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News and Events

This section is for you! We want to keep you updated of all events and activities that are happening with Deaf young people at the SDYA. There are clips of events that have had been held during the last year (2008).

If there is anything you want Deaf young people in Scotland to know, e.g. an event, rally, training event, or information (or anything!) that may be useful for Deaf young people to know, please pass the information to us.

If there is an event that you knew was held by the SDYA and there is no information here, please let us know by emailing us.

The 'Drop In' evening is every Friday from 6-8pm here at the BDA: Scotland offices. Just come along and meet friends, chat, and moan or get advice and support from the group. We are always willing to listen.


News and Forthcoming Events:

Coming Soon! The BDA Youth Forum!
Do you want to meet other young deaf people and have fun, go on trips, interesting activities? If you answer yes, then get in touch.

The BDA youth forum is being set up so you can have your say! Let us know what you want and we can help you access services, get involved with the Scottish Youth parliament, attend deaf events and most of all have a laugh with friends.

email or text 07795822102 :)


Weekly Drop In – every Friday from 6pm.
Just email to find out what’s happening that week!


LGBT Youth Scotland - Glasgow
We have now moved our Glasgow youth groups to our new venue in Bell Street in Glasgow City Centre.  Our goal is to create a safe, friendly and confidential environment for young people, where they can meet new friends, get involved in projects, get support and advice but most importantly have a laugh.

Please email to contact a worker if you would like to come along for the first time to any of our Glasgow youth groups.

All groups run from 7 till 9.00pm


Rainbow Sisters Girls Group - Every second Monday night


Shout 13-18 Youth Group - Every Tuesday Night

Wednesday :

Standout 18-25 Youth Group - Every Wednesday Night


For more information about any of our Glasgow groups, all you need to do is e-mail or you can contact us by text message on 0778 148 17 88.
Please contact for further details on BSL communication supported youth groups.


Past and Recent Events:

What Where When Cost
Photography Workshop BDA Offices, Hope St Friday 28th Jan 6-8pm Free
Youth Job Club BDA Offices, Hope St Friday 4th Feb 6-8pm Free
Photography Workshop BDA Offices, Hope St Tuesday 8th Feb 6-8pm Free
Deaf Active BDA Offices, Hope St Friday 18th Feb 6-8pm Free
Outdoor Photography Session Meet at BDA Offices, Hope St Saturday 26th Feb 11-2pm Free
Independent Living skills workshop Meet at BDA Offices, Hope St Friday 4th March 6-8pm Free
Games Night Meet at BDA Offices, Hope St Friday 18th March 6-8pm Free


Scottish Youth Parliament (LOCAL) Press Office
Friday 18th February 2011
Scottish Youth Parliament Members to Challenge Scottish Party Leaders

On the 12th of March 2011, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MYSPs) will have the opportunity to question the leaders of the five major Scottish Political Parties. MYSPs will be questioning their Holyrood compatriots on the key issues affecting young people today. These issues, compiled from a consultation involving 43,000 young people, make up the Scottish Youth Parliament Manifesto which will be formally launched in the morning before the SYP Leaders Debate.
Mr/Ms X, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for X Constituency, says: “I am really excited by the opportunity the SYP Leaders debate provides for me to question Scotland’s political leaders on the main issues affecting young people. I know people in my constituency of X are worried about Government cuts, the future of Higher Education and how we create a fairer and better Scotland.” Ends.

Notes to Editors
•All media enquiries to Ewan MacDonald (or appropriate local press officer) on 07554 240307.
•The SYP Manifesto will be released on the 12th of March 2011.
•Further information on the Scottish Youth Parliament can be found at
•The British Deaf Association supports 2 young people to represent the Deaf community at the Scottish Youth Parliament. Please contact for more information.

Fundraising Night
The SDYA is holding a fund raising night at the ‘Walkabout pub’ in Glasgow on Friday 19th November from 7-12pm. Tickets are £3 or £5 on the door and includes a raffle ticket and free buffet! Come along and join in the fun, including ‘Deaf Blind Date’. All proceeds will go to the SDYA and activities for Deaf young people, including the camping trip next year. For more info contact see you there!

Get Involved
Do you want to get involved with the future of young Deaf people? Following on from the first Open Day held on 16th October, a second day will now be held on Jan 29-30th 2011 so more people can get involved.

The Steering group is a forum for young Deaf people and youth workers working with young Deaf people, listening to the views and opinions of the youth population in the UK and acting on their behalf.

The Steering group is looking for interested and committed people who would like to take an active role in shaping and empowering young Deaf people with support from the British Deaf Association campaigning for your rights. Come along, get involved and bring your ideas!

Lunch provided.

For more info and to confirm your attendance, please contact Cathie:-Text Phone 0845 1 302 853, Voice 0845 1 302 851, Fax 0845 1 302 852 or email

Scottish Youth Parliament
Alan Drew and Graham Dow were elected to represent the British Deaf Association at the Scottish Youth Parliament in the summer this year. They are keen to hear from you regarding any issues that affect you as a young Deaf person. To get in touch please email and she will pass on your messages, or check out the website for more info.

LGBT Weekend
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender? LGBT youth Scotland are running a residential weekend from the 30th July - 1st August. It will be held in Tulliallan Police College, Fife and only costs £10!! If you are interested in coming, then just email me and check out their website too: Interpreters provided :)

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”

Unemployed? 18-30? Want to help children who are under privileged? Then why not apply to join the BDA: Scotland for the trip of a lifetime to Bulgaria? The project runs for 2 weeks, and all flights, accommodation and food is paid for, all you need to do is raise £100 to help the children re-build their school. The next project will be September time, so watch this space! A group of young people took part in the project in February and thoroughly enjoyed it! They painted a classroom, put in new flooring and had enough money to buy some furniture. It’s not all work though, there’s plenty of opportunities to go sightseeing, meet other young Deaf people, eat interesting new foods, learn International Sign Language, and much more! Interested? Are you up for the challenge? Then email me at and check out and the Facebook page too for lots of comments etc.

The Scottish youth Parliament (SYP)
If you are aged Deaf, aged 14-25 and live in Scotland, you are eligible to stand as a candidate representing the BDA: Scotland. If you feel that you have what it takes to represent other young people in Scotland, then this could be your chance. Members of the SYP (MSYP) get loads of opportunities, but they also have responsibilities – they are expected to attend 3 National Sittings (weekend meetings) where possible, take part in campaigns and generally represent the views of other young people to decision-makers. Though it isn’t standard, we expect the average amount of time an MSYP spends on their work to be about 5 hours a week. At present Jamie Dow is the MSYP, but we are looking for another young person to join him representing the BDA: Scotland. Interested? For more information email me and check out the website

8th May 2010
The SDYA will be visiting the Science Centre ‘Satrosphere’ in Aberdeen. We will be putting on sessions in BSL for anyone interested. This will be a good opportunity to meet other young Deaf people and share their experiences. More information will be available soon so watch this space!

12th March 2010
Look ok? Feel crap? Paul McCusker from Deaf Connections will be talking about mental health and young people. Come along on the 12th March to the ‘drop in’ at 6.30pm and have a chat.

26th February 2010
Aged from 16 – 19? Deaf and would like to talk about your experiences at school, or relationships you have had? Come along to the ‘drop in’ here at Hope St in Glasgow on 26th Feb from 6.30 – 7.30pm. Free food and refreshments provided. Just email me.

11th February 2010
On Thursday 11th of February an intrepid group of 6 young Deaf people are off to Bulgaria for 2 weeks to work with the Bhagavat Educational Trust. They will be helping to upgrade an orphanage and socialize with the children. The weather out there is very cold with heavy snow at the moment, so nothing they are not used to in Scotland! The work will be challenging but very rewarding, with opportunities to visit historic sites and time to gain qualifications suitable for volunteering/jobs back in the UK. We wish them well.

Friday 18th December 2009
Christmas mulled wine night. 6-8pm, All welcome!

There is fundraising night on Friday 13th November at Deaf Connections 7pm. Come and join the fun and watch David McDougall donate ALL his hair for charity! There will be music, raffle prizes and lots of sponsored activities. Tickets are £3.50 at the door.

Historic news!
On Friday 30th of October Jamie Dow will be at the House of Commons in London. He has been chosen to represent the British Deaf Association and the Scottish Youth Parliament, along with only 14 other young people. It is the first time in 800 years that a non-elected member has been able to join the debate. Well done Jamie!

September 2009
Camping trip to Wales!
This trip will see the SDYA working in partnership with the BDA: Wales and their youth groups. It will be a weekend packed full of fun and interesting workshops. There will also be a chance to meet new friends and learn about life in Wales. Email Sally to put your name down now!

August 20th 2009
Join the SDYA committee!
The next meeting will take place in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre (time to be arranged). Need any more information? Email Sally who will put you in touch with the committee members, or just come along.

July 31st 2009
Solar Bear (Deaf Youth Theatre) will be performing their show 'Gone' at 7.30pm. Why not come along and join us for a night at the theatre and support the young Deaf actors. Tickets only £3

July 2009
Glasgow Science Centre, the River Festival and the SDYA!
On the 25th and 26th of July we set up home in the Glasgow Science Centre to raise awareness of the SDYA, BSL and of course the BDA. 4 volunteers helped to reach out to children and families and introduce them to BSL by doing 'drop in' sessions. The River Festival was also taking place which attracted almost 4000 people to the Centre over the weekend. Well done!

June 2009
The SDYA has 2 elected members in the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP). During the day we marched through the streets of Edinburgh down to the Scottish Parliament to highlight Climate Change issues. At night the members attended the 10th anniversary celebrations at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. It was a posh event with everyone dressed up and glamorous! Interested? Get in touch!