The Deaf Sector Partners are:
The Scottish Government Equality Unit
As funder and project controller, the Scottish Government Equality Unit is ultimately in charge of the partnership. In this respect, the Equality Unit will:
- maintain an overview of the work of the partnership;
- provide direction and guidance to ensure that the activities of the partnership contribute directly to the Scottish Government’s priorities around implementation of the Act;
- negotiate changes to the work programme as appropriate, as the government’s approach to implementation of the Act develops; and
- provide updates and communication to the partnership as the Act progresses.
Hilary Third – Partnership Controller and Secretariat of the BSL National Advisory Group
Derek Todd – DSP Co-ordinator (Derek is employed by SCoD but works in Victoria Quay 2 days per week supporting Hilary Third)
Gordon Hay – BSL Policy Officer – joined Scottish Government in May 2017
Linda Richards – BSL Monitoring Officer – joined Scottish Government in May 2017
The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF)
VAF will provide:
Monitoring and grant management support – through quarterly finance reports and authorising each quarter payments. VAF will monitor quarterly progress reports and provide feedback to each organisation shortly after a report has been submitted. Guidance, support and training will be available for those who need it. Grant requirement details have been provided to each organisation.
Development support – is offered to each organisation in terms of on-going support with tracking progress, challenges and changes to project programmes.
Co-ordination – VAF will support the co-ordination of some of the Deaf Sector Partnership group activities alongside SCoD. VAF will assist in the preparation of agendas and act as Chair for partnership meetings.
Connections and sharing – VAF will ensure linking and sharing of learning and good practice with other equality funded organisations, through other cluster groups and partnership opportunities. Learning will also be is shared more widely and opportunities identified to ensure that the work is linked and shared with others where appropriate.
Communication – VAF will support the DSP Co-ordinator and the Scottish Government with the overall co-ordination of the programme. Activities will be delivered as and when required. Information will be provided for Scottish Government as requested in terms of progress and developments. VAF and the DSP Co-ordinator will support the effective communication between all partner organisations.
Neil Bird – Partnership Support and Monitoring
The British Deaf Association Scotland (BDA)
The BDA Scotland will:
- Ensure the Deaf BSL using community are fully aware, engaged and able to contribute to the development of the first BSL National Plan;
- Support the development of the BSL National Advisory Group so that it delivers on the requirements of the BSL (Scotland) Act; and
- Improve and increase communication with the Deaf BSL using community.
Deaf Action will:
- Support the development of the BSL National Advisory Group so that it delivers on the requirements of the BSL (Scotland) Act; and develop and support the Youth National Advisory Group (YNAG);
- Engage with Deaf BSL users to ensure reach and all BSL users within protected characteristic groups have opportunities to be involved and have the opportunity to participate in the development of the BSL National Plan; and
- Support public bodies to improve their knowledge and understanding of the needs of people whose first or preferred language is BSL so that they can change effectively to be more inclusive and meet the requirements of the BSL (Scotland) Act.
Aidan McCorry – left Deaf Action in February 2017
Deafblind Scotland will:
- Develop and support the DbNAG and support the two Deafblind representative members on the BSL NAG to contribute to the work of the BSL NAG;
- Engage with Deafblind people whose first or preferred language is BSL, in particular those with other protected characteristics, and ensure all have the opportunity to participate in the development of the first BSL National Plan; and
- Support public bodies to improve their knowledge and understanding of the needs of Deafblind people whose first or preferred language is BSL so that they can change effectively to be more inclusive and meet the requirements of the BSL (Scotland) Act.
National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland (NDCS Scotland)
NDCS Scotland will:
- Empower deaf young people and parents of deaf children to share their experiences and help redress the current imbalances experienced by deaf children and young people every day.
- Support the Parent NAG (PNAG) and the hearing parents’ representatives on the BSL NAG.
Angela Bonomy – took up post in NDCS in 2017
Katie Rafferty – left NDCS in April 2017
Anne-Marie Sandison – on leave from 2016
Jo Bowie – cover for Anne-Marie’s leave period
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)
- Provide effective co-ordination, clear messages and improved communications to ensure a fully functioning Deaf Sector Partnership will actively support the National Advisory Group which in turn will draft and publish the first BSL National Plan;
- Ensure that people whose first or preferred language is BSL and their communities are fully engaged and involved in the work of the BSL NAG; and
- Support national and local public bodies to prepare to meet their legislative requirements.