WDDA Deaf Communication Card Initiative

We are providing these cards free of charge to all Deaf BSL users so please just get in touch if you would like one. If you are an agency working with Deaf BSL users and would be interested in holding a supply of cards to give to your service users please email admin@wdda.co.uk.

Significance Sign Choir

Significance is our award winning Sign Choir. The Choir meets at the Victoria Education Centre in Poole on Thursdays at 7pm. Open to all. We also have a Junior Sign Choir (ages 5-15) led by Louise that meets at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday afternoons at 2pm.

‘Family Fun Day’ brings BSL to Boscombe Chine Gardens!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our ‘Sign for Change’ Family Fun Day on Sunday 23 June 2019. The weather was kind to us and it was great to bring hearing and Deaf children and families together to introduce BSL to the wider community. We raised £184.11 on the day, had people sign up to learn BSL with us and generated lots of interest in our sign choirs. A special thank you to Trustees George, Keith and Donna, volunteers Jas, Angela, Sandra and Louise and to Significance Sign Choir and our Junior Sign Choir for all their hard work in making the day such a great success. We’ll be setting a date for next year’s event very soon!

'Sign for Change'

We are looking to raise £5,000 to help fund our work supporting the development of a small team of Deaf and hearing BSL users to enable them to deliver Deaf Awareness & Communication training to local Nursery and Primary Schools in Dorset. “The sessions are amazing. I like learning how to sign to my friends.” – Year 3 Pupil. “I find the Sign Language lessons very fun and it means I can talk to someone who is deaf. Something I didn’t know how to do before” – Year 4 Pupil. If you would like to make a donation, or to find out more about our ‘Sign for Change’ campaign, please email us at donations@wdda.co.uk

Launch of 'Make it Clear!' Campaign

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is pleased to announce the launch of our new 'Make it Clear!' Campaign on 1st July 2020. The aim of the 'Make it Clear!' campaign is to get clear panel face masks in to circulation to help prevent further barriers to communication for the d/Deaf and HoH community. #makeitclear
Enrol now for our Autumn Term BSL courses!

Enrol now for our Autumn Term BSL courses!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 and 2 courses starting in September 2021. Our BSL Level 1 course will run on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting onTuesday 7th September 2021 (32 weeks) Our BSL Level...
Law changes open doors to deaf jurors

Law changes open doors to deaf jurors

Sign language interpreters are to be permitted in jury rooms in England and Wales, enabling most deaf people to take part in jury service for the first time. The planned legal change announced on Monday will amend strict rules that mandate only the 12 selected members of a jury can be...
FREE Online Bite-Sized Deaf Communication Skills Training!

FREE Online Bite-Sized Deaf Communication Skills Training!

Fancy learning something new in lockdown? Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund we are able to bring our popular Bite-sized Deaf Communication Skills training sessions to you online for FREE as part of our ‘Make It Clear!’ Campaign. The session is for anyone that wants to know more about...