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Employment opportunities at National Deaf Childrens Society (NDCS) Scotland
21/07/2014

Policy and Campaigns Assistant vacancy

NDCS are looking for an experienced Policy and Campaigns Assistant to join its well established team in Scotland. You will support NDCS in working with a range of partners in local and national Government and across the sector to create positive change in the services and supports for deaf young people and their families.

The key focus is to improve the outcomes for deaf children, young people and their families in Scotland.

Salary: £18,951 - £22,792 pro-rata
Salary info: 25 hours per week. Fixed term 1 year contract.
Job Type: Part time
Closing date: 4 August 2014
Location: Glasgow office based

Visit this page for more information.

Employment opportunites at SCoD
17/07/2014

Scottish Council on Deafness job vacancies:

Office Manager
Based in Glasgow (full time – permanent)
Salary: circa £18,500 to £21,500
Deadline: Tuesday 22 July 2014

Please see link below for more information:
http://www.scod.org.uk/information/vacancies/

Research Worker (Membership)
Based in Glasgow (full time – 3 months Graduate Internship Opportunity)
Salary: £6.31 per hour
Deadline: Friday 25 July 2014

Please see link below for more information:
http://www.scvo.org.uk/jobs-employability/vacancies/equality-internship-programme/

Opportunities for Graduates with a disability or long term health condition. Anyone interested in this opportunity (Research Worker) should contact their local Jobcentre Plus who will check their eligibility.

Ayrshire Sensory Impairment Plan launched
14/07/2014

A pioneering plan to revolutionise access to services for people with sight and hearing loss in Ayrshire was launched yesterday, in part to meet a huge expected upsurge in the numbers living with sensory impairment.

Sensory loss can be present from birth, but for most people it occurs later in life, and can range from a relatively low level disability to total blindness or deafness.

Yesterday’s moves, the first of their kind in Scotland, have seen all three Ayrshire local authorities join forces with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and RNIB Scotland to offer a more integrated, easy-to-access service.

Eddie Fraser, Director of Health and Social Care for East Ayrshire Council has led this work on behalf of the councils and health board. He said: “We put these proposals out to public consultation in March and got a very positive response.

“As well as integrating services for people with sight and hearing loss, we want to include a stronger focus on prevention and enablement, and community-based provision.

“A pan-Ayrshire and Arran approach to sensory impairment will allow for a more standardised and consistent approach to service delivery. It will enable one point of access with a clear and effective referral pathway into the service, providing a more responsive approach which will meet individual needs.”

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Queen Margaret University confers honorary degrees at Usher Hall ceremony
03/07/2014

Former BBC international affairs journalist, Kate Adie, joined influential theatre director, Eugenio Barba at the ceremony where they both received an honorary degree from Queen Margaret University,  yesterday at the Usher Hall.

As a leader in education for allied health professionals and the only provider of audiology education in Scotland, Queen Margaret University was particularly keen to honour Kate given her work with the charity Hearing Link. Kate is a patron of Hearing Link which supports people with hearing impairment and deafness.

Full story from the Edinburgh Reporter.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
12/06/2014

Edinburgh International Book Festival will be ensuring that all four of their venues will have infrared systems in place to improve the listening experience for those with hearing loss; neck loops and headphones will be made available to hearing aid users and others who want to hear as well as possible.

A hearing loop system was looked into (which allows sound to go directly into hearing aids without the need for a neck loop or head phones) but the organisers determined that the large amount of steelwork involved in the temporary venues would impact on the audio quality of the loop.

There will be no live text transcriptions so people can read what is said as it is said but there will be other written information available to browse and enjoy.

To find out more about access arrangements at this major literary event, see page 88 of the EILF brochure. www.edbookfest.co.uk

Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create
06/06/2014

Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create, providing information to open up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss and sign language users.

For thirty years, Artlink has been offering support and assistance to people with disabilities who want to enjoy Edinburgh’s vibrant and diverse arts scene. 

With 200 clients and over 100 volunteers, what is now known as the Arts Access service arranges over 1000 outings a year for people who feel they need a bit of extra help to get out and about.

It’s a personal service: people who join Arts Access choose when and where they want to go, whether it’s to the cinema, the opera, a gallery, or a late night Fringe show, and they are matched with a volunteer driver/companion who shares their tastes.

Check it out.

BT's newsletter - interview with Dr Lorraine Gailey, CEO Hearing Link
13/05/2014

Lorraine says 'Hearing loss is not just a medical issue, it is an emotional and psychological one too. When we begin to lose our hearing, we have to change the way we communicate with the important people in our lives and this means big changes in our relationships.

Without the right support, this will often lead to isolation within the family, social withdrawal, feelings of anxiety and depression - and sometimes loss of employment. The challenges are many and varied and affect all aspects of life, at home, at work, when you're out and about.'

Read the full article from BT's newsletter Including You >Connections

Hearing Link survey: How can hearing loss be easier to manage?
28/01/2014

You can help shape the services that Hearing Link offers and you can help us to understand more about what matters to you by completing our new survey.

The results will be powerful in influencing our thinking and our actions so please take some time to fill it in. Your views count.

We want to gather as much feedback as possible by the end of February 2014. Many thanks for your involvement.

Please complete the survey here.

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