Deafblind Scotland Winter 2016 E-Newsletter
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drawing of the new centre
Field of Dreams Report November 2016
At last the new structure on the “Field of Dreams” site  can be seen from all around. The steel frame for the  building is now in place and work has begun on the floors.
Fundraising continued apace with the Dinner Dance held on 29th October which should raise £4,000 when all monies are in. The Lenzie’s Got Talent concert on 12th November raised £250. DbS are on target to raise the £1,523,000 needed. However we continue to fundraise for the vital specialist internal adaptations and equipment needed to make the centre fully accessible to all deafblind people.

Please do share our new campign with your friends, family and colleagues. "Pick a Brick" for Deafblind Scotland. Text "PICK05 £5" or other donation amount to 70070.
Deafblind Scotland Chairman retires from Shell.
Pictured above is a Deafblind Friendly award being presented by Bob Nolan (DbS Chair) to his colleague Dave Whitcombe of Shell. Dave has been a front tandem rider along with Simon Small for the past five years, cycling to work every day, often at peak times, along an old railway path. The journey was the highlight of Bob’s day, 5 miles there and back,  rain or shine summer or winter.  Bob, who had worked at Shell for 31 years, received a myriad of gifts from all around the world, India, Nigeria, Holland, Norway, from the teams he had worked with. In addition Deafblind Scotland received a collection taken on the evening totalling £335, towards the Field of Dreams project.  We wish Bob well in his retirement.
Connect to Welfare Rights project continues to develop and is still successfully applying for varied benefits for both deafblind and visually impaired people including PIP, ESA and Attendance Allowance it has seen financial gains of more than £550,000 for the people whom it has supported. During this time of welfare reform and financial hardship we have assisted over 150 sensory impaired adults to claim benefits that they were previously unaware they were entitled to.

Since the project began, in August 2014, we have assisted deafblind and visually impaired adults to resolve issues and receive information on a range of topics, including benefits, housing, travel, utility companies, consumer problems and their local authorities, which they previously had difficulty accessing.

The project has been runner up for two awards recently, Communities Charity of the year at the Charity Champions Award and  Partnership Working at SCOD awards. We were delighted that Deafblind Scotland won Disability Charity of the Year at the Charity Champions Award.

We attended and spoke at STUC Disability Conference recently and also SOPA Conference at the Scottish Parliament. We continue to raise awareness.

Please contact Helen Campbell on 0141 777 5831 or with any queries or referrals.
Health inequality must end say MSPs
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Macular Society cigarette packaging campaign called for the EU to implement a directive, which would put sight loss warnings on cigarette packets. The directive has now come into force and 'smoking increases the risk of blindness' will be included among the 13 other warnings.
Deafblind Scotland News
Deafblind Scotland were the overall winners of
Disability Charity of the Year at the recent Charity Champions Awards.

We were also runners up in:
Health Charity of the Year and
Communities Charity of the Year

Well done to all our members, volunteers and staff!
Care Inspectorate Report

Deafblind Scotland was recently inspected by the Care Inspectorate and received a very good report. You can read the report here.

Training Courses

We provide customised training to meet your needs.
Training can take place at your business location, an alternative site of your choice or at our accredited Training Centre in Lenzie.

Training is delivered by our resident Training Officer, Stephen Joyce, who is himself deafblind, and deafblind facilitators. Email Stephen for more information.

Courses available include:

  • An Awareness of Deafblindness
  • Deafblind Awareness in a Care Home Setting
  • Hands-on Signing with Deafblind People
Police Scotland Equalities Outcomes Review
An opportunity to give your views and shape Police Scotland's Equality and Diversity Outcomes 2017-2021. Click here for more information.
Visible Cinema at Glasgow Film Theatre is a pioneering deaf and hard of hearing monthly film club that screens a number of subtitled,  captioned and audio described films at GFT throughout the month.
The monthly screening incorporates BSL interpretation and Speech To Text Reporting plus a BSL interpreted post-film discussion led by an expert guest speaker.
Find out more about Visible Cinema, and stay up to date with news and events by liking Visible Cinema at GFT on Facebook (

Deafblind Scotland aims to help people in Scotland live as rightful members of their own communities. Membership is free to anyone who has a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems with communication, information and mobility. To refer a person call 0141 777 6111 or email

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