BME Scotland Families
We currently have eight BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Family Support Volunteers who have successfully completed their training with our Scotland team.
These volunteers have received training on Family Support and some of them have received training on providing support at our Family Weekends.
To find out about the volunteers' backgrounds, languages spoken and also the training they have received so far and their experience, download the volunteer profile here.
The volunteers can be used to provide emotional support to newly diagnosed families and also communication support when family officers and statutory staff do home visits or can be used to make the first contact with the family over the phone or via email.
They can also support our events team to provide communication support to make our NDCS events or any local group events more accessible to families for whom English may not be the first language. The volunteers will also be supporting statutory staff i.e. teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, audiologists and social workers, to be able to engage better with the BME families.
To make the best use of volunteers please download a BME referral form (below) and email or post to Varshali Swadi, whose contact details are below. This will enable us to match the correct volunteer to the job.
There is also a consent form (below) which you may use to seek permission from a family for an NDCS Family Support Volunteer to make contact with them and also to ensure that they are happy with the ongoing sharing of information with regards to their deaf child.
The volunteers have been trained to log all the work they do for NDCS onto the referral forms which is then kept by NDCS on a secure database.
If you have any further questions regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact Varshali at:
National Deaf Children's Society, 2nd Floor, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX
Direct dial: 0141 354 7855