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United Kingdom

Supporting the Deaf Community in Scotland through the Covid-19 Crisis

By Deaf Action

Executive Summary

Deaf people are particularly at risk during the Covid-19 crisis, in particular: 
MENTAL HEALTH 
Deaf people are between 25% and 50% more likely to suffer from mental health problems. Communication problems contribute to the increased risk. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health challenges experienced by people who are deaf, and the current crisis has increased the risk of the onset, or worsening of these conditions. 
SOCIAL ISOLATION 
Deaf people get very frustrated, isolated and depressed if there is no-one in their hearing family or local communities that can communicate with them. Even for those people who do not live alone, they are experiencing the isolating effects of their disability. 
YOUNG PEOPLE 
Young people due to transition into or out of secondary education will be particularly affected by the abrupt end to the 2019/20 academic year and need support to prepare them for the next stage.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:

150

Gender:

Female, Male

Age:

12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:

Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed

Accessibility:

Disabled

Location:

Urban, Suburban, Rural, Remote


Planet: Environmental Impact

Land:

-

Water:

-

Air:

-


Topic and Activity Grid

Topics

 

Wellbeing

Children & Youth

Community Engagement

Mental health

Elderly

Advocacy

Catalysing

Convening

Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness

Training


Geography

Country:

United Kingdom


Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Wellbeing

Wellbeing will improve: - indicators include levels of confidence & self-esteem; levels of stress and anxiety; feelings of happiness/optimism; feelings of resilience and ability to cope. Evidence has shown that our planned interventions will deliver positive changes against these indicators.

— Isolation

Social isolation will be reduced: - indicators include feelings of loneliness; levels of social contact; size of social circle/network; amount of time spent alone; feelings of being supported; sense of having access to help.

— Inclusion

Social and Digital Inclusion will be increased: - indicators include perceptions of accessibility; feelings of being included and visible; levels of participation in activities; levels of digital skills; confidence and motivation to use digital tools; feelings of being supported to try new things.

Long Term:


Activities:

We propose a package of measures combining new activities, with adaptations to our existing services: 
BSL Counselling 
We wish to offer the members of our community access to counselling services, delivered by Counsellors fluent in BSL and experienced in supporting the needs of deaf people of all ages. 
Befriending for Isolated Adults 
We wish to provide distance-befriending services to isolated members of our community. This service will be tailored to individual communication needs and will include BSL provision with video calls. Some of our most vulnerable clients lack essential IT equipment and digital skills to allow them to access this support, and we will overcome this with provision of equipment and coaching to get connected. Our Befrienders can also identify additional needs such as food or medicine deliveries, which we can support them to meet. 
Befriending for Young People 
We will offer a befriending service, delivered online and tailored to individual communication needs – which are diverse. Small groups of young people with similar support needs can also be supported online, offering an opportunity to socialise together and share their experiences.

Project Budget:

£149,993

2 Funders supported this project
(38%)

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£50

will provide one session of BSL Counselling

£100

will provide a young deaf person with a package of support

£150

will provide training for a volunteer befriender to support an isolated deaf person

£150

will provide a deaf person with a pre-programmed tablet to access online support

Timeline:

1 year

Direct Commitment Ratio:

80.57%

Project to Org. Size Ratio:

6.62%

Needs Intensity Meter

Global intensity meter
3 0 10
In-country intensity meter
5 0 10

How does this work?

SDGs

Goal 1: No Poverty

This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

This goal focuses on all areas of food access, nutrition, agricultural productivity, sustainable production and consumption systems, and fostering a resilient ecosystem to shocks and disasters by promoting the diversity of crops. In addition it promotes investment in rural infrastructure, makes a commitment to addressing trade issues, and to oversee a functioning food commodity market.

Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing

This goal covers all aspects of health and wellbeing from infant mortality to effective service provision to those suffering from substance addiction. There are special commitments to ensuring access to affordable healthcare, the development of disease treatment, cure and prevention, and to strengthen the capacity of all countries for early warning, risk reduction and management of global health risks.

Goal 4: Quality Education

This goal seeks parity in access to education. There is specific focus on areas of early years development, and throughout the educational landscape, from literacy and numeracy to technical and tertiary education. There is a specific mention of upgrading educational infrastructure to be fully inclusive in terms of gender, disability and culture, offering bursaries and scholarships to address imbalances, and also to ensure high quality training and supply of educators.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

This goal champions universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all people. There is an element around hygiene promotion, efficiency of use, championing the building and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and technologies, and building strong international partnerships to ensure equality and sustainability of water and sanitation services worldwide.

Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy

This goal focuses on access to energy in a way that is modern, affordable, sustainable and reliable. There is also a commitment to promote and expand the share of energy production by renewable means, championing research and investment into energy efficiency and technologies, and ensuring that the infrastructure and technology has the capacity to support these aims, especially in developing countries.

Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

This goal covers all aspects of sustainable economic growth and providing full and productive, decent work for all people. The goal is progressive in its promotion of development-oriented policies around entrepreneurship and job creation, resource efficiency, and an end to forced labour and slavery. There’s also a special consideration to reducing the unbanked population, and promoting an integrated strategy around the future of work and the employment of young people.

Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

This goal supports the building of infrastructure and innovations to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The focus is on equality of access to economic development within countries, regions and across borders. There is specific promotion of research and development of technologies both in country and cross-border, and in turn increase access to connectivity, information and communication through access to the internet.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

This goal seeks to reduce inequality within and among countries, in terms of economic, social, and political inclusion. There is a commitment to achieve and sustain the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than a national average, reduce and eliminate discriminatory laws and practices, monitor international financial markets, encourage development assistance and financial flows, from nation states to individuals in the form of remittances.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

This goal pertains to the urban environment in terms of safety, sustainability, respect for heritage, environmental considerations, and the connectivity between urban, peri-urban and rural settlements and areas. Specifically, ensuring that cities are safe, inclusive and of net benefit to its inhabitants, the wider population, and the planet as a whole.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

This goal promotes the move towards sustainability of consumption and production on a national and global scale, and covers everything from transparency and clarity on consumer choice, to the sustainable management of waste from industrial production. This Goal specifically looks at influencing businesses (through recommendation and policy) to incorporate sustainability into their procurement, staffing, and reporting, such that sustainability is embedded in the consumption and production cycle.

Goal 13: Climate Action

This goal covers all aspects of addressing and combating climate change. From strengthening resilience of populations at risk of natural disasters and climate based hazards, to education at a human and institutional level on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources. With an emphasis on reducing marine pollution, increasing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems, research on and minimisation of marine acidification, and sustainably managing water-reliant economies to ensure biodiversity while also ensuring fair work and income for those dependent on the oceans.

Goal 15: Life On Land

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

This goal promotes working together, which will strengthen the means of implementation from a local to a global level to achieve sustainable development. Specifically the partnerships are divided into financial, technological, capacity-building, trade, policy and institutional coherence, including multiple stakeholders, and monitoring and accountability. By partnering on any or all of these bases will assist in the reliable achievement of the other 16 Goals.

Five Pillars Graph:

How does this work?

Your project is addressing the following pillars:

People

An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.

Planet

Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.

Prosperity

Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.

Peace

Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.

Partnership

To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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