Development (SID) Group
Sensory impairment groups now qualified in fundraising skills
Community Liaison’s Funding and Development Officer (FADO) for
Sensory Impairments is working with Kirklees groups run by/for people
with sensory impairments. The groups identified some common training
needs including fundraising skills. A meeting with Fit4Funding (Charities
Information Bureau) was organised and SID groups decided that they
would benefit from a four day fundraising skills course - accredited by
Open College Network (OCN).
Accreditation is at:
Level 2 - This is comparable to NVQ Level 2, GCSE’s A* to C and
Level 3 - This is comparable to NVQ Level 3, A and AS Levels,
Course content included:
Understand project planning
Understand a range of relevant funding sources
Understand the application process
Understand how to produce a funding proposal
Understand how to produce a fundraising strategy
As well as some additional pieces of work which learners complete in
their own time including a project fundraising plan and completion of an
application form to a funder.
All the hard work is already helping SID groups to develop new services
Successful funding bids have already been submitted following the course.
The groups who attended include; KVIN (Kirklees Visual Impairment
Network), Better Future for the Blind, Society for the Blind Dewsbury,
Batley & District, Huddersfield Macular Society and Hard of Hearing
7 people completed the course; 5 have visual impairments; 1 is hard
of hearing and 1 is non disabled. Everybody who attended achieved
accreditation: 4 people achieved level 2 and 3 people achieved level
3. Certificates and celebrations were held in May 2010.
Members of SID Group got to know each other and have developed
partnership projects e.g. BFFB and KVIN secured funding to run a
pilot swimming project in March 2010 at Huddersfield Sports Centre.
A member of Huddersfield Macular Society‘s committee attended and
submitted her first funding application for volunteer expenses to
Community Liaison for a Locality Grant.
KVIN secured a Community Liaison Grant to run a peer support
mobility project for people with visual impairment using GPS
Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District’s chairperson
secured a Community Liaison grant to establish a new telephone
support service for people recently diagnosed with a visual impairment.
Fit4Funding gained experience in making their accredited courses
accessible to people with sensory impairments.
Speech to text reporting meant that members of Hard of Hearing
Fellowship could take part in the training.
The Fit4Funding representative said “We learnt a lot about the members'
projects and their activities, and they helped us to learn how to meet
Dorothy Sommerville, Chair of the Huddersfield Hard of Hearing
Fellowship, said “The course was very helpful and enjoyable. Since the
course I have been successful in getting funding for a Pilot Health
Project. The project will enable deaf and hard of hearing people to take
part in activities which they normally find difficult because the people
planning them are not aware of their needs.”
Making the course accessible to participants with sensory
People with visual impairments - Handouts and course materials were
produced in various formats according to learners’ individual needs e.g.
large print, email, coloured paper and screen reader friendly documents.
Hard of hearing people - We recruited speech to text reporters who typed
every word spoken which was projected onto a large screen and provided
transcripts for future reference.
Deaf people - We budgeted for BSL interpreters in case any members of
the deaf centre wanted to attend. Members of the deaf centre
committee decided that this course was not right for them and the FADO
(Sensory Impairments) will work with them to find a suitable course
For more information please contact:
Funding and Development Officer (Sensory Impairments)
Community Liaison, 3rd floor, 30 Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2HG
Tel: 01484 225142
To find out more about SID member organisations and to access a range
of information relating to sensory impairments, please use the following
community websites that have been developed by member organisations.
www.bvik.co.uk - designed by visually impaired people for visually
impaired people and others. This site provides information and news
from SID Group members and others and is hosted by the Society for
the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District, supported by Kirklees Council
www.kdhi.org.uk - designed by Kirklees Deaf and Hard of Hearing
people. This website gives information about activities, facilities and
assistance available locally for these groups/individuals and their families.