The UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) is the overarching term for voluntary organisations working with the Deaf community in the UK. UKCoD aim to support other organisations aiming to increase Deaf awareness and help for Deaf people.


21 years strong

Established in 1993, by Chris Shaw and Sally Hawkins, UKCoD became a registered charity in 1994: this helped them to make rapid progress. From this point the Council campaigned for improvements within the Deaf community focusing on charity funding and volunteer programs.

UKCoD were awarded a grant from the National Lottery in 1998 which again boosted their Deaf Action Project, leading to secured funding in 2000 from the Department of Health.

From strength to strength, UKCoD have grown and adopted many more organisations. This has enabled them to represent the deaf community in many conferences and governmental projects.

The UKCoD also coordinate Deaf Awareness Week.

Objectives of UKCoD:

  • The UK Council on Deafness promote the sharing of: skills, views and knowledge between its members.
  • They aim to provide members with key information regarding new and upcoming projects.
  • The UKCoD also campaign for issues that affect Deaf people, both within the voluntary sector and for government funded projects.


Deaf Awareness Week

With Deaf Awareness Week running from 19th – 25th May, UKCoD aim to promote “Equality in communication for all”. During this week many organisations campaign together to promote deafness and fund-raise for this cause.

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