Sensory charity supports Scottish Government consultation on local decision making

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A sensory charity is helping the Scottish Government deliver a consultation on how communities can be more involved in decision making locally.

Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) is supporting the Democracy Matters 2 consultation. The charity is using its expertise and local knowledge to ensure that those with sight and hearing loss can participate equally in the consultation, and is holding a series of supported events to help people take part.

FVSC supports thousands of people across Forth Valley in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, offering a range of services to those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing. It is holding special sessions at its centre in Falkirk, which are designed to make it as easy as possible for people with hearing and sight loss to attend. The first session, which takes place today (Tuesday 17 October 2023), will involve six people and run as a pilot event.

FVSC wants as many different people as possible to come along and be part of the discussions. It will organise further events for both blind and deaf people, and will run sessions online or in other locations if it is something people ask for. To arrange your place at a session, contact email Caroline Storey or pop into the centre.

Democracy Matters is part of the Scottish Government’s Local Governance Review which is looking across all of Scotland’s vital public services to consider how power and resources should be shared between national and local government.

“We are really pleased to support the Scottish Government as it works with local people to make better decisions and shape services in our community. It is really important that people from all walks of life who have sensory loss take part equally in this consultation. If you have sensory loss and want to join in with a group and help to make a difference to your community please get in touch.”

Jacquie Winning MBE, chief executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre


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