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Emergency SMS service for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired

The emergency SMS service allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK to send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service, where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire and rescue, or coastguard.

How it works (BSL Video Below) alternatively go to the official website which can be found at http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/emergencySMS 

Simply by sending an SMS message to 999, you can call for help and the emergency services will be able to reply to you.

A relay assistant will speak your SMS message to the 999 advisor, their reply will be sent back to you as an SMS message.

If you send another SMS text message, the relay assistant will read it to the 999 advisor and send their reply back to you.

How to register

You MUST register your mobile phone before using the emergency SMS service.

Step 1:
Text ‘register’ to 999

Step 2:
You will receive a reply explaining the service. Please read through this.

Step 3:
Text back ‘Yes’

Step 4:
You will receive a text confirming your registration for the service.

You can find out more information about Emergency SMS on the Emergency SMS website.

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British Deaf Association premiere lost film footage in ground-breaking documentary – ‘Power in Our Hands’

Power in our Hands’ is a compilation of historical archive footage of the Deaf community. The idea for the film began in 2004 when, in an exciting twist of fate, a group of builders accidently stumbled across the long-lost film from the BDA, dating back to the 1930s.

The forgotten footage has now been compiled into a documentary (lasting 70 minutes) with its narrative being the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf rights. Unlike the Civil Rights movements of other minority groups, this isn’t a topic that is well-known in the hearing community and the footage gives a fascinating insight into what the Deaf community has had to go through in their struggle for equality.

To see more information please go to the BDA website by clicking the link below:


The film premiered at BFI Southbank on 11 November 2015 with a large number of people from the Deaf community in attendance and the public screenings will take place in cinemas across the UK from February 2016.

There will be a showing of this at Broadway Cinema Sunday 28th Feb

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Nottinghamshire Deaf Society ‘Hearing Deaf Voices’ Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society (NDS) is today announcing the launch of an exciting new project as the culmination of its 125th anniversary celebrations. The Nottingham-based charity has received £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the ‘Hearing Deaf Voices’ project to celebrate the rich cultural history of deaf people from across the city and county.

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Deaf Friendly Swimming Sessions Mansfield

NDCS Swim Lessons Poster updated Sept 2015

Deaf-Friendly Swimming

Want to improve your swimming skills and make new friends?

Serco Leisure is holding deaf-friendly swimming for deaf children and young people in Mansfield.

The activities are suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to competitive swimmers. You will take part in fun activities and learn new skills, delivered by fully qualified swimming teachers.

  • Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, Mansfield, NG19 7BZ
  • Every Sunday
  • £46 for course of 10 lessons


Beginners under 11 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Beginners 11+ 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Intermediate/Advanced 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 For further information or to request a booking form please contact 0345 0000 230 or visit www.mansfieldleisure.com to fill in the online application form.

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