Supporting transformational change to enable people with lived experience of Deafness, Deafblindness or Visual Impairment to live well.

What is the Scottish Sensory Hub?

The Scottish Sensory Hub provides a platform for the voice of lived experience for anyone in Scotland with lived experience of Deafness, Deafblindness or Visual Impairment. It was launched in 2021 and draws experience from deafscotland (formerly the Scottish Council on Deafness) and SCOVI (Scottish Council on Visual Impairment).  

Lived experience is at the heart of everything the Scottish Sensory Hub does. The Sensory Hub acts as a bridge between the Scottish Government, public bodies, the third sector, and individuals, and enshrines a human rights-based approach for all. The Scottish Sensory Hub was founded to provide a strategic forum for cross-sensory input into policy and practice. It focuses on three key areas to promote living a good life – communication, information, and mobility. 

The Scottish Sensory Hub looks to support partnerships which uphold the strategic aims of the Scottish Government’s See Hear strategy and engage with organisations and individuals across the sensory landscape. 

The Scottish Sensory Hub Team includes: 

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What does the Scottish Sensory Hub do?

National See Hear Leads Network 

Scotland has a network of See Hear Leads located in each local authority area. They are responsible for supporting people with lived experience of Deafness, Deafblindness and Visual Impairment, identifying local service needs and setting priorities for delivering on the See Hear strategy. The Scottish Sensory Hub hosts and facilitates the National See Hear Leads meetings on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Hub also creates and distributes the See Hear Network News. This is a bimonthly publication detailing updates, events and employment opportunities from across Scotland’s sensory sector. The Sensory Hub team also respond to individual requests for information, signposting, and support. 

Policy, Consultation and Research 

The Scottish Sensory Hub conducts a range of lived experience research, co-design, and consultation work. Some of these activities are undertaken on behalf of Scottish Government, while others are independent. We also publish responses to developments across the sensory sector.


The Scottish Sensory Hub participates in a range of engagement activities. These include the Visual Impairment Network for Children and Young People (VINCYP), Hearing Impairment Network for Children and Young People (HINCYP) and the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) Advisory Group for children with disabilities and long-term conditions. 

Cross Party Groups

The Hub also provides the Secretariat for the Cross Party Group on Deafness, and is a member of the Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment

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