Scottish Ethnic Minority Deaf Charity (SEMDC)

Delivered by Scottish Ethnic Minority Deaf Charity (SEMDC)
Note: this service is only for ethnic minorities and people with disabilities
  • Benefits advice
  • Employability skills
  • Crafting

United by our Deaf identity we are open to all people who are Deaf and from an ethnic minority and are especially eager to learn of other cultures.

At the bi-weekly Deaf club, we meet and socialise, invite guest speakers on a variety of topics. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, It’s a great place to practice and learn British Sign Language – particularly those from outside the UK, or for those who are just learning BSL.

Our unique Deaf Relay Interpreting Service ensures that all our members, receive the right level communication support to make informed decisions relating to their own individual circumstances.

Workshop topics range from ‘raising awareness of mental health’, ‘member led art and crafts’, and ‘English and driving theory classes’. We have a great sense of adventure, have a Deaf Walking Group, with trained walking leaders, as we love to go exploring new places.

Deaf ‘CAN’ is our employability programme, where people are supported to find work or enter training/education. We also provide Welfare Rights support, addressing inequalities within the benefits systems and ensuring our members have access to understanding their rights.

Member led, we have lived experience and take a Human Rights and Equalities First Approach by ensuring our members are being treated, fairly, respectfully, equally, with dignity and allowed autonomy.

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