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We provide support in Swindon & North Wiltshire to families with children who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Our group was established by parents who have children with a hearing loss over 25 years ago. It is still run by volunteer parents today.


We organise fun events, provide a great network of families, hold fund raisers and offer information and support, to children who are deaf or have a hearing loss and their families in the Swindon & North Wiltshire area through our free membership scheme. 


We also work closely with audiology and other professional organisations involved in the day to day care of our children.

Deaf children are vulnerable to isolation, bullying and poor self-esteem

Deafness is not a learning disability

1,600 babies are born deaf in the UK every year

The DCS offers two types of funding applications- Individual Member Grants to support our young deaf members and a funding scheme for individuals and organisations, for proposals that benefit deaf children, young people and their families, including privately organised events.

We warmly welcome all parents, family members, volunteers & professionals working with deaf children to join our local Group. 

Membership is FREE - Simply fill out the membership form by clicking on the link below and ensure you OPT IN to receive emails.

LOCAL GROUPS

Your DCS is seeking committee members and volunteers: Do you have a passion to promote Deaf Awareness and unite Deaf Children/children with hearing loss and their families? If the answer is yes, we would love you to join the committee!

Our AGM is being held on Wednesday 8th June 2022. We welcome nominations for a Committee or a Trustee role from anyone who feels they would be a suitable candidate for the role, with a passion for promoting and uniting Deaf children and their families. They must be able to commit to attending a committee meeting every other month plus the next Annual General Meeting. If you are interested in applying for a position please contact us to discuss further, or complete the AGM 2022/2023 committee nomination form and return to us by email or post, details are on the Contact Us page. The deadline for applications to be recieved is Wednesday 25th May 2022.

We are also seeking volunteers. The DCS has gone from strength to strength over the past 7 + years, but we rely on our volunteers! Would you be interested in joining our team? All you need to bring is your passion and enthusiasm. We will find our where your skills lie and focus the role around the time you have and your skills. We meet every other month and how much or little you take on is up to you. To discuss further please contact us directly. Thank you!


​NDCS online community forum: Staying connected online is now more important than ever. The NDCS have launched a fabulous online community forum: WELCOME TO YOUR COMMUNITY. This online forum is Your Community, a safe place to get tips, ask questions, share experiences and connect with other parents and carers of deaf children and young people. If you haven’t registered on the website yet please visit ndcs.org.uk/membership/register/ If you’re already registered you just need to 'log in'.

NDCS Virtual Events: ​NDCS offer a wide range of online events and courses for deaf children, young people, their parents and families. Upcoming sessions include Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), support with remote learning, supporting parents new to hearing loss, baby and preschool coffee mornings, an intro to technology and apps for young deaf children, plus lots more! Full details of all of the upcoming events and how to book your free places are available at ndcs.org.uk/our-services/our-events/

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NEWS, USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES

Local groups are affiliated to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - The NDCS Helpline is a valued service they offer to families for support & advice. To access this service call the NDCS Helpline on 0808 800 8880 or email helpline@ndcs.org.uk

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