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Welcome to West Scotland Deaf Children's Society

We offer help and support for families with deaf children in the West of Scotland.

We can help you cope with initial diagnosis, help you understand terminology and the professionals you will deal with e.g. the Audiologists, the Consultants.

We can help you understand what level of support your child is entitled to in Education whether that be nursery, primary, secondary or further education - main stream schooling or specialist hearing impairment units.

We can help you understand what benefits you may be entitled to for your child.

Lipreading Awareness Week 2016

Lipreading Awareness Week 2016

This week marks the start of Lipreading Awareness Week 2016 (12th-16th September).

Organised by the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA), this week is an opportunity to raise awareness of lipreading and for people to attend taster sessions across the country.

The theme of this year's campaign is restaurants, and ATLA is encouraging proprietors to choose a day next week to turn off their music, turn up the lights and use tablecloths to encourage better communication and lipreading. ATLA hopes this will lead to some restaurants becoming hearing-friendly.

To find out more about the week or to find out if a free lipreading taster session (Find website below) is taking place near you, visit or email . For more information about lipreading visit our website.

There are lipreading quizzes, stories from lipreading students and other communication tips!

Free lipreading taster session:


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Kidz to Adultz Scotland

05 September 2016

Kidz to Adultz Scotland (Sponsored by Ontex)

Thursday, 15th September 2016

9:30am - 4:30pm

Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre

Edinburgh, EH28 8NB

Do you know or work with children and/or young people up to the age of 25 with disabilities or additional needs?

Are you a parent, carer, family member supporting a child or young person with a disability or additional needs?

Are you a child or a young adult with a disability or additional needs?

Are you a professional working in this field?

Do you supply equipment or services to any of the above?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then this FREE event is for you!
Disabled Living (One of the North West's oldest disability charities and organisers of the Kidz to Adultz events) is delighted to bring the Kidz to Adultz event back to Scotland for the Third year.

Gain access to over 80+ Exhibitors offering advice and information on funding for equipment, respite etc and information on mobility, seating, bathing, communication accessible vehicles, sensory, services, transitions, education, employment, housing domiciliary care, sports, leisure and much, much more! FREE CPD and Topical Seminars. Boost your CPD portfolio and gain credits by attending one or more of the FREE seminars taking place alongside the exhibition. Topics include: manual handling, toilet training for children with additional needs, sensory processing difficulties; behaviours that challenge; postural challenges and seating solutions; sleep issues; legal rights for children with disabilities; preparing a child for a medical/dental procedure and much more...

You can view the exhibitors' lists and the full program of free seminar on our website:

For more information Or Tel: 0161 607 8200

We do hope you will be able to join us!

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There is a new event coming up soon for parents and toddlers

05 September 2016

Parent and Toddler Group in Hamilton School for the Deaf

For Families of Children aged 0-5 years with a hearing loss or parents with a hearing loss with hearing children aged 0-5 years. Come along, have some fun, refreshments and meet other parents and families.

Friday 14th October 2016

Friday 28th October 2016

10:45 am - 12 noon

Hamilton School for the Deaf

Anderson Street,

Hamilton, ML3 0QL

For more information phone: 01698 823377 or email:

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Message for members from Heather Gray

05 September 2016

1 September 2016

Dear Members

I hope that you are well. I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving the National Deaf Children's Society to take up a new role as Chief Executive with Cosgrove, a Scottish charity specialising in working with children and adults with additional needs. My final day with National Deaf Children’s Society is Friday 2 September 2016.

It has been a hard decision to make the move as I have really enjoyed working with NDCS. The organisation is in a strong position and our recent funding successes mean we will be able to make a positive contribution in Scotland over the coming years to the lives of deaf children, young people and their families. I wanted to thank you for the amazing support and work that you do for NDCS in Scotland and personally for your support to me over the past three years. I have been working closely with Brian Gale, Director of Policy and Campaigns, around a transition plan and we have put in place interim Director arrangements to ensure continuity of leadership in Scotland and Northern Ireland at an important time.

NDCS have appointed Angela Bonomy for a temporary period as the interim Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Angela will start with us on Monday 5 September 2016. Angela joins NDCS with a wealth of experience in sensory impairment. Over the past 13 years she has worked as a senior manager for the Scottish government in a range of roles including leading on the modernisation of audiology services and as national audiology services manager. Angela is well acquainted with the work of NDCS and has served on the Country Advisory Group for NDCS Scotland since it was established.

If you have any queries about the management arrangements for Scotland and Northern Ireland, please contact me or Brian Gale directly.

Very Best Wishes for the future.

Heather Gray

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Visible Cinema at Glasgow Film Theatre

30 August 2016

Visible Cinema at Glasgow Film Theatre is a monthly film club for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences, featuring a captioned or subtitled screening followed by a post-film discussion enhanced by BSL and Speech to Text Service.
Twitter - Keep up to date with news and events from:
@glasgowfilm #VisibleCinema or by liking their new Facebook page:
Facebook@Visible Cinema at GFT

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Availability of Legal Services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

10 August 2016

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) are undertaking a survey of deaf and hard of hearing people to understand their experiences of getting help with civil legal problems. Civil legal problems include things such as divorce, buying a house, and disputes about money or goods.
The purpose of this survey is to improve understanding of the types of problems deaf people face when they look for help with a legal problem. This work is part of their duty to monitor access to legal services. You can take part in the survey using the following link:

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Robson Family Charity Event

29 August 2016

Lynn Robson and her family held a Charity Event yesterday, Sunday, 28th August 2016 from which the proceeds will be donated to WSDCS. The first part of the day quite literally kicked off with a Charity Football Match in Townhead Park with a variety of stalls in the park including:- Crafty Goodness; Tin Tin Treasures; Claire Cut Gemmell Hair Accessories; Catrina's Gifts; Kelly's Sparkle Box; Flava Shaka; Buttercup Dreams; Made for You. This was followed by an event at Cumnock Juniors Social Club with Live Music from Sunset Lane & Los Peros; The Wee Yins Karaoke Disco & a Raffle was also held.
The whole day was a fantastic success. It was enjoyed by everyone and has seen them raise the incredible sum of £2302.37. Lynn wrote:

"Wow jst wow cannot describe the feeling of being overwhelmed with everyone's generosity in taking part in yesterday's charity event the total this morning is now sitting at £2302.37 with donations still coming in I honestly can't thank everyone enough xxx big thanks to all the stalls and everyone who donated prizes also big thank you to Emma Davidson and Marion Gilliland for selling tickets and last but certainly not least thanks to Elaine Suzanne Withers with sunset Lane Connor Johnston with Los Perros and Eleanor Blackwood who helped get the entertainment sorted and turned out the tunes xxx"

On behalf of everyone involved at WSDCS we would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks to Lynn, her family and friends for organising this amazing day, full of fun activities, in aid of our Society. Also a huge thank you to everyone who went along to the event and supported them. We are truly grateful and the money raised will be used to enable us to continue to support deaf children and their families throughout the West of Scotland.

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Clydesdale Bank Foundation

02 August 2016

Linda Mooney and her colleagues at the Clydesdale Bank have once again, very kindly, held fundraising activities in support of WSDCS which resulted in them making a fantastic donation totalling £1820.05. Part of their week long activities was an exhibition of photographs taken by one of their staff Ian Middleton. Ian's work, which we were fortunate enough to be invited along to see, was displayed for sale in the staff restaurant and we were blown away by his amazing talent! But you don't have to take our word for it. You too can view and purchase these photographs by logging onto:- As before all profits will go to our charity.

On behalf of everyone at WSDCS, particularly the children and their families, we would like to thank, Linda, Ian and all of the staff at the Clydesdale Bank for their fantastic fundraising efforts and continued support of the Society.

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NDCS Survey

NDCS have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to research whether Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) would be a better way to deliver audiology services in Scotland. MCNs would ensure all children and people in Scotland would be entitled to the same care, no matter where they live. MCNs also provide the opportunity for families, children and young people to be more involved in the planning and delivery of services.

NDCS need the views of families from across Scotland about the audiology services they currently receive. You can help with this by completing the survey at:

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Power In Our Hands

15 June 2016

Glasgow Film Theatre is proud to share the documentation video for their successful school & public screenings of POWER IN OUR HANDS A compilation of historical archive footage of the Deaf community.
In an exciting twist of fate, a group of builders accidently stumbled across long-lost film from the British Deaf Assocation, dating back to the 1930s. The forgotten footage has now been compiled into a documentary with its narrative being the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf rights. This film presents Deaf people as an active and resilient community that have long-campaigned for their language to be recognised.
You can view the film on

Glasgow Film Theatre would like to say a big thank you to their audiences and to Geraldine Heaney for making this film. Thank you also to the BDA and the ICO for their support through this journey.

Join us on @glasgowfilm #visiblecinema http://WWW.GLASGOWFILM.ORG

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NDCS Family Sign Language Classes

01 June 2016

Family Sign Language Glasgow
Learn to sign with your deaf child and their siblings!
Your Child, Your Choices is delighted to offer Family Sign Language sessions for the whole family. Deaf children aged 4 - 8 and siblings aged 4+ are invited to join you in NDCS's fun, interactive sessions which will show you how to use signs in everyday communication. Childcare facilities are available for children aged 0-3 years.

When: Saturday 18th June 2016; Saturday 25th June 2016; Saturday 2nd July 2016; Saturday 9th July 2016; Saturday 16th July 2016; Saturday 25th July 2016;

Where: Touchbase, Glasgow

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

For more information: Call 0141 354 7856 or email for more informati

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Paul Wilson’s Edinburgh Marathon

24 May 2016

Paul Wilson is running in the Edinburgh Marathon, this Sunday, 29th May 2016, on behalf of West Scotland Deaf Children's Society. Paul says "I am running my first full marathon for West Scotland Deaf Children's Society because I want to help support young deaf people." Paul has already raised funds by organising bag packing at Morrison's in Johnstone last month.

On behalf of all the children and their families we would like to thank Paul for all his efforts. We truly appreciate everything he is doing in aid of WSDCS and wish him the very best of luck for Sunday. Thank you Paul & Good Luck!,

Please support Paul by visiting his justgiving page at

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New BSL (Scotland) Act YNAG Facebook Group

23 May 2016

There is now a closed Facebook group established - BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 YNAG - for deaf young people aged 10 to 18 years old - it is a place where deaf young people can share their ideas, feelings, views with other peers and also to support the three representatives of the Youth National Advisory Group (YNAG). Please pass this information on to let any deaf young people know about this group - we want to ensure that there are as many deaf young people aged 10 to 18 years old as possible involved with the YNAG: their future is so important!
A young person should be 13 years old to have a Facebook profile; so if that is the case with any deaf young people that wish to participate then please do let Alison Hendry know and she will arrange for alternative access to information for these deaf young people.

If there are any problems or questions please get in touch with Alison Hendry, Youth Participation Officer, Deaf Action by email at or Mobile (SMS only) 07891 173627 or by Skype: AlisonHendry16.

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Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland presents Transitions 20/40

10 May 2016

Transitions 20/40 seeks to help people from key Scottish postcodes who would like to study either Dance, Drama, Music, Production or Screen at a higher level, but are unsure of how to. The Royal Conservatoire supports those who have the talent and show commitment by offering free access to Royal Conservatoire workshops, classes and short courses in preparation for audition or training at a higher education level. They can also offer help with other costs, such as travel. This opportunity is available to those 15 and older who have skills in painting, design, woodworking or film-making. They are accepting applications for the 2016/2017 academic year. For an application or more information, visit their site here -

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NDCS Events Calendar

13 April 2016

The new NDCS Events calendar for April to October 2016 is now available. Check it out at

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BSL Youth National Advisory Group

04 April 2016


Young Deaf people empowered by BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Youth National Advisory Group members announced

In March 2016, a new expert National Advisory Group (NAG) was set up to support the implementation of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act that was given royal assent last October. The Act puts a duty on Scottish Ministers and public bodies to put in place a British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan by October 2017. Today, the Youth representatives have been named and will represent the opinions and views of young Deaf people, whose first or preferred language is BSL, in this group.

Five Deaf adults whose first or preferred language is BSL as well as a hearing parent of a Deaf child whose first or preferred language is BSL, a Deaf parent of a Deaf child and two Deafblind BSL users were announced last month. The public bodies' representatives were announced at the same time. Deaf Action and National Deaf Children's Society Scotland (NDCS Scotland) on behalf of the Deaf Sector Partnership facilitated a number of workshops for young Deaf people between the ages of 10 and 18 (21 years of age if the person has been in care). These workshops then fed into a group that is now known as the Youth NAG (YNAG). This YNAG will be a forum for young Deaf people whose first or preferred language is BSL across Scotland to share and discuss their views and experiences, which will then be taken to the NAG by the young Deaf people elected to represent them. The YNAG elected three of their number to the NAG. While it was originally envisaged that there would be two elected representatives, circumstances led to three being elected.

The representatives are:

Abbie Steggles: Comes from a hearing family and is bilingual in BSL and English. She has been attending classes to improve her BSL which she really enjoys. She wants better BSL access in schools as this would help to break down the barriers that BSL users face on a daily basis. Abbie is very enthusiastic about ensuring that young Deaf people are included as much as possible.

Amy Dawson: Comes from a Deaf family with Deaf parents. She has been a BSL user from birth. She is passionate about improving services in education, particularly ensuring that a Deaf child receives as much BSL support as possible throughout their school years. Amy has experience of meeting politicians so feels confident that she will be able to represent the views on behalf of young deaf people in Scotland.

Lewis Ross: Comes from a Deaf family with Deaf parents and two hearing brothers. He has been a BSL user from birth. He is passionate about helping BSL to be more widely recognised and that BSL users feel happy and comfortable using their language.

For further information, please contact Derek Todd, Project Officer, Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) at or Janis McDonald, Chief Officer, Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) at .

British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015. National Advisory Group.

Deaf Sector Partnership members.

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NDCS Resources

23 March 2016

Here are links to some NDCS resources that will be of interest to our deaf children and young people, particularly those who are getting ready to move into college, university or employment.

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Donna & Kirsti’s Kiltwalk 2016

16 March 2016

"We are doing 'The Mighty Stride' 26 miles for West Scotland Deaf Children's Society because we support WSDCS work helping families adjust. We are walking this year to raise essential funds for the West of Scotland Deaf Children Society in appreciation of the fantastic support they have provided to our missing Amigo (Siobhan who is unable to join in the challenge this year) when needed to adjust to her daughters hearing difficulties."

You can show your support to Donna & Kirsti by visiting their justgiving page:-

Good luck Ladies! You have our sincere thanks and admiration!

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Scottish Youth Parliament - Speak Your Mind Campaign

16 March 2016

The Scottish Youth Parliament's latest campaign is around the issue of young people's mental health and wellbeing and it is called Speak your Mind. Details of the campaign can be found here -

It would be of great assistance to the campaign if as many young people as possible complete the Speak Your Mind Survey, using this link:-

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BSL National Advisory Group Appointed

15 March 2016

BSL (Scotland) Act gains momentum - National Advisory Group members announced.

A new expert advisory group has been appointed to support the implementation of legislation which will improve the way public services meet the needs of Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users. This follows the introduction of the historic BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 last September, which recognised BSL as a language of Scotland, and will result in the first BSL Action Plan. Eight Deaf BSL users were recruited, as well as a hearing parent of a Deaf child, to work alongside public bodies - such as Creative Scotland, COSLA and the NHS - to support the implementation of the Act.

Minister for Scotland's Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan, announced the names today. He said: "It was a very competitive process, and we are very pleased with the new members we have recruited to help make BSL a key consideration for the public sector in Scotland. These people come from a range of backgrounds. Their skills and experience, and first-hand knowledge of the barriers Deaf BSL users face will play an important role in developing Scotland's first BSL National Plan. We're determined to ensure the new BSL legislation makes a real, practical difference to the lives of Deaf BSL users in Scotland. I am certain the BSL representatives we have appointed will ensure we do just that."

The representatives are:

Alison Marshall was born Deaf and began to lose her sight at age 12 with Usher Syndrome. Alison volunteers for 'Usher's Social' - bringing together Deafblind people from all over Scotland

Andrew Kay recently returned from working in the civil service in England to his native Scotland to champion BSL as a native language - a first language for many Deaf people.

Brian McCann works as an equality and diversity training officer for a local authority, and is the father of five Deaf children who use BSL. He said: "I am delighted at being accepted to represent Deaf BSL users, there are so many facets within the Deaf world and I think NAG will be a perfect opportunity to showcase them, promoting awareness and accommodate much sought after resolutions."

Charlotte Addison works at an Additional Supported Learning school in Glasgow. She comes from a Deaf family, has a Deaf husband, and three hearing children.

Debra Wherrett grew up using BSL, but as her vision deteriorated, she began using Hands on BSL. She teaches Deafblind Communication and Deafblind Awareness.

Leona Glennie has used BSL all her life, and is losing her sight due to Usher Syndrome. She works for a Deaf charity in Aberdeen.

Moira Ross grew up with a hearing family, is married to a Deaf BSL husband and has two boys, one of whom is Deaf. Moira is studying drama at university. She said: "I am surprised and pleased because I fully support the Deaf community having access to resources and improving services. I am also excited that over the next two years we will hopefully make a lot of changes for Deaf people in Scotland."

Natalie Greenall - has vast experience volunteering with Deaf children and young people with additional support needs. Natalie is a new mum to a Deaf boy.

Hearing parent of a Deaf child, Lesley Ann Martin, uses BSL and works for a local authority as a Pupil Support Assistant. Lesley has devoted 10 years of her time for a local Deaf children's charity.

The two remaining places will be taken by Deaf people who are under 18 years old, and will be filled later this month. All members will be appointed to the group for two years, and will oversee the development of the first BSL National Plan.

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FREE Music Course

15 February 2016

Free music course for 14-25s

This course is starting up in February at the Tramway and Stereo. It's free and funded by YMI. It's aimed at any young person interested in getting involved in music, and particularly those who might not normally have access to this sort of opportunity. They are looking for people who can already play something, and people with a passion for music but don't necessarily have instrumental skills. They will teach you how to create music using software, and how to work with live musicians to perform it. The course supports any genre of music. HypeSound FREE Electronic/Live Composing & Collaboration course;

Featuring top DJ/Production outfit tigerstyle and maverick instrumentalist Michael Bryan; 6 monthly weekend sessions bringing together young live musicians and electronic composers (aged 14-25) with inspiring professional musicians, finishing with a live performance and demo recording.

Where: Multi-arts space the Tramway, 25 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE - next to Pollockshields East train station and Popular bar and gig venue Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Ln, Glasgow, G2 6PH - near Central Station

When: Dates and times: Saturday 20th Feb 10.30-3.30 - Stereo; Saturday 12th March 10.30-3.30 - Tramway; Saturday 26th March 10.30-3.30 - Tramway; Sunday 17th April 11.30-4.00 - Stereo; Saturday 21st May 10.30-3.30 - Tramway; Saturday 18th June 10.30-3.30 - Stereo, with evening concert.

How to sign up: Places are FREE but limited. To get the most out of the course it's best that you can come to all the sessions. To sign up, or for more information email

Supported by Time To Shine/Youth Music Initiative from Creative Scotland.

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Financial Inclusion Survey

15 February 2016

Financial Inclusion Survey - Have Your Say!

Under the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, young people have the right to express their views on services that affect them. Glasgow Life would like to hear young peoples' views on some financial services that they may use. This survey can be completed anonymously if you wish and if you choose not to enter the free prize draw, no personal identifying information will be collected. This short survey should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to complete and the link can be found here: Survey and Prize Draw close at midnight on Sunday 27 March 2016.

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Prince’s Trust Opportunity

15 February 2016

Prince's Trust Team Programme

12 Week Personal Development Programme

City of Glasgow College - Riverside Campus

An exciting new opportunity

Are you 16 - 25 and looking for a new challenge? Do you want to develop your skills? Gain Qualifications? Take part in team building activities, community project and work placement? Meet New Friends? Why not take part in the Prince's Trust 12 week personal development programme?

When: Next Start date : 14th March

Where: City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus

Contact: Nicola Team Leader 07910 179 932; Contact Nicola NOW to find out more information!

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Theory Test Pro - New online Resource in Glasgow Libraries

19 January 2016

New Online Resources in Glasgow Libraries

Glasgow Libraries now subscribe to a new online resource - Theory Test Pro

Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card. If you don't already have a library card you can join online or visit your nearest library. These resources are available via the Research 24/7 web page and their online catalogue where you will also find a wide range of other online resources.

Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests.

How to sign up for Theory Test Pro: When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This allows you to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practice for the test.

Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card.

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Scottish Youth Parliament - Lead The Way

15 December 2015

Lead the Way will be the Scottish Youth Parliament's 2016-2021 Manifesto. Through this manifesto, young people's voices will be at the forefront of shaping society to ensure all young people can lead the way to a future they want to see for Scotland. If you would like to contribute please participate by using the following link.

For young people to participate in the Youth manifesto.

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Action On Hearing Loss Survey

15 December 2015

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland are currently conducting a survey with people who use NHS hearing aids about the types of information and support they have received from NHS audiology and other hearing support services.

Like us, they believe that children/young adults, in every community, should be able to easily and conveniently access the full range of person-centred information and support needed to manage hearing loss in their everyday life. Through their survey, they want to find out about which parts of services are working well and where there may be room for improvement. They are also interested in finding out about the extent to which the levels of information and support varies for people living in different parts of Scotland.

We are delighted to promote this survey to deaf children and their parents/guardians in the west of Scotland. The survey can be completed online at and paper copies and/or alternate formats such as, large print or British Sign Language, can be requested by emailing or calling telephone: 0141 341 5330.

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BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 - New Facebook Group

06 October 2015

We want to share the exciting news that there is a new Facebook group called BSL (Scotland) Act (2015) which was launched on 1 October. This is a follow up from the transition from the Scottish Parliament's BSL (Scotland) Bill Facebook group, to this new Facebook as part of the Deaf Sector Partnership project. So far it has over 1,500 members which is excellent news. Please join and support it

British Sign Language (Scotland) Act (2015)

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BSL (Scotland) Bill - History is made!

27 October 2015

A historic step forward was accomplished on Thursday, 22nd October 2015 when we were delighted to receive news from the Scottish Government that Royal Assent has been formally confirmed and so we can now refer to the BSL (Scotland) Act.

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Congratulations to Kenny Fraser

31 August 2015

In August, Kenny Fraser, Teacher of the Deaf in Ayrshire but also known to many of you as the man behind the primary school football tournament; and who is equally invaluable to the Secondary School tournament, was presented with an SFA grassroots award for South West Region for disability football. This award was in recognition of the Primary football festival he is instrumental in organising for deaf children. The award ceremony was at the Kilmarnock v Celtic game on 12th August. Kenny, modest as ever, accepted it on behalf of the team effort of all of the people and organisations, including WSDCS who contribute to make the day such a success. Congratulations Kenny from everyone at WSDCS for this sincerely deserved honour!

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Colin Mackie’s 31st Great Scottish Run

25 August 2015

On 4th October, Colin Mackie will be taking part in his 31st Bank of Scotland, Great Scottish Run in aid of West Scotland Deaf Children's Society. Colin is known to many of you and is a long time supporter of our charity. Over the years he has raised thousands of pounds, for which we are eternally grateful. Once again, Colin is taking up this challenge in support of the work we do and we hope that you too will want to support Colin in this event. You can do so by logging on to his jusgiving page

Good Luck Colin and sincere thanks for all of your fundraising activities.

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The Connellys Edinburgh Marathon 2015

29 July 2015

Lynn and Alan Connelly ran the incredible 26.2 miles of the Edinburgh Marathon, on 31st May this year, and in doing so raised the astonishing sum of £1222.20 (excluding gift aid) for West Scotland Deaf Children's Society. It's a fantastic achievement and we would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them from everyone at WSDCS for their energy, commitment and continued support. We are all truly grateful!

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Kiltwalk 2014

29 July 2015

Kiltwalk 2014 - Team Bravo Royale

West Scotland Deaf Children's Society are absolutely delighted to announce that we have now received the Kiltwalk Grant for 2014 which is an amazing £2714.06.

On behalf of everyone at WSDCS - the staff, trustees, parents, families and most importantly the children, we would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those from Team Bravo Royale who took on this incredible challenge in support of our charity; and also to everyone who sponsored them. Not only did they complete the Kiltwalk in 2014 - they did it again this year! We are truly grateful to each and every one of you.

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Euan’s Guide - Accessible Places

01 April 2015

West Scotland Deaf Children's Society's members, and their families and carers, have been asked if we could kindly get involved with Euan's Guide by submitting recommendations and reviews of accessible venues that they have visited. is a website and app that helps disabled people find out whether the places they want to visit are accessible to them.

It's simply a matter of registering then visiting - They already have over 1700 venues and reviews on the website, of which the information provided is proving invaluable to disabled people, but West Scotland has found itself a little under-represented! The reviews can be for any place that can be visited, especially tourist attractions, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Please feel free to take a look through the reviews they have so far. They would greatly appreciate if you could spread the word and encourage more people to share their experiences of disabled access through Euan's Guide.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Euan's Guide on 0131 5105106 and ask for Kevin Glover.

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Getting It Right For Every Child - Update

24 March 2015

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on detailed guidance that supports parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This Act is a new law that will give children, young people and their families extra support and will encourage everyone to talk about children's wellbeing using the same words. The consultation on the guidance is due to run until 1 May. It is mainly aimed at the people who support your child - including parents' organisations - but individual parents are welcome to get involved if they wish. You can take part in the consultation via this link:

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BSL - Launch of Online Video Relay Interpreting Service Pilot

25 February 2015

We are delighted to advise you of the forthcoming launch of phase 2 of the NHS 24 BSL online Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot which is being extended to all public services on Monday 2nd March 2015.

Currently, the Scottish Government is funding an NHS 24 online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot which aims to improve access to health services for people in Scotland who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. This pilot is helping to tackle the barriers and discrimination that the Deaf community face and supports public services in meeting their legal obligations in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010 and Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

In recognition that the Deaf Community deserves to have access to the same public services as everyone else, Ministers have agreed that the NHS 24 pilot should be extended to the rest of the public sector in Scotland and rebranded contactSCOTLAND.

This is a new cutting edge programme - it is the first nationally funded public sector Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot in the UK. It is a significant development for the Deaf community and more information on how the service will work can be found at The website includes a video clip in BSL.
From Monday, 2nd March 2015 service users will be able to contact any public service they need through the BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service. The new extended service will allow Deaf people throughout Scotland to use BSL to make contact (webcam/signing) with public services, such as, their Doctor, Police Scotland (not Emergency 999 calls), Council Services, Housing, Social Work and NHS 24. This new service is part of a range of communication measures and does not replace, for example, the traditional face to face interpreting services which currently exist.

Please help us pass this information on to anyone who may benefit from it, to ensure that our Deaf community get fair and equal access to public services in the same way as others.

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Entertainment & Activities

21 January 2015

New and updated information has been posted on the NDCS website regarding:-

Entertainment apps for deaf young people;
Communicating in public places;
& Making activities deaf friendly for early years, primary & secondary aged deaf young people.

You can access this information and more by logging onto

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Skills Development Scotland - New Resource

22 December 2014

Skills Development Scotland have launched a new site 'My World of Work' for parents. This resource was developed in response to research that revealed parents find it difficult to provide their children with career and learning advice, and are unaware of resources available to them.
This site is designed to help parents guide their children from as early as 13 years of age. Parents can identify their child's skills and find out what subjects would best suit their child. Parents can then support and develop their child's skills and give the right advice on his/her education and career path.
The Education authorities have brought this new resource to our attention and asked us to make you aware of what they hope you will see as a very useful resource to assist you and your child in planning their future!

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WSDCS Winter Party Supported by Better Breaks - Short Break Fund

14 February 2016

WSDCS Winter Party 2016

This year's Winter Party took place on Saturday, 6th February 2016, at Deaf Connections. We had a great turnout and the children thoroughly enjoyed all the fun with our children's entertainer 'Freddy Whizz' and Alex the Magician! The children, laughed, played & even limbo danced!! & there were gifts for all of the children.

WSDCS and all of our families would like to sincerely thank the Better Breaks, Short Breaks Fund for supporting this event.

We are already looking forward to next year's party!!

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WSDCS Newsletter

29 July 2014

WSDCS are hoping to publish their latest newsletter in the very near future. To cut down on postage costs we would like to email as many copies of this as possible. If you are happy to receive your copy this way, please send your current email address to

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Craigholme School Youth & Philanthropy Initiative

08 July 2014

Earlier this year, five young ladies from Craigholme School: Zahra, Eman, Julianne, Hannah & Bethan selected West Scotland Deaf Children's Society as the charity they would like to represent in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. They began by researching our charity on the Internet; interviewed us at the office; and then accompanied us on the Saturday Club's outing to Scotland Street School where they got the opportunity to meet the children and their parents. We were then invited to attend their presentation at Craigholme School where they competed against 6 other groups who were presenting on behalf of their chosen charities:- Special Olympics West; West of Scotland Federation of Swimming Clubs for People with a Disability; The Blue Triangle Trust; Leonard Cheshire Disabilities; WAVES (Women Against Violent Environments);& DASH (Depression & Anxiety Support & Help).

We were given a warm welcome at the school and shown to our seats where we eagerly awaited the presentations.The competition is to determine how well the groups performed with the task set. YPI engages students with their community and develops teamwork, communication, research and presentation skills. All of the groups performed, in front of the judges and an invited audience, to a very high standard and it was clear to everyone that it would be a very difficult choice as any of the groups or charities would have been worthy recipients of the grant. The girls did us proud! Their presentation was excellent using speech and BSL to explain what we do; role play to show what it is like to be a deaf child in a hearing world; and an original poem penned by Hannah was read aloud. This brought tears to our eyes and touched everyone!

The judges understandably spent quite some considerable time deliberating, during which time we were entertained with music and songs by the pupils. Everyone was praised for their sterling work but there could only be one winner and it was with much pride that we saw the girls win the competition and succeed in gaining the grant for WSDCS. It was well deserved. The understanding and empathy shown for our children was exceptional and the girls are a credit to their families and their school. We invited the girls to attend our End of Term Celebrations where they announced to the children and their parents that they had been successful in winning £3000 for our charity. Hannah's poem was read and was again met with much emotion. It is with much gratitude and pride that we thank Zahra, Eman, Julianne, Hannah & Bethan for choosing our charity and for the wonderful way in which they represented us. We hope that they will keep in touch with us and the children we represent. Hannah's poem is reproduced below with her permission:-

'A life without sound'

By Hannah Gilchrist

Imagine a world without sound

Imagine not being able to hear your heart pound

A world of silence, not even a peep

Memories of laughter you could never keep

Everything would be on mute, even your parent's voice

This is a life that is not chosen by choice

So help people like this

You have the opportunity to make their life bliss.

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Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Hearing Services Working Group

Yorkhill Hospital Childrens Hearing Services Working Group.

The Audiology Department would appreciate your help!

The Childrens Hearing Services Working Group (CHSWG) is looking for some parents and young people that would be willing to volunteer and represent the views of families on the Group.

The CHSWG meets 3 or 4 times a year. The meetings currently take place in the afternoons in the city centre. There are a wide variety of people and professions who attend the meetings and all are involved with the care and support of children with hearing impairment and deafness.

The main aim of the Group is to assist with strategic planning of services to improve the service that is provided for children with hearing impairment and deafness throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

If you would be interested in finding out more you can do this by speaking to any of the WSDCS staff or by contacting Jim Harrigan at Audiology Department Telephone 0141 201 9210 or

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Diversity Jobs - the equal opportunities careers and jobs website

19 May 2014

Diversity Jobs is an organisation that strives to help members of the deaf community find the right career path suited to them. We research available careers, liaise with employers large and small, promote accessibility, equality and diversity in everything we do, and are now the go-to resource for employers, careers advisors and candidates.

Regardless of where you are from, what your beliefs are, your age, gender, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, in fact anything at all that makes you unique. We want you to feel welcome here.

Our website address is

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13 May 2014

Three of our youths from WSDCS are progressing through the ranks of deaf swimming, Shiona's McClafferty, Lewis McCulloch & Fraser McCulloch are all members of WSDCS and the Great Britain Deaf Swimming Team.
Shiona is also a member of Lanark Amateur Swimming Club, training six times per week . She represented South Lanarkshire at the Scottish Gas National Open Championships that took place at Tollcross in Glasgow in April this year.
Shiona was named Junior Female Sports Performer of the Year at South Lanarkshire Council's Disability Awards, which took place in Hamilton on 20th February 2014. She received her award from Councillor David Watson in recognition of her swimming and other successes in 2013.

Lewis & Fraser swim for Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club & Port Glasgow Otters (disability team), they also train in Glasgow & Stirling as part of West Scotland & National Disability teams.They recently competed in Sheffield as part of the Scottish Disability Swiming team
The boys have also been chosen to carry the Commonwealth Baton on 14th July.

All 3 competed at the GB National Deaf Championships in Loughborough on 12th April 2014. Shiona competed in six events, winning a Gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke and Silver medals in four events, 100m Freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m breast and 200 IM. She won bronze in the 50m fly. She achieved personal best times in all six events.
Lewis & Fraser also competed in six events with Lewis obtaining a national record, for his age group, in breast stroke. The boys had a tally of 4 golds and 3 silvers from their events.

They all really value being part of the GB Deaf Swimming Team. The fact that this allows them to train and swim with other deaf swimmers from across the UK. They enjoy the social aspect of mixing with their deaf peers.
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08 May 2014

Do you find it difficult to access sport due to communcation barriers or want to be more active and are interested in learning Judo? Look no further as a profoundly deaf and fully qualified Judo coach aims to provide Judo sessions to deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, deafblind and sensory impaired people including those who have the addition of learning and physical disabilities.

For more information or if you have specific questions, please contact Enrique Canton by e mail at or text him on 07867 304931

If in the meantime you are keen to try it out, Judo Scotland in collaboration with Scottish Disability Support are running Introduction to Judo Sessions as part of their Sensory Impairment Awareness Days at Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 on
Saturday,10th May and Saturday 17th May from 1 pm to 3 pm, Cost - FREE

To book or for more information, please email or by phone on 0131 333 2981

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Yorkhill Families Money Advice

08 May 2014

WSDCS is pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with the Yorkhill Families Money and Debt Advice Support Service based at Yorkhill hospital. Whilst we can and will continue to give you advice and guidance regarding DLA, this service can also offer you assistance with all aspects of money and benefits advice. They offer free, quality assured, independent, confidential and impartial advice. So if you need help with money worries, budgeting advice or benefit applications please contact us at

WSDCS office on 0141 243 2958; or by email at

or Michael Allan, Money Adviser on 0141 201 0027 or 07903 094 878

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WSDCS & The Symphony of Dreams Trust congratulated in the Scottish Parliament

24 March 2014

Bill Kidd, MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party lodges a motion in the Scottish Parliament to congratulate WSDCS and The Symphony of Dreams Charitable Trust. - Making Dreams Come True

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The Symphony of Dreams Trust brings music & drama to West Scotland Deaf Childrens Society

24 March 2014

WSDCS had a musical dream, to bring music into the lives of deaf children and to show the world that deaf children can be involved in a music and drama project, The Dreamer. On Saturday, 1st February 2014, that dream became a reality!

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WSDCS Fundraiser

01 April 2014

A Charity Concert in aid of West Scotland Deaf Children's Society and Homestart with ZIG ZAG CHOIR Plus guest singers took place on Friday, 28th March 2014 at the Inchinnan Masonic Club.

The choir, individual singers and musicians treated us to a wonderful evening's entertainment as we sang along to songs both old and new!

The event, which was a complete sell out was enjoyed by everyone and we thank those of you who came along to support the choir and our Charity.

The magnificent sum of £1215.76 was raised on the night and this was shared between WSDCS and Homestart - the two charities nominated by the

choir. Our total was rounded up to £620.88 with a generous donation from one of our Mum's at the Saturday Club.

Our grateful thanks to the Zig Zag Choir and May O'Neill for organising this event.

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Rachels Blog

05 September 2016

Here is an update of what has been happening at the Saturday Club from our own deaf young lady who gives up her time to volunteer and be a positive role model for our younger deaf children, Blog by Rachel Dochery

Hello! Here is another update of the Saturday Club!

On Saturday we made paper airplanes to help us test the laws of Gravity! Picture this: children cheering while their handmade planes soar high in the room and raced against each other; sighing when their planes crashed and rushing to make another plane to beat all the others! If you think that’s it, think again! We turned to paper rockets when planes just won’t do. While the rockets could not fly well, they made up to it in size, colour and height.

We rounded off the day with a great game of throwing the ball and even the parents joined in too!

Don't forget to look out for our new programme of events and keep up to date with all the new activities!

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Grants for disabled or seriously ill children

10 January 2014

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Future Events

21 March 2014

Youth Group

Saturday Club

See events page for further details

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New Events planned for children and young people

21 March 2014

We have lots of new activities planned for WSDCS children and young people in the coming month. See all the details in the Events section of the website.

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