British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL
The online British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting service, contactSCOTLAND, is unique in the UK and is the first nationally funded public sector Video Relay Service (VRS). It connects Deaf BSL users throughout Scotland through a dedicated team of interpreters to the Third Sector as well as the Public Sector.
The Scottish Government-funded service, which allows Deaf people across Scotland to contact public sector services using sign language, is being extended to community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the contactSCOTLAND-BSL Service has been rolled out to the Third Sector. Until now, the service could only be used to contact public sector agencies, however, to mark the success of the pilot one year on, today the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn, MSP has announced a further service improvement by extending access to third sector organisations – comprising community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers. For further information, we have attached the letter below.
contactSCOTLAND Review 2015
The Deaf Sector Partnership supported the Scottish Government to review contactSCOTLAND-BSL. The review report can be downloaded here.
Information about the review is available below: