Charity registered in Scotland SC031167
Deafblind Scotland is a leading Scottish charity inthe field of deafblindness. Our sole focus is toimprove the lives of adults who have lost, or arelosing, both sight and hearing.
Deafblind Scotland is the specialist charity working with adults living with dual sensory impairment. Our ambitions are high for members and we are therefore at the cutting edge of finding ways to support people to lead their most meaningful life. The Dare to Dream Lived Experience Project (D2D) will focus on building peer leadership skills and opportunities for deafblind people. Aligning with the Scottish Government’s commitment to build a fairer nation.
The project worker will work with deafblind people and the Scottish Advisory Group on Deafblindness (SAGoD), who Deafblind Scotland (DbS) hosts, to support deafblind people to increase their capacity to engage with national policy and service developments. Ensuring deafblind people, who are amongst the most disadvantaged in society, have a voice and are heard. Raising Deafblind people’s ambitions using this moment in time, as Scotland comes out of COVID-19 Pandemic, focused on building back fairer.
This role will also involve working with deafblind people to support them to help shape our Dare to Dream strategy, ensuring that it is genuinely built with the perspective of deafblind people. Enabling deafblind people to shape a Deafblind Scotland where they can ‘Dare to Dream’ and a society where these dreams may be realised.
This is an exciting time for Deafblind Scotland, having gone through a period of growth including to develop a unique specialist Guide Communication service for people with a dual sensory impairment and to undertake a capital fundraising campaign that allowed us to build a Learning and Development Centre within our own ‘Field of Dreams’. We now want to raise our ambitions still further to reach the very many people living with dual sensory impairment across Scotland to ensure that they live connected and fulfilling lives. This is a big ambition and one which requires committed and aspirational leadership to enable the staff team and organisation to flourish. If that sounds like you then please read further.
Deafblind Scotland are an organisation that is determined that all our efforts to improve the lives of deafblind people should be guided by those who most understand what needs to change – deafblind people. We are therefore committed to ensuring that we are led by this experience and to this end 50% of our Board of Trustees are deafblind. We also want to ensure that we engage the most talented and passionate external experts that can bring onto the Board a range of experience from business, third and public sector leadership or policy making in Scotland. We are therefore seeking applications from candidates that have either lived experience of a dual sensory impairment or those who can bring us that key external reflection and guidance. All candidates must share the values of the organisation of equality, inclusion and integrity and meet the essential criteria within our Person Specification. Our Governing documents do not allow for applications from current employees of Local Authorities, however if you have this experience and you are no longer employed by a local authority your application would be welcome. We are also not able to accept applications for those who have been employed by Deafblind Scotland over the past 2 years. Please note all Trustees are required to be members of the PVG scheme and will be asked to apply if being offered the role as Trustee.
The Board regularly considers all areas of governance at 6 Board meetings per year. In addition, a Finance and Risk Sub-Committee and a Fundraising and Development Sub-Committee meet quarterly. To support deafblind Trustees to fully participate within the Board of Directors, specialist communication support is provided, including formatted documentation, additional briefing sessions, electronic note takers and British Sign Language, Tactile BSL and Deafblind Manual interpreters. We take equality very seriously and value the diverse range of perspectives this brings. We are therefore seeking applications from a range of interested individuals
Additional Information: Initial Term 3 years.
Travel Expenses Paid
Deafblind Scotland is a specialist charity working with adults living with dual sensory impairment. Our ambitions are high for members and we are therefore at the cutting edge of finding ways to support people to lead their most meaningful life.
The Touching Lives Take 2 (TLT2) project is a peer-led approach to addressing the social isolation experienced by many older adults living with deafblindness. TLT2 will enable deafblind people to acquire the necessary skills to become trainers in 1) deafblind awareness and 2) deafblind manual communication/guiding.
The Deafblind awareness and deafblind manual communication/guiding workshops will be provided to groups and organisations whose membership or remit supports the wellbeing of older people within Fife and East Dunbartonshire.
The Project Officer will work with a steering group of deafblind people to market, plan and deliver peer lead deafblind awareness training within East Dunbartonshire. The successful candidate will support the training of deafblind people as well as identifying suitable groups, partners and organisations to receive the Deafblind awareness training. The project officer will co-ordinate and manage all aspect of delivery within East Dunbartonshire and implement a monitoring strategy ensuring all project aims and objectives are met.