Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Donate to Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Forth Valley Sensory Centre is a charity and run on a not for profit basis. While we are grateful of the support given to us by our funders, this does not meet all the costs of the great service we provide. Read more about how to donate to the Centre and support our work.

Why donate to the Centre? What does your money do?

We need to raise approximately £4000 each month to put on our groups, classes and activities. Your money is vital to help us keep delivering these services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Centre has been here for over 11 years, helping thousands of people in that time. Over the years we have opened up a range of new groups as needs change in our local community.

Just £30 allows us to put on a lip reading class for 15 people, giving them the confidence to go out in public and

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meet friends or get by doing day to day tasks we all take for granted, such as simply popping to the shops.

£5 can help us put on lunch for one of our OAP groups, giving them not only a healthy dinner but also a safe place to meet friends. Another important part of this is our Minibus, we know from experience that the arrival of our bus to take someone to a group or event put on by the Centre, might be the first time they have left the house since the last time we called so it is crucial that our bus, which has a subsidised flat fare regardless of distance has funds to operate.

To keep costs down we also rely heavily on voluteers with around 50 now supporting the Centre. You can be assured that money donated to the Centre, for a specific project, like a certain group or class or to our Sensory Garden goes directly to supporting those people who need it most.


There are several ways in which you can donate:


You can arrange a fundraising event which we will be delighted to promote through our social media channels.

You can raise money through sponsorship too.If you are a UK taxpayer Forth Valley Sensory Centre will receive gift aid on your donation. All amounts, no matter how small (or big) are gratefully received and directly benefit people within the Forth Valley area.

Previous fundraising activities have included getting a tattoo (not for the faint hearted!)

And abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge, one of Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks

You can set up your own fundraising page for the Centre, support someone already raising funds or us or just make a donation to support our work. All amounts and efforts are gratefully recieved, no matter how small.


Businesses can become partners of the Centre. Make your business stand out in the Forth Valley!

Supporting the Centre shows that your business is interested in the local community and is open for customers with a sensory impairment.

We can offer:

  • Sponsorship of rooms [Your Company Name] Suite
  • Event hosting and sponsorship
  • Sponsorship in our garden
  • Advertising in our newsletter
  • Sighted guide and other sensory awareness training for your staff
  • Motivational speakers discussing the challenges they face as sensory people
  • Support through our extensive online ans social media channels
  • A place at our annual ‘Thank You’ dinner event with your logo displayed throughout

For more information, please contact Martin Allen – email:


You can also text FVSC and the amount (so to donate five pounds text FVSC 5) to 70070. We receive your entire donation. Texts are charged at your standard network rate.


You can collect FREE donations for the Centre, when you shop online with thousands of retailers!!!  From your weekly grocery shop to you summer holiday!  There are over 3000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation including NEXT, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury, John Lewis, Waitrose, Amazon, Easy Jet, Thomas Cook, House of Frazer, Aviva – and what’s great is it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!   

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3….

1.    Head to
2.    Every time you shop on-line, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3.    After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

Forth Valley Sensory Centre will be very grateful for your donations.  There are no hidden charges.

Legacy Giving

Why not make a big difference with your money and support sensory impaired people after you’ve gone?

Of course this is something no one really likes to think about but, if you choose to leave a gift for Forth Valley Sensory Centre in your Will, you can help people living with a sight and hearing loss achieve greater independence.  A legacy ensures that FVSC can continue to provide its charitable services to clients in the Forth Valley Area of Scotland.

By the age of 75, twenty per cent of us will have some sort of sight loss. By age 90, fifty per cent of us will have a sight loss and ninety percent of us will have a hearing loss, with many people having both a sight and a hearing loss.  As the population ages, the demand for the caring services of FVSC will only increase.

A Will is easy to do and will protect your loved ones from extra worry after you have passed away. All solicitors will provide this service and be able to advise how to leave a gift to FVSC should you wish to donate.  We have partnered with Solicitors for Older People Scotland and provided training for some of their staff members on helping people with sensory loss. Centre users can recieve a discount on services but the Centre recieves no payment from SOPS for this service, it is just about guiding our Centre Users to an organisation which we feel fits our values and will offer the right support.

Our Fundraising Guarantee to you

Fundraising is the life blood of many Scottish charities and we need to raise funds from voluntary sources. We could not fulfil our charitable mission without the support of generous, thoughtful and committed donors. We value the support of donors and understand the need to balance our duties to beneficiaries, with our duties to donors.

That’s why we make this commitment to you.

We will comply with the law as it applies to charities and fundraising and we commit that we will guarantee to adhere to best practice as outlined in the Fundraising Code of Practice.

We will monitor fundraisers, volunteers and third parties working with us to raise funds, ensuring that they also comply with this Code of Practice.

We guarantee to operate in line with the values of the Code; to be Legal, Open, Honest and Respectful in all our fundraising. To promote and underpin these values, we commit to the following standards:

    We will be clear about who we are and what we do
    We will give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and change or stop a regular donation
    If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision
    We will respect your rights and privacy
    We have a procedure for dealing with people in vulnerable circumstances and it will be published on our website or will otherwise be available on request
    We will hold your data securely
    We will communicate with you in accordance with your selected preferences.

If you feel we have not adhered to these standards, or think we could do better please contact Jacquie Winning, Centre Manager on 01324 590 888 and we will deal with your complaint quickly and thoroughly.

We commit to ensuring our complaints process is clear and easily accessible and we will provide clear and evidence based reasons for our decisions on complaints.

However, should you be dissatisfied with our response, you will be able to take this further by contacting the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel:

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