The BSL National Plan Consultation period has begun. It will last until Wednesday 31st May.
To respond online, please use the Scottish Government’s Consultation Hub, Citizen Space https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/equality-unit/bsl-national-plan
Respond in BSL. If you want to respond in BSL you can use the following options:
Youtube or Vimeo Upload your videos and paste the website link into the Citizen Space consultation or into an email.
Facebook Post your videos on this public Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bslnationalplan
Other people will see your responses
Email Send an email with links to videos of your responses to BSLConsult@gov.scot
Post Send your responses in English or in BSL on a DVD or USB to:Hilary Third, The Equality Unit, Area 3H-North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
There will be meetings around Scotland for deaf and deafblind BSL users.
Here are some of the dates and venues, there will be more dates added.
Glasgow Asian Deaf Club, Pollokshields Community Centre, 15 Kenmure St. Sat 18 March, 2pm
Forth Valley Sensory Centre Wed 22 March, 12.30pm
Lanarkshire Deaf Club Sat 25 March, 1pm
Deaf Connections Thurs 30 March,11am
There is also a meeting on Wednesday 29th March for deafblind people in the Radisson Blu, Glasgow, 10-3pm, where deafblind people can be filmed telling your story about being deafblind. It will be possible to use time in the afternoon to fill in the Consultation Questionnaire with support from Ken Hallsworth and a Guide/Communicator or an Interpreter.
Mothers & Toddlers (at St Andrew’s Parish Church), Motherwell Fri, 21 April at 12pm
Kirkcaldy Deaf Bowling Club (at Gallatown Bowling Club, Bandon Avenue, Kirkcaldy) Fri, 21 April at 7pm
Salmon Inn, Galashiels (Scottish Borders) Mon, 24 April at 6pm
St Vincent’s Centre for the Deaf, Glasgow Tues, 25 April at 7pm
Lanarkshire Deaf Club (at the Daisy Park Community Centre, Motherwell ML1 1EA) Wed, 26 April at 7pm
Coatbridge Deaf Club Friday, 28 April at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Parish, Calton (Glasgow G40 2DQ) Sunday 30th April at 6.45pm
Edinburgh BSL Coffee Meet Up, Waverley Station, Edinburgh Fri, 5 May at 7pm
Inverness & Moray (Elgin) Deaf Clubs, Spectrum Centre Inverness Sat, 6 May at 1.30pm
Deaf History Scotland, Greenock Sat, 6 May at 2pm
Fife Deaf Pub, Dunfermline Sat, 13 May at 7pm
Edinburgh Deaf Club Sat, 13 May at 8.30pm
Deafblind and Usher Renfield St Stephens Centre (260 Bath Street, G2 4JP) Friday 19 May 10.30am – 2.30pm
Greenock Deaf Pub (The James Watt) Fri, 19 May at 7pm
Aberdeen Deaf Club Sat, 20 May at 7pm
It is important that as many deafblind people respond to the Consultation so that the Plan can hopefully benefit deafblind BSL users.
Let me know if you would like to attend, and if you require communication support. We can then find out what support is available for that meeting and let you know.
Ken Hallsworth, 01417775829, or Email: email@example.com