£25,000 award will aid lives of deafblind people

A funding boost of �25,000 awarded to Deaf Blind Scotland from Scottish Government Community Empowerment Minister Malcolm Biagi. With Suzanne Abate-Services Manager, Ruth Dorman-Chief Executive, Alison Brownlie-Director with Isla the dog, Malcolm Biagi, Bob Nolan-Chairperson, Michael Anderson-Director with dog Ferris, Drena O'Malley-Initiative Officer.

A funding boost of �25,000 awarded to Deaf Blind Scotland from Scottish Government Community Empowerment Minister Malcolm Biagi. With Suzanne Abate-Services Manager, Ruth Dorman-Chief Executive, Alison Brownlie-Director with Isla the dog, Malcolm Biagi, Bob Nolan-Chairperson, Michael Anderson-Director with dog Ferris, Drena O'Malley-Initiative Officer.

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A bumper £25,000 award 
will help enhance the lives of deafblind people, who can often face isolation and exclusion.

The funding from the Scottish Government to Deafblind Scotland, based in Lenzie, aims to make it easier for people with the dual disability to access information and speak out about issues that affect them.

As well as improving sign language services, a number of deafblind people will be recruited to represent members in meetings with public and community bodies.

Local Government and Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi announced the funding award during a recent visit to Lenzie.

He said: “Everyone in Scotland should be able to have a say on the decisions that matter to them and that includes deafblind people who are often excluded and left out of important conversations with agencies including local authorities and health services.

“Public bodies and community groups may believe it is too challenging to communicate with people who cannot access spoken or written language, but the consequence for deafblind people is that this lack of information can leave them feeling extremely isolated.

“This project will tackle these inequalities and give people more opportunities to put forward their views, and have more representation in their communities.”

He added the funding underlined the Scottish Government’s commitment to enabling the views of some of Scotland’s most marginalised people to be heard.

Ruth Dorman, chief executive of Deafblind Scotland, welcomed the funding.

She said: “This is a unique opportunity for Deafblind Scotland, along with three 
other organisations, the Scottish 
Government and the Voluntary Action Fund, to collaborate and work in partnership.

“Deafblind Scotland 
members will bring knowledge and expertise to the table, 
impacting on deaf and 
deafblind users and public bodies across Scotland.”