Cumbria Deaf Association offers a range of help and support for children, youths and families.

Babies & Young Children

Having a child diagnosed with a hearing impairment can be a very difficult time for any family. At Cumbria Deaf Association we provide a range of help and support for children, youth’s and families.

We offer advice, information and peer support. Why not come and join us at our coffee and play mornings where you can meet other parents. We also direct you to other services that we feel you would benefit from including family support workers, sign language classes and benefit advice.


We run regional youth club sessions for deaf children and young people to get together, make friends and socialise. Parents can stay and get to know each other or they can leave the children and get some jobs done. Bring your friends and siblings along for the fun too.

Bowling, Laser Quest, Rock Climbing, Swimming at The Calvert Trust.

Our annual family residential at Bendrigg Lodge Trust is always great fun. We usually have between 30-40 people and we have a fabulous weekend of outdoor activities as a family and as a group we get to know each other, make friend, share advice and experiences.


Children’s Hearing Service Working Group. (CHSWG). Every NHS trust audiology department have to have a CHSWG. They meet about every 6 months and this is good opportunity to raise any issues you may have about hearing services for children. Professionals who attend include audiology, New born Hearing screening, Teachers of the deaf, National Deaf Children’s Society, Cumbria Deaf Association, Parents. This group has campaigned to stop the reduction in Teachers of the deaf, input onto the improvement plan for audiology. If you have any questions or queries regarding anything to do with your child’s diagnosis, services they have or haven’t received then come along to the group or pass your concerns on through Esther. Parents can have a say in the way services are developed.