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#CycleForDeafkidz this September 2022!

#CycleForDeafKidz this September 2022!

Manchester to Blackpool Cycle

  • Date: Sunday 18th September 2022
  • Start time: 9:00am Manchester (starting location to be confirmed)
  • Registration fee: £20
  • Minimum fundraising target: £250

We’re hosting our first ever #CycleForDeafKidz this September 2022! Please join our cycle from Manchester to Blackpool. The money raised by each cyclist will go towards the protection of deaf children and young people worldwide, making a big difference to our small charity.

More details about our cycle ride:

  • The difficulty rating for the cycle is 3-3.5 out of 8 points. The terrain is mostly flat with some hills.
  • A prestigious 60 mile journey!
  • Some experience of cycling long distance is necessary.
  • Open to cyclists 18+
  • To take part in the cycle, you will need to provide your own road or hybrid bike and must have your own helmet.


We are asking individuals to raise a minimum of £250 for our charity and when you reach £150 we will send you our DeafKidz cycling jersey.

To find out more information and contact other cyclists, you can join our Facebook Group

If you require a transfer coach from either location, please let us know so we can organise this (additional fee will be needed)

Upon completion of the cycle ride, you will receive a medal for taking part!

If you have any questions, please contact us

Register Now!

New Job Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

Job Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

Job title: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: circa £60,000
Location: Brighton / Hybrid
Accountable to: the Chair of DeafKidz International, working closely with the Board
Line reports: Senior Finance Manager, Senior Programmes Lead, Programme Manager, Fundraising and Communications Manager
Total staff: 5 positions

Job overview

The Chief Executive Officer will provide strategic leadership to the organisation and drive the growth of the organisation, working to ensure that deaf children and young people are able to live safely and without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse in their communication mode of choice.

We are looking for a Chief Executive Officer who will provide the overall strategic leadership, vision and direction for International. You will be the lead ambassador for the organisation, raising our profile, engaging with high level decision makers and developing relationships with investors, donors and partner agencies. An ability to grow the business and an evidenced track record of having done so elsewhere experienced and well-– is essential. We are looking for an networked leader from within the child protection, humanitarian, development or global disability space. We would obviously welcome lived experienced of deafness and we would wish you to have some competence in British Sign Language, or be prepared to learn quickly. You will have a proven ability to motivate and support staff through a facilitative approach and possess personal drive and energy. It goes without saying, you will need to be financially literate and able to work with organisational and programme budgets.

The post is based in Brighton with allowances for flexible working. For the right individual, this will be a most rewarding role.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please send the following:

  • An up to date CV outlining your employment history, academic and professional qualifications, and contact details
  • A completed Application Form
  • A Supporting Statement (no more than 2x A4 pages)
    • Demonstrating how you meet the criteria outlined in the Person Specification
    • Outlining why you are interested in becoming the CEO of DeafKidz International

Click here for the full job application pack

Please submit your completed application to to arrive by 9am on Monday 13th June 2022

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 13th June
Shortlisting meeting between Harris Hill and DeafKidz International: Monday 20th June
First stage interviews with DeafKidz International: Thursday 23rd June
Final panel interviews with DeafKidz International: Tuesday 28th June


Millions have fled Ukraine to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. We need your support to respond to the urgent needs of deaf refugees.

Over 3 million Ukrainians – and rising – have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are 1.5 million children, who are now refugees. 1 in 70 of these are likely to be deaf children, already at greater risk of abuse and exploitation and largely excluded from access to essential services.

Your donations will help ensure that humanitarian action effectively INCLUDES deaf refugees and PROTECTS deaf children from harm

Please donate today and together we can ensure no deaf child is left behind.

DONATE NOW to DeafKidz Appeal for Ukrainian Refugees

Why we need your urgent help

Over 3 million Ukrainians – and rising – have fled to neighbouring countries due to the Russian invasion, since 24 February. While the exact numbers of deaf children are not yet known, we estimate that at least 22,500 of the currently 1.5 million child refugees are deaf children.

DeafKidz International is dedicated to the safeguarding and protection of deaf children. We need your support to respond to the needs of deaf children and their families who are now seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, uprooted from their lives and forced to flee their homes.

Children often bear the worst toll of war and deaf children even more so, already at greater risk of abuse and exploitation and largely excluded from essential services such as protection, health and education.

We are currently reaching out to our network of international and local organisations to get an urgent understanding of the situation and mobilise collaboratively to ensure that deaf refugees are central to this humanitarian response.

We will be deploying a team of experts to countries neighbouring Ukraine to assess the needs of deaf refugees, particularly deaf children, ascertain the gaps and barriers and respond meaningfully to their needs, with a view to ensuring their full and equal inclusion in the humanitarian response.

With more refugees expected, we need your support to ensure that humanitarian action effectively INCLUDES deaf refugees and PROTECTS deaf children from harm.

Donate Now
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Support our DeafKidz Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, please light up our DeafKidz Christmas Tree to raise funds for our global projects ensuring the safety and protection of deaf children.

As we end another year navigating the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever we must focus our attention on marginalised groups who are at danger of being left behind as the world moves on.

As resources inevitably become more scarce through recovery from COVID-19, and ever harder decisions need to be made around how to provide support to those who need it most, we need to think actively and consciously about the groups of people who may not have the voice to secure the resources or make their needs heard.

Deafness is the third largest disability globally with 466 million deaf people worldwide. Deaf children are three times more likely to be abused than hearing children. Due to the lack of deaf awareness and resources, deaf children face barriers to accessing services and support in so many settings: teachers; social workers; police; medical professionals; and many more. They are unable to communicate effectively with deaf children so their needs are not met.

DeafKidz International addresses the vital gaps in these safeguarding and protection needs, reducing the risk of abuse through education and safeguarding projects, empowering deaf children to protect themselves, and the adults around them to provide protection.

This year, please make a donation to support our life-changing work. Why not swap your Secret Santa present for a thoughtful gift supporting deaf children instead? You can make a gift in your colleague, friends or families name, leave a special message and they will be sent an e-card to see your kind present!

Your support means so much to us – together we can ensure no deaf child is left behind this Christmas. Thank you.

Support our Christmas appeal now!


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Action Deafness (AD) and DeafKidz International (DKI) expresses a broadly agreed intention to continue working together and signals both organisations’ firm commitment to build upon their existing working relationship and close collaborative ties.

This latest MoU partnership aims to jointly create opportunities in reaching fresh stakeholder audiences, utilising emerging innovation and possibility whilst benefiting the services and programmes that both organisations deliver.

Craig Crowley, Chief Executive of Action Deafness, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this advanced relationship with DeafKidz International. Close collaboration will enable both organisations to share ideas and expertise, generate cutting-edge innovation and ultimately further benefit the stakeholders and beneficiaries that we serve.”

Kavita Prasad, Chief Executive of DeafKidz International, said: “We are thrilled to formalise our close working relationship with Action Deafness through this MoU. This partnership will leverage the expertise, experience and innovation of both organisations and create a joint platform for programmes and services that will safeguard our key constituency – deaf children and youth.”

Action Deafness is the UK’s leading Deaf-led charity providing flagship specialist services in communications interpreting (including a partnership with SignVideo for video relay services), community & care and sensory services. Recognised as an approved provider of NHS Shared Business Services, AD is also CQC-registered and holds ISO quality assurance accreditations alongside Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

DeafKidz International is a global leader working to ensure that deaf children and young people are able to live safely, without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse, using their communication mode of choice. With safeguarding at the heart of all its work, DeafKidz International aims to respond comprehensively to the protection, health, wellbeing and access to education needs of deaf children, young people and adults worldwide.

Watch the video announcement in BSL here:

BBC Radio 4 Appeal raises £10,000 and welcome new Global Ambassador Raymond Antrobus

We’re thrilled to announce our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal raised over our target of £10,000! Our appeal was live during International Week of Deaf People in September 2021 and was presented by poet and activist Raymond Antrobus. Since presenting our appeal, we are also thrilled to announce Raymond has joined our team of Global Ambassadors!

We would like to convey a massive thank you to everyone who listened, watched, shared and donated. The money raised will go towards our international programmes supporting and empowering deaf children and young people.

Watch the video below from our new Ambassador Raymond announcing the money raised from our BBC Radio 4 appeal:

BBC Radio 4 Appeal

BBC Radio 4 appeal

Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th September 2021


We were delighted to feature on as the BBC Radio 4 appeal BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal during International Week of Deaf People 2021 between 19th to 25th September 2021

Poet, educator and activist, Raymond Antrobus presented our appeal, and told the story of Tayyaba from India, one of the many deaf children and young people being supported by DeafKidz International’s global projects. Our appeal broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 19th September at 7.54am and 9.25pm and on Thursday 23rd September at 3.27pm (on International Day of Sign Languages)

Thank you to everyone who shared and supported our R4 appeal. Your donations will make a huge difference to our small charity and will ensure more deaf children like Tayyaba can access our programmes and the support they need to live safely, without the fear of abuse and exploitation.

If you missed our appeal, unfortunately it’s too late to donate to our R4 appeal through BBC Radio 4’s website, you can still listen to our appeal or watch in British Sign Language on the BBC webpage (grey button below), however you can still support us and donate directly to our Just Giving page:


Listen to our BBC R4 appeal or watch in British Sign Language (BSL)

Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal Story – Tayyaba

For thousands of deaf children, like Tayyaba, school provides a sense of belonging and a safe space alongside their deaf peers. However, the closure of schools during Covid-19 lockdowns left deaf children feeling lonely and isolated, often locked down with families who do not know sign language and are unable to communicate and interact with them.

This is why DeafKidz International, partnering with local NGO, Slum Soccer, stepped in to help Tayyaba during this time with our DeafKidz Goal programme, which provides important life skills training to deaf children, delivered in Indian Sign Language by deaf football coaches.


Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal Presenter – Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus FRSL is a poet, educator, writer and activist who has been performing poetry since 2007. He was born deaf to an English mother and Jamaican father in Hackney, London. His work is recognised internationally and he has received multiple awards including the Ted Hughes Award and the Rathbone Folio Prize. Raymond is passionate about the rights of deaf people and helping young deaf people to access their own needs, education and community.

Listen here as Raymond tells us why he supports DeafKidz International.

Help change the lives of more deaf children like Tayyaba

Donate today

You’re On Mute! – Join our campaign

For a year we’ve been living differently, spending hours on video calls, each with their own problems.
Like when someone tries to speak, and they’re on mute. Everyone shouting “You’re on mute!” … frustrating isn’t it?

But imagine being a deaf child in a developing country. Where no one knows sign language, or even thinks you can communicate.
Imagine your whole community on mute.
Unlike you, deaf children can’t just click on a button to make communication happen.

So this Deaf Awareness Week, Please UNMUTE for DeafKidz International.
So we can work to remove communication barriers,
Make things safer for deaf children
Without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse
And empower deaf children to succeed.

Read more here

Reaching out to deaf survivors of abuse

Dear all

The historic abuse of deaf children has long been a concern for all of us working at DeafKidz International. As a charity, we exist to work towards a world where deaf children are able to live safely and without fear of abuse and exploitation. We believe a big part of that is shining a light on the wrongdoings of the past so that there is far bigger awareness of the issues faced by deaf children.

To this end, we are working with internationally-acclaimed filmmakers producing a feature film on deaf people’s experience of abuse. We believe that by supporting this initiative, and ensuring it is authentic, we can take a huge step forward in raising awareness of these issues.

We are calling on the deaf community to tell their stories. Are you a deaf woman or man in the UK who experienced abuse as a child? Are you willing to share your experience and contribute to shining a light on this long-ignored issue?

If you are, we would love to hear from you – please email us at today. Everything you say will be treated confidentially.

We would be grateful if you could share this among your contacts and networks in the UK.

It is time that as a community we all started talking about the elephant in the room: the awful, unacceptable and truly heart-breaking abuse faced by deaf children past and present. We will drive the change needed to ensure that the deaf children of tomorrow can live in a better, safer world.

Together, we will be heard.

Best regards,

Steve Crump
Founder and Chair
DeafKidz International

If you are a deaf person currently at risk and need urgent help, please use one of these services: contact UK Relay by dialling 18000 through the app or from a textphone OR contact 999 by SMS text (must register first by texting ‘register’ to 999) OR voice call 999

Read the letter in full by clicking here

Strategic Plan 2020-23

Read DeafKidz International’s Strategic Plan for 2020-23 which charts our course for these three years, outlining how we will address the barriers deaf people face in low-resource and complex humanitarian settings, and defining our strategic goals and priorities that will respond to the protection, health, wellbeing and access to education needs of deaf children, young people and adults worldwide.

Front cover of our Strategic Plan

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