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Deaf communication service

Fife Council Deaf Communication Service provides a range of advice, support and equipment for people with a hearing loss. This includes people who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and Deaf BSL users.

We provide advice, support and information to carers, families and professionals in relation to deafness. This includes workplace assessments for employees with a hearing loss.

We can advise and provide appropriate communication support for meetings: for example BSL Interpreters, Electronic Note Takers, Hands-On (tactile) Interpreters and Lip-Speakers. British Sign Language taster sessions and Deaf Awareness sessions can be booked on CLMS for Fife Council Employees.

Find out more about details of our training dates.

BSL Plan for Fife

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 was given Royal Assent in October 2015. The purpose of the Act is to promote the use of British Sign Language (B.S.L.) as a recognised language in Scotland. The Act places a responsibility on local authorities to produce a local B.S.L. plan which details the actions each authority will take to achieve the Scottish Government's long term goals. Fife Council has been working closely with partner agencies and people who communicate through B.S.L. as their first language to produce Fife's British Sign Language Plan.

Fife BSL Local Plan 2023-2029 - Draft

For details of wider plans visit the 'See Hear' Strategy or download a copy of the Fife BSL Local Plan 2023-2029 - Draft

Download a copy of Fife's BSL Plan 2018-24.


BSL users can now contact the council using the ContactSCOTLAND-BSL app.

Contact Scotland BSL is Scotland’s British Sign Language Interpreting Video Relay Service (VRS) which lets you get in touch with all of Scotland’s public bodies and third sector organisations. To find out more about the service visit

British Sign Language Level 1 and 2 Sessions

If you have an interest in learning sign language, there are courses starting in September 2023. Please click on the link below to find out more and register your interest:

Every week from September 2023 until June 2024 (30 weeks)
Venue to be confirmed (Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy)

BSL Level 1 Tuesdays 10 – 12 pm £350
BSL Level 1 Thursdays 10 – 12 pm £350
BSL Level 1 Evening (TBC) £350
BSL Level 2 Thursdays 1.30 - 4.30 pm £400
BSL Level 2 Evening (TBC)  £400

Application to Study British Sign Language Level 1 or 2 (Known as BSL)

Please contact us if you require bespoke training tailored to your service needs.

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Related Publications

BSL signed information videos