Why raise money for National Deaf Children's Society?
Who we are
We are the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. NDCS is an organisation that relies on the generosity of people like you to fund its vital services. We want to make the future brighter for deaf children and need your help to do that. Fundraising can be a lot of fun, whether you're gearing up to cycle 300km, dusting off your running shoes to complete a half marathon or baking brownies to sell at work. The money you raise will make a huge difference to deaf children across the UK, as well as raising awareness of childhood deafness.
What we believe
- Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start.
- Deaf children should be involved in decisions that affect them at as early an age as possible.
- Families are the most important influence on deaf children and young people, and need clear, balanced information to make informed choices.
- Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people's social, emotional and intellectual development.
- Deaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
Why it matters
- Deafness is not a learning disability, yet 65% of deaf children in the England fail to achieve five GCSE grades A*-C (including English and maths)
- Deaf children are vulnerable to isolation, bullying and poor self-esteem.
- Deaf children are 60% more likely to experience mental health problems compared to other children.
- Deaf children are more than twice as likely to be abused as other children.
How we make a difference
- We offer free information and support to families with a deaf child. Through our publications, and web forums, the Freephone Helpline, our specialist advisers and family events, parents can rely on us from initial diagnosis right through to adulthood.
- We run various activities and events where deaf children and young people can learn new skills, gain confidence and meet other deaf children, often for the first time.
- We campaign on behalf of deaf children and young people to ensure that they get the education, health and family support services they need, and empower families to do the same.
- We give deaf children the opportunity to take part in activities that they can sometimes be excluded from - like football or joining a club - by offering deaf-friendly training to leisure organisations that work with children.
- We provide guidance for professionals to help them work with children in the best way possible.
For more information please visit our main website at www.ndcs.org.uk