Nottinghamshire Deaf Society – Response to COVID-19

Along with many organisations and businesses we are having to make changes because of the impact of the COVID-19 and the new requirements for us to run our charity safely.

Please see information below for service updates and information. For more information in BSL about Coronavirus and COVID-19 we recommend looking at the SignHealth Webpage which also has information from the NHS and Public Health England.

Please support us by sharing information with others who may not always receive it.

We hope that you and your family and friends will be safe during this time.


*Please scroll down for our current contact details.*

21/08/20 – COVID-Secure Risk Assessment

We are required to produce a Workplace Risk Assessment in order to be COVID SECURE.

To review the document in English please click here: COVID-Secure Risk Assessment – English

To review the document in BSL please click here: COVID-Secure Risk Assessment – BSL

19/06/20 – Interpreting Service Update

Reminder of ways the interpreting service is working and updates to opening times of Skype VRS Service.

From Monday 22nd June this service will be open Mon-Fri 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm..

13/05/20 – Information about Domestic Violence services in BSL

08/04/20 – BSL Translation of Coronavirus Leaflet

A BSL version of the leaflet that has been delivered to all UK homes and businesses about the Coronavirus.

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23/03/20 – Building closed

Unfortunately our building is now closed to NDS service users and for room hire until further notice.
However, we are still contactable via phone, email, Skype and SMS. See contact details below.
We will respond to messages as soon as possible.

20/03/20 – Interpreters

Update on how Deaf people can access interpreters to make phone calls. This replaces face-to-face drop in services during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.

19/03/20 – Message from our CEO

Jon Giles, Chief Executive Officer provides an update on changes that NDS are making because of the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.

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17/03/20 – BSL and Lip Reading courses

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone all of our BSL and Lip Reading classes with immediate effect. This means that classes for the foreseeable future, will not be going ahead. We will keep all students updated via email.
We will be sending out resources to all students, to use at home. We encourage all of our students to keep in contact and support each other during this time.

17/03/20 – Welfare Rights Service

Welfare Rights duty time drop-in services and face to face appointments in Nottingham and Mansfield are cancelled until further notice. Alison can still be contacted by phone, sms/WhatsApp, Skype and email.

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We encourage the Deaf Community to support each other at this time. We are working with Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to help ensure all our most vulnerable service users have the support they need. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Nottingham City Council or Nottinghamshire County Council to register. If you use British Sign Language (BSL) or have some BSL skills, you can include this in your application.

How to contact us

Main office

Our office is closed. However, you can still contact us:
• Tel: 0115 970 0516
• Email
• Text: 07817 275 253
• WhatsApp (message or video) 07817 275 253


Welfare Rights Service

Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm

In case of emergency Friday 9am-12noon
• Text 07398 173 051
• Email
• Skype: ndswelfarerights (text first for an appointment)

Interpreting Service

You can still contact us in the same way as before:
• Text 07792 226 250
• Email
• Skype: nottinghamslis
• WhatsApp (message or video) 07792 226 250

VRS for Deaf people in Nottinghamshire, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm:
• Skype: bslnotts