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Future funding arrangements for Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA)

Public consultation

Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) provides a range of services and activities for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Sandwell.

SDCA helps their members to achieve confidence and obtain the skills to enable them to have fulfilled lives.

We carried out a public-facing consultation on the options for future council funding arrangements for SVI, to ensure the views of users – and local people with an interest in the organisation – were gathered before a final decision was made.  

The Consultation took place from Wednesday 5 September to Tuesday 31 January 2017.

The options proposed for future funding were:

Option 1: No change to current Council funding arrangements for the organisation.

Option 2: Withdraw council provided funding now.

Option 3: Withdraw Council funding over two years

How did we consult?

We carried out an online survey and provided surveys in accessible formats which were returnable by email or handed in at the Deaf Community Centre. We also facilitated a special consultation event for SDCA service users and those who support them. A drop-in session was also held at Oldbury Library to gather wider views from other stakeholders and members of the public.

The consultation activity was promoted through our council website and social media and by SDCA's news channels. We also raised awareness in the local news to ensure anyone who wished to contribute to the consultation could do so in a way that best met their preferred communication needs.

Next steps

The consultation closed on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

We carefully considered all feedback received, and consultation findings were presented to cabinet members in a report on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

You can read our report on the consultation findings and the agreed outcome for future funding arrangements for SDCA on the consultation database  or watch our video in BSL (British Sign Language).