSL and Deaf Awareness Training
  • Offer lip reading classes
  • Provide space for the 50+ Social Group
Why Choose Us?

We deliver quality training through our excellent tutoring team. Our qualified and experienced Tutors are Deaf and use BSL as their first language. Each of them has a deep understanding of the language and culture, and teach with a great deal of skill, knowledge and humour.

Our BSL courses are taught in small groups, with the opportunity to work in pairs and on a one-to-one basis with the Tutor in a positive and supportive environment.

All our Deaf Awareness and BSL Taster courses are bespoke and can be tailored to meet your individual organisational/employee needs. Our Deaf Awareness training is aimed at organisations that want to improve the service they offer to deaf and hard of hearing people. The training aims to develop a clearer understanding of deaf culture and the difficulties deaf and hard of hearing people face.

For more information please contact us.