Joint British Sign Language Plan for Argyll and Bute: Draft Local Plan for Consultation

You can see the Joint British Sign Language Plan here


The Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place in the world for British Sign Language (BSL) users to live, learn, work and visit. This means that people whose first or preferred language is BSL will be fully involved in daily and public life in Scotland, as active, healthy citizens, and will be able to make informed choices about every part of their lives.

The BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 requires named public bodies in Scotland to publish local plans every six years, showing how they will promote and support BSL. We want to know what you think of the first Draft Joint Local British Sign Language Plan for Argyll and Bute 2018 – 2024.

The plan has been developed jointly by Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland Health Board (includes the services devolved to the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP)) and liveArgyll (a charitable trust which delivers leisure and library services on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council), who are responsible for some of the goals listed under the Culture and Arts, and Health (including social care), Mental Health and Wellbeing sections.

Our draft Local BSL Plan follows the same layout as the Scottish Government’s National Plan which was published on 24 October 2017.

The BSL National Plan is framed under ten long-term goals which have been put together with the help and support of Deaf and Deafblind BSL users across Scotland.

Throughout this document we refer to ‘BSL users’. This covers all people whose first or preferred language is BSL, including those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss.

Draft Joint Local BSL Plan for Argyll and Bute

We want to know what BSL users and their representatives think of the goals which we have set for the next 6 years. Please let us know if you think these are the right goals so we can make sure your concerns and issues are considered throughout our final plan, and this information can be translated into our actions.

You can find the full BSL version of the consultation here on our Youtube channel

Our Goals

Our goals are set out in different sections. Please answer as many questions in as many sections as you can.

How you can tell us what you think

You can share your views and suggestions in the following ways:

Please note your email should not be more than 25MB.

  • BSL users can phone us by using contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting video relay service
    • Lisa Bond, Business Partner Performance & Improvement, Argyll and Bute Council, 01546 604022
    • Alison Hardman, Health Improvement Lead (Equalities), NHS Highland, 07795 612590
    • Paul Ashworth, Commercial Manager, liveArgyll, 01369 708591
  • Send your response in English or in BSL on a DVD or USB to: BSL Plan Consultation, Improvement & HR, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8RT
  • Come along to one of our consultation events on 14 August 2018:
    • Tarbert Academy, School Road, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6TE between 10.30 – 12.30
    • Lochgilphead Community Centre, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QX between 14.00 – 16.00.

The consultation opens on 2 August 2018 and closes on 2 September 2018.