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Want to make a difference?

Are you 13-16? Want to make a difference and help deaf young people across the UK?

Apply to become a member of our Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB)!

The next YAB will be made up of 19 young people from across the UK and offers an exciting opportunity for young people to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and make a difference.

Each Board takes part in 6 weekends away and picks a campaign that is really important to them!

What is the YAB?

The Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) tells the National Deaf Children’s Society what’s important to deaf young people. They are a bit like our advisors!

The Board is made up of 19 deaf young people from across the UK. The members are aged between 13-16, have varying levels of deafness and communicate in different ways.

What does a YAB member do?

A YAB member you will have a really exciting chance to shape the support and services that NDCS provides for deaf young people!

You’ll get to pick and lead a national campaign, go on residential weekends, chat about important topics and lots more!

Apply now! You have until Sunday 1 December.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, here is what you have to do:

  • Apply online or download the application form and tell us why we should pick you!
  • Ask your parent or carer to fill in the parents form

You can also download Welsh versions of our application form and parents form.

Send us your application online, e-mail (attachments size no larger than 6Mb) or by post to:   Participation Team, National Deaf Children’s Society, Ground Floor South, Castle House, 37-45 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LS

Make sure you are free for the interview dates:

  • 11th and 12th January (London)
  • 18th January in (Glasgow)
  • 19th January (Northern Ireland)
  • 25th January (Cardiff)
  • 26th January (Manchester)

If you want to send us your application using British Sign Language (BSL), please film your answers and send them to us at (attachments size no larger than 6Mb).

Remember you have to be 13-16 to apply and we need to receive your application form by Sunday 1 December 2019.

Young people’s travel expenses, food and communication requirements (interpreters, palantypists etc) will be covered by us.

Online Forms

To apply online, click on the links below:


Click on the documents to download them:

Got a question?

Not sure about something or just want more information? You can e-mail us at

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