Edinburgh and the Lothians British Sign Language Plans

Closes 24 Feb 2018

Opened 19 Jan 2018


Public bodies in Scotland need to develop British Sign Language (BSL) plans. These need to mirror the principles of the national plan which was published in October by the Scottish Government.

Public bodies in Edinburgh and the Lothians are working together to engage BSL speakers, and communities including BSL/English Interpreters and parents/carers of Deaf children, in a straightforward way. 

Register your interest for our upcoming Engagement Event

To start a conversation with BSL speakers about improving access to services for those using the language, and raising awareness of BSL, an event is planned for Saturday 24th February 2018, 11am until 3pm in The Outreach Centre (next to Levels Cafe), 9C Holyrood Road, University of Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

(***Please note this is a change of venue***)


This event will cover all the goals of the national plan, from early years and education to improving democracy, from health services to policing, and much more besides.

You can come for as long as you like, and meet various responsible officers, to tell them what you think needs done to progress the goals of the National Plan in Lothian.

If you are interested in influencing the local plans, please save the date and register your interest below. We will keep you up to date and provide further details as they are confirmed.



  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • Looked after and accommodated children
  • Adults and Older People
  • Carers
  • Children and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Paying for Care
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • People with mental health issues
  • People with addictions
  • Offenders
  • All interests
  • Cycling and walking
  • Park and ride
  • Parking permits
  • Parking spaces
  • Parking tickets
  • Public Transport
  • Roads and pavements
  • Trams
  • Road safety
  • Traffic regulation
  • Travel in Edinburgh
  • Housing benefit
  • Welfare reform
  • Commercial bins and recycling
  • Non-commercial bins and recycling
  • Business rates
  • Economic development
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Licences and permits
  • Scientific services
  • Support for businesses
  • Trading standards
  • Births, marriages and deaths
  • Budgets and spending
  • Community planning
  • Councillors and committees
  • Access to information
  • Elections and voting
  • Funding opportunities
  • Performance and statistics
  • Policies, plans and strategies
  • Sustainable development and Fairtrade
  • Community safety
  • Crime & Antisocial behaviour
  • Emergency planning
  • Flooding
  • Protect someone from harm
  • Severe weather
  • Noise
  • Pest control
  • Pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Landscape designations
  • Nature
  • Council and housing association homes
  • Homeless or at risk
  • Housing support
  • Private housing
  • Council homes
  • Jobs and training
  • Jobs and training for young people
  • Volunteer
  • Arts and culture
  • Archives and local history
  • Museums and galleries
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport, activities and dance
  • Libraries
  • Building warrants
  • Conservation
  • Enforcement
  • Land and property
  • Local plans and guidelines
  • Planning applications
  • Permissions for development
  • Area regeneration
  • Public space
  • Adult and community learning & development
  • Nurseries and childcare
  • Parental engagement
  • Schools
  • Youth clubs and participation