Deafblind and Usher Consultation meeting on the BSL National Plan

Consultation Poster May Part B

BSL National Plan Consultation open meeting for Ushers / Deafblind BSL users.

Friday 19 May 2017


Renfield St. Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP

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To book a place, please register with Ken Hallsworth:

Please try to attend, this will be the last deafblind meeting to give your views on the BSL National Plan. There will be BSL Interpreters, including Hands-on Interpreters, Guide/Communicators and Electronic Notetakers available on the day.

It is really important that the Government receive as many responses as possible from deafblind BSL users, so please try to come along.

Contact Ken Hallsworth

Scottish Government’s Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan is now open for consultation

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Scottish Government’s Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan is now open for consultation…

The Scottish Government has opened the consultation on the Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan for the next three months until Wednesday 31 May 2017.

This draft plan covers the whole of the Scottish Government and over 50 national public bodies that Scottish Ministers have responsibility for. Other public bodies, including local authorities and regional NHS boards, will publish their own BSL plans next year. This first BSL National Plan will cover the next six years to 2023.

Scottish Government Consultation Website:

Scottish Government Consultation Facebook:

Deaf Sector Partnership Website:

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Anyone in Scotland can contribute to the consultation.

Pick a Brick

Text Giving

Can you help us raise the final funds needed to complete the new Learning and Development Centre for Deafblind people in Scotland?

Pick a Brick for Deafblind Scotland

Text “PICK05 £5” to 70070

Deafblind Scotland 5 Year Plan 2016 – 2021

5 year plan

DEAFBLIND SCOTLAND FIVE YEAR PLAN 2016 – 2021                             

Vision: “A society in which deafblind people have the permanent support and recognition necessary to be equal citizens.

The headings for our priorities for the next five years will be:

  1. Accommodation
  1. Fundraising
  1. Legislation and guidance
  1. Deafblind Awareness
  1. Involving deafblind people
  1. Support services that increase independence
  1. Improving quality of life

To read the full plan click here.

Deafblind Scotland’s work recognised at Charity Champions Awards.

Disability Charity Winner

Deafblind Scotland was honoured at the Charity Champion Awards on Thursday, 6th October 2016 in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

Ruth Dorman, Chief Executive of Deafblind Scotland said “We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted in 3 categories and so very proud to be runners up in Health Charity of the Year and Communities Charity of the Year. But ecstatic when we were the overall winners for the Disability Charity of the Year!”

Well done to all the members, volunteers and staff!

Charity Champion Awards

National Advisory Group (NAG) and DeafblindNAG Update


Thank you to all the deafblind members who have participated in the DBNAGs and who gave their views on the 10 Aims and Ambitions of the BSL National Plan. We have sent you the BSL version of  the feedback from the last DBNAG in Perth on August 2nd on a DVD. We have also sent you the written version of this in your
preferred formats.

What happens next? The next  BSL NAG meeting is on Tuesday 1st November. The BSL NAG will look at all feedback from deaf and deafblind BSL users in Scotland and prioritise these so that the BSL National Plan can begin to be written. The next step in the process is that the first Draft Guidance for the BSL National Plan will be circulated for consultation.  Deafblind Scotland will consult with DBNAG members and other BSL using members on this when it comes out. The next DBNAG will  be arranged soon after the draft Guidance is available, it is anticipated this may be in December 2016 or January 2017. We look forward to working with DBNAG members on this next stage.

Dining in Darkness in Deafening Silence McPhabbs

Dining in Darkness in Deafening Silence

Its back!
Dining in Darkness in Deafening Silence McPhabbs

Tantalize your taste buds with McPhabb’s delicious, specially created three course menu on Thursday, 27 October 2016 for 7pm.
The menu has been selected to heighten your other senses, enjoy the aroma, delicious taste and texture.
Quench your thirst at the lighted bar before you dine in the dark in a silent room.
This dining experience will give you a real feel of a deafblind person’s dining experience.

To book call 0141 777 7774 or email

“Midway through the meal, we were allowed to take our eye masks and ear muffs off, and it was surreal. Everything felt so… bare and heightened. Everyone chattered noisily and knives and forks scraped plates more confidently. It felt like being on an aeroplane and having your ears finally pop – that whoosh of sound again! We would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.” Catherine Noble, Noble Nourishment

“By the end, I had an understanding of what its like being deafblind and its one lonely place – like living in the work but not quit being part of it.” Matt Bendoris, Scottish Sun

Deafblind Scotland Health Needs Assessment Survey

We have developed this questionnaire over several years, each year incorporating new innovations, situations and conditions that could have an impact on our members.  The aim is to find out first hand from deafblind people how they are affected by these situations and if they are able to deal with them, then how they may manage to do that.  In some cases this may not be possible and we want to know about this as well.

We want to collect all of this information in order to build up an accurate account of deafblind people’s experiences so we can feed this back to the appropriate services and they can make improvements. For example accessibility or adaptation to premises or perhaps make suggestions on how best to communicate with deafblind people and offer awareness training.  On the basis of the findings we are able to do collaborative work to ensure there is equitable access to all manner of services and organisations.

The findings are also extremely useful when we apply for various funding or grants. Statistics are often required as evidence to reinforce the claims or statements made in the application forms.

The information that is gathered is totally confidential and anonymous, no names will be used at any point during the collation of the information or publishing of the report.

If you know any deafblind people who could fill out one of the questionnaires, or for more information please contact John Whitfield

Conic Hill Conquerors

Conic Hill Top

Our Conic Hill conquerors this year included Linda, Michael, Emer, Alison and Peter. Those who explored the Millenium trail were John, Evie, Alison, and Michael.

We were supported by the Rangers from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for the 4th year, Ranger Beverely Clarke and Sandra Hutchieson were joined by volunteer rangers Richard, Chris and Janet.
Everyone on the day had a great time, and for the 4th year in a row the weather was great.
Sandra from the fundraising department set up a donation station. She had taken along outdoor equipment which had been donated to our charity shop. The donation station was a huge success and we hope to feature this again in the future.

Deafblind Scotland’s “Field of Dreams” Ground-breaking Ceremony

"Field of Dreams" Groundbreaking Ceremony August 2016

17th August 2016 was a historic day for deafblind people all across Scotland when the first spadeful of earth  was cut for their new Learning and Development Centre on their “Field of Dreams” site at Initiative Road, Lenzie.  On a beautiful sunny day Deafblind Scotland Directors and staff were joined by local councillors, as well as Rona Mackay MSP and John Nicolson MP to help celebrate the moment.

Deafblind Scotland’s chairperson Bob Nolan spoke of his pleasure  on this day. He introduced Ruth Dorman CEO who spoke of her hopes for the future, and Drena O’Malley who paid tribute to all those who had contributed to this day.  Bob introduced Vice-chairperson Michael Anderson, deafblind member, who had tirelessly fundraised for the new centre and who was given the honour of cutting the first sod, with a ceremonial spade.   It is anticipated the building will be complete in May 2017, the first centre in Scotland dedicated to meeting the specialist needs of deafblind people.

To date more than £1.7m has been raised, identified or pledged towards the cost of the land and the new Centre, and efforts continue apace to raise the remainder needed. Deafblind Scotland will host an Afternoon Tea in the Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow on 11th September, ticket cost £15, and a Dinner Dance in the Millenium Hotel Glasgow on 29th October, ticket cost £40, all in a drive to raise the funds needed to buy the specialist equipment and adaptations needed to ensure this building truly meets the needs of deafblind people. For those who prefer a challenge we also have places on the Roadblock Run in Edinburgh on 11th September and on the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil  on 9th October.

For more information please contact D. O’Malley, on 0141 777 5830 or

For our upcoming events click here

"Field of Dreams" Groundbreaking Ceremony August 2016
"Field of Dreams" Groundbreaking Ceremony August 2016