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 outbreak.

As a charity we have had to take immediate steps to protect the well being of staff, volunteers and service users. Sadly, we are not delivering services from our building at this time. We have summarised the main changes on this page.

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.*

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.

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.

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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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.

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23/03/20 – Building closed

Our building is now closed to NDS service users until further notice.
However, we are still contactable via phone, email, Skype and SMS.
We will respond to messages as soon as possible.

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Details to be updated.

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