Since Deafblind Scotland became a separate Scottish charity in 2001, building a new purpose-built centre has been a priority for members. In 2007, when the “Field of Dreams” one acre site became available in Lenzie, the journey began to raise the necessary funds to make a long held dream come true. The site cost of £245,000, including fees, in 2013 after planning permission had been granted to build an 8,500sq ft building.
The site is in an ideal location to serve the whole of Scotland, being 8 miles north of Glasgow, close to the M80, and less than I mile from Lenzie Railway station which is on the main Glasgow/Edinburgh line. The proximity to a railway station means deafblind people will be able to travel independently to the centre, just as they can currently access our Lenzie office on foot from the station.
The 8,500 square foot purpose-built Learning and Development Centre will be a unique cutting-edge Centre of Excellence for all of Scotland. It will be a daily resource to more than 300 deafblind people in the Glasgow area, and a regular resource to the 2,700 Scottish people recorded as severely dual sensory impaired. This new facility will enable deafblind people to grow and develop. The “Field of Dreams” project will bring new opportunities for deafblind people to learn, to enjoy a range of subjects, and in particular to become familiar with IT, so that they might be able to access the internet, email, websites, all with specially adapted technology and equipment. There will be opportunities to learn tactile communication skills and British Sign Language. They will enjoy classes on drama, arts, music on offer. We will have a large meeting room with the best available loop systems where national and regional meetings can take place, for the first time, in an appropriate venue. There will be a community café where deafblind people can meet with others, can volunteer to welcome the community into their building, and can meet with other deafblind people who communicate using the same tactile communication methods.
For more details on the Field of Dreams project see our Information Brochure HERE
Several large trusts have made donations or pledged vital financial support to “Field of Dreams”, and these include The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, The Robertson Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Henry Smith Charitable Trust, The Act Foundation, Endrick Trust, Sylvia Waddilove, Commonweal Fund, Margaret Murdoch Trust, Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust. Deafblind Scotland would like to record its heartfelt appreciation to these Trusts for their support without which we simply could not proceed to build. Also a major legacy from Mr Gordon Neasham has added more than half a million pounds to the funds available. Together with the vital funds raised by deafblind members undertaking challenges over the years, we are now in a position to mount one final push towards their long-held dream of getting a new building which meets their needs.
For more information or to fundraise for Field of Dreams call 0141 777 5848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org